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Exporting topic of upcoming local conference

April 23, 2012

Exporting could be a great opportunity for new or expanding businesses. If you’ve ever thought about exporting, you know how important it is to have guidance along this way. Attend this one day conference to get the valuable information you need to become a successful exporter.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Angelo State University Small Business Development Center is hosting an event that could be helpful to your small business.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 1, the Concho Valley Exporting Conference 2012: “New Global Opportunities” will be held in the ASU Alumni Center, 1620 University Ave.

If you are a small business owner, or even thinking about starting a small business, this conference will give you valuable information that can give you a competitive advantage. Small businesses that operate in San Angelo and the entire Concho Valley can not only sell their goods locally, but can export to other countries.

Many resources and programs are available to small businesses who are interested in exporting and importing. Special funding options for shipping and matching vendors in other countries are available to use.

By attending this conference, you will hear from various speakers about funding, matching with importers/exporters, planning your international business and much more.

Exporting has become an extremely relevant topic for the economy in today’s world. Seventy percent of the world’s purchasing power is outside of the United States. This represents an enormous potential market for U.S. exporters.

The expansion of the Internet, the improvement of transportation modes, and the implementation of free trade agreements have increased and improved access to the global markets. More and more American firms are taking advantage of exporting goods and services. In fact, of the 250,000 U.S. firms selling internationally, 97 percent are small- to medium-sized companies.

The SBDC has obtained three experts who will be presenting topics on ex


porting opportunities for your small business. Doug Smith is the assistant director of the UTSA International Trade Center; Richard Rayne, senior international sales executive with FedEx International Sales, will be speaking on logistics; while Jaime A. Martinez, MBA, senior international business consultant of the Texas International Business Accelerator, will provide information on acquiring capital.

Finally, Bob Bracher, president of Aerometer Windmill Company, Inc. from San Angelo will share his experience as a successful exporter.

For more information about this conference, please call our office at 325-942-2098, or visit our website at

“Business Tips” was written by Paul Howard, Business Development Specialist and Certified Business Adviser IV of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. Contact him at

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