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a) International Trade Center SBDC – www.iexportimport.com
The International Trade Center SBDC is a joint program of the Small Business Administration and the Dallas County Community Colleges system. We have focused on serving the international trade needs of companies in the DFW region and the 49 surrounding counties since 1989. We are also known as the International Small Business Development Center and are one of 18 centers that make up the North Texas Small Business Development Center network. We are firmly committed to ensuring the international business success of our clients in this region, including entrepreneurs, small to medium-sized businesses, and the international decision makers of multinational corporations. The ITC celebrates its successes in assisting hundreds of these clients reporting export sales totaling over $48 million, in 287 free one-on-one counseling sessions and more than 40 training sessions in the fiscal year ended September 2007, alone.
b) North Texas Export Assistance Center a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Small Business Administration –www.buyusa.gov/northtexas
U.S. Export Assistance Centers located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, are one-stop shops ready to provide your small- or medium-sized business with local export assistance. Receive personalized assistance by professionals from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and other public and private organizations.
c) Export/ Import Bank of the United States – www.exim.gov
Ex-Im Bank is the official export-credit agency of the United States. The independent federal government agency helps to create and maintain U.S. jobs by financing the sales of U.S. exports, primarily to emerging markets throughout the world, providing loan guarantees, export-credit insurance and direct loans.
d) U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Commercial Service – www.export.gov or www.trade.gov
The U.S. Department of Commerce has a broad mandate to advance economic growth and jobs and opportunities for the American people. It has cross cutting responsibilities in the areas of trade, technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental stewardship and statistical research and analysis. The products and services the department provides touch the lives of Americans and American companies in many ways, including weather forecasts, the decennial census, and patent and trademark protection for inventors and businesses.
e) U.S. Small Business Administration – www.sba.gov
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace.
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.