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Around the world in six months: a crash course in foreign trade
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This story appears in the January 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine. Subscribe »

No matter what size your company, if you're not in the global marketplace, you're bypassing a big chunk of potential . Now, the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has created the Global Diversity Initiative to promote the participation of ethnic in .

The program accepts that have been in operation for at least two years and have a product or service appropriate for exporting and a positive net worth. Help is provided on two levels: firms that are ready to export receive aid from U.S. Export Assistance Centers in the form of international trade information and industry connections; new-to-export firms may enroll in the six-month Market Entry Program which provides training, consultation and support.

Eighteen centers nationwide offer the Market Entry Program on a rotating basis. Most of the centers provide the training free; a few charge a nominal fee. For more information, call the U.S. Export Assistance Centers at (800) -TRADE.

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