As a business owner, you have at your disposal the services of a number of national- and state-level experts that want to help you succeed in the world of exporting. Learn more below — and be sure to try our interactive database for finding service providers.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)

The mission of this organization is to increase international business — so they are all about helping you export. They have teams ready to do research for you on international markets, and they also arrange trade missions that will take you to other countries and connect you with potential buyers or distributors. Additionally, VEDP’s VALET program helps 25 qualifying companies a year, with funding, sales plan development and more. VEDP also has grants available for qualifying small businesses who want to export.

Lee Sanderson
International Trade Manager
(804)545-5755
LSanderson@yesvirginia.org

The US Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The USCS can help you with trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, commercial diplomacy, trade finance development and insurance strategies. Their job is to help you export, so tap into their resources!

Joshua Kaplan
Sr. International Trade Specialist
(804) 461-9324
joshua.kaplan@trade.gov

The US Small Business Administration

The SBA is a great resource for small businesses looking to go global. They’ll connect you with government programs for training and financial assistance, and their SBA Export Express Loan is the only US government loan that funds participation in foreign trade.

Export Expertise:
Aaron Miller
International Trade Manager
George Mason University – Mason Enterprise Center SBDC
(703) 277-7715
amille2@gmu.edu

Financing:
Bill Houck
Regional Manager
Office of International Trade, Export Solutions Group, SBA
(202) 557-4063
william.houck@sba.gov

EXIM Bank

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the official export credit agency of the US. This independent government agency can help you get the financing you need to pay for materials, equipment, supplies, labor and other expenses to export goods. They have programs to help protect you against buyer nonpayment. And their export credit insurance program may help you extend credit to foreign buyers with minimized risk.

Elizabeth Thomas
Business Development Specialist
(202) 565-3488
Elizabeth.Thomas@exim.gov

Think Big, Small Business.

97% of all exporters are small businesses.