Want to learn how to export? Need to train employees about getting into foreign markets? Interested in doing it in America’s tropical paradise?The Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC), both a non-profit and an advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Commerce, has announced its 2013 schedule for its acclaimed and comprehensive Export 101 training seminars: Exporting From A-Z. This will be a 4-part course offered May 20, May 22, May 28 and May 30 in the afternoons, conveniently located at Foreign Trade Zone #9 on Honolulu’s waterfront. The course will cover all major aspects of the export business and will help you develop a global strategy for your business. The course will be taught by true experts in their fields who will help you build business plans for attacking your best potential markets. Our faculty includes international marketing experts, lawyers working in foreign practices, bankers knowledgeable about export finance, and state and federal officials who can help you enter foreign markets.
Export 101 costs $150, but small businesses may be eligible for a 50% discount if they can meet the requirements for SBA’s State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) grant program. You will find out how to qualify for the discount when you register. Whether you pay half or full fare, it is a decent risk. Small business exporters who have taken Export 101 in Hawaii have already generated more than $1 million in extra sales!
One of the best decisions I’ve made in the last year. Export University changed our LIVES.
~ Hawaii small business owner & Export University 101 graduate
BREAKING NEWS! Small businesses that complete Export 101 and an export business plan may qualify for up to $2,500 to help with the their next foreign marketing trip. This will be funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism. The funding comes from SBA’s STEP grant program which HPEC is helping to implement in Hawaii.
A special Export University 201-level course – E-Commerce For International Sales – is scheduled for May 31, also in the afternoon at the Foreign Trade Zone. James Kerr of SuperGeeks, Katie McMillan of TEDxMaui and Peter Kay of Your Computer Minute will give you pointers for using websites and social networking to help build international sales. Remember, as soon as you put up a website, you are in international marketing so you might as well take advantage of it. The cost of this seminar is only $15. And, again, you may qualify for a 50% STEP discount.
You can get more information on our Export University course schedules here. Better yet, just go ahead and sign up at www.tinyurl.com/EUMay2013. If you have questions, send them to Lesley Harvey. And, should you need further incentive, there is a combined price for both the Export University 101 course and the 201-level seminar of just $155. I’ll see you there! In fact, I am teaching part of the 101-level course.
HPEC’s Export University programs are among courses that are offered nationwide by export councils. If you can’t make it to Hawaii next month, check out what is being offered elsewhere.