International Trade Office Opening Dec. 3 at the Gainesville Chamber

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Council for Economic Outreach is partnering with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service to offer international trade consulting services in Gainesville. The trade office will be housed at the Gainesville Chamber offices at 300 E University Ave., Ste. 100. As part of the Chamber’s Export Gainesville Initiative, the international trade office will be staffed one day per month (first Tuesday of each month) by international trade specialists from Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service.

The specialists will assist companies in entering into or expanding their presence in international markets. The Export Gainesville Initiative will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 and the office will be staffed every first Tuesday from 9:30am – 4pm.

In addition to export counseling, area businesses can avail themselves of the many export promotion services offered by both Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service. The best part is, the cost of this opportunity is included in your Chamber membership!

For more information on the Export Gainesville Initiative or to arrange an appointment please contact Staci-Ann Bertrand, Director of Industry Development for the Gainesville Chamber & C.E.O. at 352-334-7105 ext. 323 or [email protected] before 5pm on the last Thursday of each month.
Why Export?

While the United States remains one of the world’s largest markets, it represents less than 25 percent of the global economy. Favorable exchange rates, the U.S. business reputation abroad and the fact that many economies abroad are growing faster than ours underscore just a few of the reasons for companies to consider increasing sales through exporting.

• Demand: More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States. Your competitors are increasing their global market share, and you can too.

• Profitability: Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more jobs are created, and employees earn more than in non-exporting firms.

• Competitive Advantage: The United States is known throughout the world for high quality, innovative goods and services, customer service, and sound business practices.

• Risk Mitigation: Most companies that export have an easier time riding out fluctuations in the U.S. economy and are more likely to stay in business.”


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