SBA, Inc. Magazine and AT&T Join Forces to Promote Exporting by U.S. Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Small businesses seeking to grow their businesses and create jobs through exporting can turn to new, free educational videos created through a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Inc. Magazine and AT&T.

Through the public-private partnership, a series of video modules has been developed to inspire and encourage American small businesses to actively pursue exporting and to educate them on how to do so.

“Winning the future means supporting small businesses that want to grow and create jobs through exporting,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills.  “SBA is very pleased to have partnered with Inc. Magazine and AT&T in the production and distribution of this video series, which will help small firms that are new to exporting or looking for new markets to sell their goods and services.”

The video series, Take Your Business Global, features five main topics that guide small businesses through the process of exporting: Getting Started in Exporting; Planning for Export success; Connecting with Foreign Buyers; Financing; and five Case Studies of successful small business exporters.

The videos begin with answers to the frequently asked question, Why Export? They feature SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke; U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Ron Kirk, and a variety of small business exporters.  Other modules feature exporting experts discussing “how-to” take your business global. The videos are posted at www.inc.com/exporting.

“Inc. is proud to work alongside the Small Business Administration and AT&T to provide entrepreneurs with a valuable resource in their efforts to expand their businesses overseas,” said Bob LaPointe, Inc. President.  “This video series will educate business owners about what to expect when they launch an international business. “We have put together experienced small business exporters as well as officials from local and national resources to provide a complete picture.  Inc. is always happy to help small businesses grow.”

“AT&T is excited to be part of this initiative and to collaborate with the SBA and Inc. magazine,” said Cathy Martine, AT&T Executive Vice President, Small Business Solutions. “We believe U.S. small businesses are engines of innovation, and strongly encourage them to grow by thinking globally and taking advantage of technology. With the emergence of online commerce and digital communications, the potential to export products and services around the world has never been greater.”

Funding for this project was jointly provided by Inc. Magazine and AT&T.  Also, Inc. Magazine created the site to host the videos; both firms will distribute DVD copies of the videos and related materials approved by SBA and promote the series in online and print advertising. 

The joint program will be launched April 8, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, at the Inc. conference GROWCO, an event targeting growing small businesses.

The co-sponsorship agreements will remain in effect through August 31, 2012.

Cosponsorship Authorization # 10-7080-165. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

SBA Kicks Off Emerging 200 Initiative in Detroit

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office is seeking small business owners for its third round of the Emerging 200 Initiative.  Last year, 11 Detroit-based small businesses successfully completed this in-depth training program for senior executives.  SBA partners with several Detroit organizations to delivery this program.

“Along with our partners, we’re excited to again offer Emerging 200 and its MBA-style program to Detroit,” said Allen Cook, SBA Michigan  Interim District Director.  “The Emerging 200 graduates have demonstrated that this program can be a key factor in the success and growth of their businesses.  We hope that Detroit’s small business owners will take full advantage of this tremendous opportunity to learn how to increase revenue, decrease costs, and grow their businesses.”

Participation in e200 is free to qualifying businesses.  Criteria for participation include having been in business for a minimum of three years, gross annual revenues of at least $400,000, and a business located within the city of Detroit.  Participation is limited to 16 businesses.

The six-month training includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant.  It will focus on such topics as finance, market development, organization management, strategic planning and growth strategies.  CEOs will also have an opportunity to connect with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community.

Those joining the SBA Michigan District Office to bring e200 to Detroit are:

  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Mayor’s Office of Targeted Business Development
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Michigan Minority Business Development Council
  • Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center
  • TechTown

The program begins on April 18.  For more information on e200 and how you can apply to participate, please email Constance Payne-Logan at Constance.Logan@sba.gov.