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Jeff Deiss Talks About Winning the Trade Game with Export Finance

Jeff Deiss, Regional Export Finance Manager, Northern California | International Trade Finance Manager-Western US | US Small Business Administration – Office of International Trade | US Export Assistance Center ( recently gave a substantial WEGGinar™ on “Winning the Trade Game with Export Finance.”  You can listen to it at your convenience here and download his presentation here.

Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 10/11/17 on “Navigating Global Business Travel in 2017,” and presented by Stephanie Lewin, Global Immigration Attorney at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (  Register here:
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.

If You Don’t Fear Success, Then Go Global

Laura Fox, former director of marketing and customer service at the U.S. Small Business Administration, shares her advice on how to take your business global.  She currently runs marketing consultancy start-up:  Laura Fox Marketing Solutions.

A quick snippet of advantages to exporting:

  • “Made in the USA” still is a powerful message.
  • Lower costs for transportation and communications make exporting more cost effective.
  • Exporting allows you to stabilize seasonal markets and sales fluctuations.
  • Exporting allows you to diversify your sources of customers and revenues.

Read the entire article here.

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14 Incentives for Importing/Exporting

Go Global or Die

How Export-Ready Is Your Business?

How to Create and Act-on An Export Business Plan

Illustration credit:  Enterprising Women Magazine

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Small Business Persons of the Year 2011 Winners

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week (May 6-20, 2011) announces its winners.  To meet them — click here (PDF file download).

And we are happy to see that a fellow-Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. woman business owner, Katrina Markoff (pictured), is a winner (although we already knew she was a winner long, long time ago!).  Congrats Katrina!  Her company is Vosges Haut-Chocolat (catch a video of Katrina here).

Is her company global? Good question.  It sure looks poised to go international any minute but I don’t see a mention of it on the site.  I can envision boutiques in China, Japan and Qatar.  Can’t you?

Pay a visit to:  Vosges Haut-Chocolat.  For the love of chocolate, order some!  And check out Katrina’s sensational blog here.

Photo credit:  Katrina Markoff’s blog

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

New Generation of Entrepreneurs Improve Communities and Strengthen Global Economy


United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship recently introduced legislation to increase small business ownership opportunities by improving the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) entrepreneurial development programs.

The bill would boost Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), SCORE and other existing entrepreneurial development programs while creating new programs in support of veterans’ and Native American entrepreneurship.

SBA’s entrepreneurial development programs, including the Women’s Business Center and Small Business Development Center networks, are critical initiatives that assist entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses,” said Ranking Member Snowe.

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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