International Trade Assistance

International trade opportunities for Florida-based companies are expanding, and the Florida SBDC Network can help prepare your business for globalization. Our International Trade Services are designed to connect export-ready new-to-market, new-to-export businesses with International Trade Specialists who can personally deliver the tools, strategies, and expertise needed to help grow and succeed abroad. They’ll guide you through the complexities of developing and executing an aggressive international growth strategy—putting you on the road to success.

Why Trade?

Florida’s strategic positioning and abundance of resources make it a prime location for trade. Ninety-five percent of the world’s population and more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is outside the U.S. Research shows that more than 95% of exporters are small to medium-sized businesses that together produce two-thirds of Florida’s total export value. Statistics show that businesses expanding to international markets grow an average of 15% faster and are 12% more profitable.

International Trade Services

One-on-One Consulting

International Trade Specialists provide one-on-one consulting to help you:

  • Understand the basics of international trade
  • Determine which licenses are required
  • Compile market research
  • Understand country requirements for products
  • Prepare an Export Marketing Plan

Export Marketing Plan Services

Assist qualified new-to-export manufacturers and service providers with overseas growth strategies through the development of customized Export Marketing Plans. Provided in partnership with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Services, the Export Marketing Plan includes:

  • a thorough readiness assessment
  • industry and market analysis with target market recommendations
  • a review of overseas trade opportunities
  • and an action plan that may include trade mission participation.

The cost to prepare an Export Marketing Plan is $3,530. Qualifying companies are eligible for a $3,030 scholarship, making the cost to your company $500.

Featured Training

Includes the Florida Export Series, International Trade Basics, and International Trade Certificate Program—one of a select number of NASBITE-accredited trade assistance programs in the world, and the only one in Florida.

Service Benefits

  • Strategize with International Trade Specialists who are Certified Global Business Professionals by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE), the benchmark for competency in global commerce
  • Determine key target markets
  • Develop country launch strategies
  • Connect with international buyers

What Our Clients Say

I overcame the obstacle of funding my franchise business.  With the help of the Florida SBDC I as able to secure an SBA Express Loan to open my business, Swimtastic.

Dr. Lindsey Pursglove, Owner Swimtastic

One of the benefits of the Florida SBDC consulting services is they are no cost, and the best part is the consultants have been business owners who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience.

Toni Lapi, Tween Waters Resort

Our Mission

Mission Statement: We are a customer-driven organization of business professionals, dedicated to helping small businesses succeed, by enthusiastically providing creative solutions which exceed customer, employee, and stakeholders’ expectations.

The Florida SBDC Network is state Designated as Florida's Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001, Fla. Stat.] The FSBDC at FGCU is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University; and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or other funding partners.
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