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Education and Training

Worker training at machineryUndertaking exporting for the first time can be a daunting task, but low and no-cost programs through local, state, and federal resources make the process more manageable.

The links below can help you get grounded in the basics so you can develop an effective export plan.

U.S. Export Assistance Center’s Basic Guide to Exporting 
A comprehensive overview of how to export

Small Business Administration Export Business Planner
A free tool to help small business owners build an export plan

U.S. Export Assistance Center Export Basics
A list of U.S. Export Assistance Center resources to help you develop and implement your export strategy

USDA Export Resources
Export tools, information, products and services for agricultural exporters

Washington State Small Business Development Centers
Free expert business advising, management training, market research, and one-on-one technical assistance. The SBDC network operates in partnership with Washington State higher education institutions, including community colleges, Washington State University, and Western Washington University.

Life Sciences Startup
Resources  to help early-stage life science entrepreneurs in Washington State develop an export checklist, assess and access new markets, understand export logistics, and find free or low-cost federal and state counseling and support. [This page is no longer actively managed, but some links remain relevant.]

Impact Washington
Help for manufacturers who want to increase profits through growth services, workforce development, workflow efficiency, and market penetration and expansion, particularly through exports.  Sponsors ExporTech program, a fee-based, three-day training over three months with individual coaching that focuses on strategic export plan development to accelerate a company’s ability to achieve international sales.

Export-U
Access free export training webinars that deliver concise and accurate international trade information to help businesses safely develop export sales regardless of location, resources, or time.  

University of Washington Export Resource Guide
This comprehensive guide, developed by MBA students at the UW Foster School of Business, provides a technical overview of the exporting process and links to dozens of direct-assistance organizations and reference documents. 

Workshops, classes, and certificate programs

Opportunities for advancing your knowledge of exporting and international trade abound in Washington State. Check with the state university or community college in your area for a current list of classes and workshops.

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