Going Global

Getting Help

There's plenty of information available on promoting your product overseas. The Department of Commerce's Trade Information Center (TIC) can help you locate federal government export assistance programs, provide export counsel, and direct you to state and local trade agencies for additional help. The TIC also offers a 24-hour, automated fax-retrieval system, where you can access free information on export promotion programs, regional market information, and international trade agreements. Call (800) USA-TRADE.

At the SBA's OIT in Washington, DC, staffers offer export development assistance and provide "how-to" materials and publications on specific markets. Call (202) 205-6720.

Two other fax-retrieval systems are available. The Export Hotline provides no-cost trade information on over 50 industries in 80 countries; call (800) 872-9767. At the Export Opportunity Hotline, trade specialists have access to online data banks and reports from government and private agencies; call (202) 628-8389.

Contact Sources

American Image Group, 64346 Arrowhead Rd., Cambridge, OH 43725, (614) 439-4610.

Office of International Trade, Small Business Administration, 409 Third St. SW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20416, (202) 205-6720.

The Starkey Group Inc., 333 W. Wacker Dr., #700, Chicago, IL 60606-1225, (312) 444-2025

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This article was originally published in the November 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Going Global.

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