Six Steps to Begin Exporting – A fact sheet from the SBA Office of International Trade that explains how to begin exporting.
SBA Exporting – SBA provides counseling, training and financing to small businesses looking to increase sales and profit by taking their businesses global.
Office of International Trade – Many exported and imported products are regulated by federal agencies. If you export or import the following types of products, you may be required to obtain specific licenses and permits or complete additional paperwork.
Export.gov – The primary federal government exporting site to better serve beginning exporters.
Centers for International Trade Development (CITDs) – CITDs are the state’s top source of trade assistance. CITDs offer a variety of free or low-cost programs & services to assist local companies in doing business abroad. These include one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads and special events.
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes – If you know the SIC code for your business or industry, you can research employment, productivity, import/export, etc., for that industry. SIC codes were established in the 1930s primarily to help measure and compare statistical information.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) – A more detailed classification system that covers the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, NAICS codes allow for closer comparisons than SIC codes. Almost all business research is easier if you know your SIC and NAICS codes (some agencies and publications, including the SEC, still use SIC).
Tradeport – Comprehensive international trade information, trade leads, and company databases. Guides you through the export process.