This week Getting to Global officially launched in Cincinnati, OH. The event brought together leading executives from Facebook, Google, eBay, Pitney Bowes and the USPS, and included welcome remarks from House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), and an interview with SBA’s Associate Administrator in the Office of International Trade, Peter Cazamias.
The Getting to Global Initiative (GtG) is a public-private partnership with the goal of helping small businesses grow their exports to overseas markets. The initiative incorporates digital tools from companies such as Google, Facebook, eBay, and Pitney Bowes along with data, services, and expertise from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Additionally, the initiative includes regional partners and associations, such as the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), the Global Retail Insights Network (GRIN) and the Centers for International Trade Development (CITD).
Getting to Global provides U.S. small businesses with resources to grow their businesses through exports. Specifically, the GtG partners help U.S. small businesses locate resources in overseas markets and find insights on consumer expectations, payment models, currency exchange, fulfillment strategies, compliance and regulatory issues, and other key aspects of cross-border ecommerce.
“Foreign markets hold exponential opportunities for America’s small businesses. Many though, find exporting to be out of reach,” said House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “I am excited to see the SBA partner with private industries in an effort to tear down some of the barriers small businesses face. Getting to Global is a prime example of that. I believe this relationship will help deliver government resources to small businesses quickly—and effectively—by leveraging the innovation of the private sector.”
The launch event included a workshop, led by the Global Retail Insights Network Founder, Carl Miller, for local small-and-medium-sized businesses looking to expand overseas sales. Businesses such as Nehemiah Manufacturing, Speed Outfitters, and Dan Thoms Online discussed their global journeys and talked about how tools provided by Google, eBay, and Pitney Bowes have helped.
Over the next few months, Getting to Global will be holding more events around the country and profiling tools you can use to sell more online overseas.
*USG agency and USG representatives’ participation in this initiative is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any GtG person or entity.
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