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Global seminar offered at SBC

CONCORD ó The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering a seminar series to help small businesses expand their knowledge of exporting and become export ready.
The Small Business Center (SBC) is offering “Tools for Trade,” 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, April 3 through May 22. The seminar sessions will take place at RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, located at 660 Parkway Ave. N., Concord. Registration costs $75.The seminar series is designed for companies who are doing some exporting and those want to know how to begin exporting. Businesses attending the series will learn many of the pitfalls of entering the global marketplace and gain the basic tools needed to initiate or expand international markets. Helping companies be competitive in the global marketplace is the goal of the series.
Seminar topics include:
– Should you export;
– Country and customer risk assessment;
– Methods of payment;
– Letters of credit;
– International commercial terms;
– Credit insurance;
– Harmonized codes;
– Role of the International Freight Forwarder;
– Developing an international marketing plan; and
– Support network of service providers.
One session will include a virtual trade mission, with a live video conference with a U.S. embassy. The embassy personnel will provide the same kind of briefing they provide U.S. business in that country. Seminar participants will be able to ask real-time questions.
Instruction will be provided by the Carolinas Export Assistance Center, N.C. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business & Technology Development Center, N.C. District Export Council, and the Minority Business Development Agency.
To register, contact Dan Holt at 704-333-4886 or dan.holt@mail.doc.gov. Space is limited. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Small Business Center at RCCC is a community-based provider of education, training, counseling, information and referral, assisting entrepreneurs with business ideas and existing small business ventures.
For more information about the SBC and its programs, call RCCC at 704-216-3534 or 704-216-3526, send an e-mail to coned@rowancabarrus.edu, or see the SBC Web site at www.rowancabarrus. edu/sbc/.

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