A regional event to help small business owners learn more about U.S. trade and exporting called "Trade and Export Essentials," is scheduled in Kansas City, Mo. on Friday, March 13.
The event is sponsored by Patricia Brown-Dixon, the Region VII Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Regina Heise, the Regional Director of the U.S. Commercial Service, in cooperation with the World Trade Center Kansas City.
"Ninety-five percent of the world's buyers live outside the United States and it is time for U.S. small businesses to step up their game and to learn how to export because small businesses in other countries are not waiting, and exports are a critical component for the U.S. to remain a competitive world financial power," said Brown-Dixon.
Mark I. Klein, Regional Director of the Export-Import Bank of the United States is a featured speaker and representatives of two successful companies who have used export assistance to get started and expand, SCD Probiotics, Kansas City, Mo; and Held & Associates, Inc., North Kansas City, Mo; will tell their stories. Invited to interact and share information are representatives from federal, state and local agencies that help small businesses export.
"Trade and Export Essentials" is scheduled from 7:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Board Room of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo.
Attendees must pre-register online. A fee of $12 will be charged to defray the cost of the event.
Exports support jobs
New federal statistics show that U.S. exports support 11.3 million jobs – 1.6 million more than four years ago – that pay 13 to 18 percent more on average. Ninety-eight percent of the 300,000 companies that export are small businesses, but only 1% of small businesses export.
SBA reported in January 2015 that nationally, small businesses created nearly two million of the roughly three million private-sector jobs generated in 2014. And additionally, that more than seven million of the 11 million jobs created during the United States' recovery have been generated by startups and small enterprises.