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AEDC to host export seminar for small, medium businesses

Arkansas Economic Development Commission will host a series of three export workshops to help businesses develop customized export plans.

Three full day sessions will be hosted by Manufacturing Solutions, a department of the Arkansas Economic Development Commision, at Pulaski Technical College – Business and Industry Center in Little Rock. The workshops will be held March 23, April 25 and May 25. The workshops are organized under the ExportTech format, a national export assistance program developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology.

ExporTech is intended for small and medium product companies and is open to companies that are new to exporting or with some export experience who wish to explore global opportunities. Small and medium product companies are make significant contributions to Arkansas exports. Arkansas SMEs made up 80 percent of all exporting companies and contributed to 20 percent of the value of total exported goods in 2014.

80 percent of Arkansas goods exporters are small businesses. These exporters contribute to nearly a quarter of the known value of Arkansas exports.

Attendees will learn export strategies and best practices, mechanics of exporting, and how to create an export growth plan. The workshop’s content is customized to the specific needs of each participant.

Registration is $1,750 per company with reimbursement of some of the expenses upon completion of the class series, in addition to reimbursement U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Key-related expense reimbursement by the World Trade Center Arkansas.

For more information, contact Scott Hardin, Communications Director for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at shardin@arkansasedc.com.

The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to connect Arkansas to the world by providing international trade services to agricultural producers, companies and individuals and by educating students in global commerce. For more information and valuable updates, please follow the World Trade Center Arkansas on Facebook and Twitter.