Explore Overseas Production Partners

Four businesswomen from Bee Inspired, LLC — a company that spreads inspirational messages, motivational thoughts, and positive actions throughout the world — share experience about taking their company global. They successfully launched their first product and globally sourced the main components in less than one year.  Conducting international business can indeed be challenging but as they women point out, that if you lead with passion, resourcefulness and determination, absolutely no challenge is insurmountable.

One of the questions addressed:  How did your company get involved in international business?

Sue Dickinson: After talking with several local manufacturers, we soon realized domestic production costs would keep us from pricing the product competitively. So in order to get to a lower price point we went to Alibaba.com and explored foreign production partners. We connected with a manufacturer in India and worked through all the details, specifications and quality over e-mail and the Internet.  Actually, we never even spoke to our contact on the phone until after we imported our first 500 units. In a relatively short time frame, they delivered the products we specified, at the quality level we required, and at the right cost.

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FYI:

In less than a year this group of ladies took an idea, made global connections and launched their first product—and a promising international company. They make it look simple by leveraging local and global resources along with technology. Visit www.portlansing.com to learn more about Bee Inspired and how Greater Lansing is going global.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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1 Response to “Explore Overseas Production Partners”


  1. 1 Vicki Donlan January 22, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    Women in business need to think, as the cliche says “out-of-the-box” when it comes to where and with whom to do business. There are many opportunities around the world and the internet is an easy way to tap into them. The more often women in business hear from women who are making it work the more often they will take the steps to get moving. I have been coaching a woman in pr who was afraid to look out of her local comfort zone at first. Now, she is working with a pr firm in the UK and getting more business that she thought she could handle. Yes, much of small business has dried up here locally and some have lost the clients that were the major part of their business. But rather than spend your time crying over the lack of local business start scouring the web for business opportunities internationally — they are out there and often they look more openly toward women business owners. I’ll tweet this post to my own network to spread the word.


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