Mar 2, 2012 11:02 AM by Cecilia Stevenson

Summit Aims to Boost Small Business Exports

Monroe, Louisiana - The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), in collaboration with Louisiana Economic Development (LED), is hosting a statewide Step Up to Exporting Summit to connect small businesses with resources and expertise that can help them enter new markets and increase revenues from exports. During this event, participants will learn the basics of doing business in international marketing and find answers to commonly asked exporting questions all in one place.

The Summit, intended for new-to-export businesses, will take place in eight cities across the state. Officials from federal, state, and local agencies will discuss the basics of exporting including marketing, financing and shipping. Louisiana Economic Development will also introduce the latest export incentive programs including the State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP). STEP is designed to help increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to raise the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting. On-site registration for the STEP program will be available for businesses ready to expand into new markets.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from Louisiana Economic Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Export-Import Bank, Southern United States Trade Association and Louisiana Small Business Development Center. An international trade attorney and freight forwarder will also be available for individual assistance.

Event Dates:

Mar 16 Baton Rouge Southern University, T.T. Allian Hall - Global Conference Room 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Mar 21 Thibodaux Nicholls State University, Student Union Auditorium 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Mar 22 Hammond Southeastern Louisiana University, Southeast Louisiana Business Center 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

Mar 27 Lafayette South Regional Public Library 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

April 2 Monroe University of Louisiana at Monroe, Alumni Center 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

April 3 Shreveport LSU Shreveport, Library Conference Room 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

April 4 Lake Charles Lake Charles Civic Center 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

Mary 31 Marksville Paragon Casino Resort 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

This event is open to all small businesses and is no cost.

To register or for more information: visit

Sign-in starts 30 minutes prior to the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Through no-cost confidential counseling, the LSBDC can help new-to-export businesses become "export ready." Services are also available for experienced exporters interested in pursuing new opportunities. LSBDC International Trade assistance includes assessing export readiness, developing an export strategy, financial planning, identifying available programs and resources, and international risk management planning.



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