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WBBA Newsletter Article [Washington SBDC Export Readiness Center] [Spring 2013] [03/14/13]
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The Washington Small Business Deveopment Center

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Export Readiness Program focuses on working with new-to-export and new-to-market companies with little or no expertise exporting their products or services.

The SBDC includes two Export Readiness Centers in assisting Washington businesses to prepare for and/or expand their export capabilities.  Located in South Seattle and Spokane, each center is staffed with two experienced International Trade Specialists. These centers join a statewide network, of 26 Small Business Development Centers and 28 Certified Business Advisors, who provide one-on-one, confidential advising at no charge.

The four International Trade Specialists bring several decades of international experience, unique skill sets (gained through years of living and working abroad), assisting many businesses to grow their exports.  They are supported by Tim Taylor, who supervises the Washington State University interns assisting Export Readiness clients by conducting targeted export market research.

We provide no-cost export advising services including:

  • Export market development
  • Research to confirm market fit and market entry strategies
  • Identifying and qualifying potential international distributors
  • Assisting in sourcing export financing and funding resources

Spokane Export Center
1235 N. Post St., Suite 201
PO Box 1495, Spokane WA  99210
Phone 509.358.7596
Vern Jenkins and Keith Meadowcroft

South Seattle Export Center  

13925 Interurban Ave., South,
Suite 100, Tukwila, WA 98168
Phone 206.439.3784
Joseph Vogel and Sharon Sappington
The SBDC Export Readiness Center can guide your company, with hands-on assistance and help you Demystify, Simplify & Accelerate your export success by:

  • Evaluating and Achieving Export Readiness
  • Evaluating Export Markets     
  • Manage Export Compliance
  • Enter Export Markets      
  • Grow Exports

This program is hosted by Washington Small Business Development Center and is funded in part by the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board through a grant.

It is intended for existing Small to Medium Washington based Businesses who are interested in learning more about starting to export or those interested in getting serious about gaining new markets.  Priority will be given to companies ready to start or grow their export capability.

Washington Small Business Development Center International Trade Program Director: Terry Chambers - 509.358.7894

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