Your business may be small, but that doesn’t mean it can’t strut its stuff on the global stage. Of course, a key to global success is learning to successfully leverage the tools of the Internet.
Online digital media gives small businesses once confined to local or regional markets a new power. It’s the chance to reach more potential customers worldwide than ever before at a fairly low cost.
But it takes a bit more than that to become a viable global brand.
It requires the knowledge to use these tools to sell and fulfill orders internationally by expanding your local or regional business beyond its existing borders.
Global Small Business Forum Will Show You How
Amazingly, despite these resources, at last count only 1 percent of U.S. businesses export their goods and services overseas. That’s right, a single percent!
This is despite the fact that total U.S. exports in 2013 reached $2.3 trillion. That’s a huge market in which your business could have a part.
And expanding to serve a global marketplace may no longer be just about finding a way to make your business a little extra money.
On Oct. 23, Global TradeSource LLC, a Chicago-based global marketing and management consulting business, will help you learn why.
Global Tradesources will hold “Up Your Global Game” at downtown Chicago’s historic Navy Pier. The forum is aimed at teaching small businesses how to get their share of an ever growing export market.
In a recent release announcing the event, Laurel Delaney, founder of GSBB Media, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global TradeSource, Ltd explained:
“In a world where speed and agility are everything, waiting to export to grow your business isn’t an option. This forum will take the mystery out of exporting and provide entrepreneurs and small business owners a whole new way of doing business with the world. Our goal with this forum is to unlock export potential in every business.”
The day-long event will feature two interactive panels, two keynotes and an opportunity to mingle with successful exporters from all over the world.
Meet the Sponsors
Business owners attending the event will also have the opportunity to make new connections and network.
Linda Bi, president of Chicago Expert Importers, a bronze sponsor of the event, has high hopes for the impact on local business especially. She explains:
“We’re continuously looking for new ways to build lasting connections between local business owners and the city’s many resources. The Global Small Business Forum provides startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners with the information they need to transform their businesses into global powerhouses.”
Chicago Export Importer is an importer, product development and distribution business emphasizing on exporting from China to the U.S.
Another bronze star sponsor of the event is Endicia. The company provides innovative shipping technologies and services for companies large and small and helping them reach global clients.
Shea Felix, Global Product Marketing Manager, with Endicia says:
“We at Endicia are honored to support the startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners who represent the economic engine behind our country’s growth and have become an inspiration to us all on global growth activity.”
Who: Global TradeSource, Ltd
What: Global Small Business Forum – “Up Your Global Game”
When: Oct. 23, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central
Where: Downtown Chicago’s historic Navy Pier
Image: Global Small Business Forum/Navy Pier