International Trade


International Trade


International trade can open up a world of opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Did you know that 95% of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States?

Advancements in information technology and logistics allow most any business access to the global marketplace. If you have a Website, global consumers are checking you out. Interestingly, many U.S. businesses ignore international inquiries because of their perception of risk. Don’t ignore opportunity.

You don’t need to be an expert in trade. Let Widener SBDC assist you in finding new markets.

We can support you in a variety of ways such as: walking you through a transaction, identifying opportunities, investigating trade financing options or resolving a particular trade issue.

We work as a team with our Pennsylvania and Federal Agencies to make sure you benefit from all of our state and federal resources.

Our certified consultants can help you:

  • Determine the exportability of your products or services
  • Identify appropriate markets and buyers
  • Develop market entry strategies
  • Establish shipping and distribution networks
  • Determine appropriate payment methods and identify export financing and insurance needs

We work closely with other government agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Our international trade experts give Pennsylvania business owners an edge in exporting.

Upcoming Webinars

Going Global: Exploring International Distribution Options

2021-09-08T17:04:58-04:009/30/21| You created a unique product and targeted some global markets. Now your adventure is just getting started… From sales and marketing to delivery to warranty, the global expectations of your company will vary by country and even by city. Local laws and regulations can also trip up even experienced importers and exporters. Companies going global need a global distribution channel strategy to manage all the moving parts.|

Find your best Import/Export markets through Market Research

2021-09-08T16:05:32-04:009/15/21| Widener University SBDC recently purchased a subscription to Kompass® a Global B2B portal to find & contact products or services suppliers. Kompass is a world-leading B2B information provider with a data base of over 53 million companies. With a presence in over 70 countries and regions across the globe, Kompass is an internationally-recognized company that’s dedicated to helping you master your market, sell your products or services, and market your brand. |

Successfully Launching Products into New Export Markets

2021-06-19T21:02:37-04:00Webinar-On-Demand| When deciding to launch a product in a new foreign export market, there are several key factors for success. This webinar will do a deep dive into the considerations and challenges businesses face when expanding their products via new export markets. |

Successfully Launching Products into New Export Markets

2021-06-19T20:58:05-04:00Webinar-On-Demand| 95% of available global market is outside USA. There are tremendous opportunities to provide new & innovative products/services in markets throughout the world. Your business receives many benefits from going global. But it also requires commitment of management.|

Navigating the SBA Export Working Capital Program

2021-06-19T21:04:31-04:00Webinar-On-Demand| Most banks in the U.S. do not provide working capital advances on export orders, export receivables, or letters of credit. Because of that, some small businesses may lack the necessary export working capital to support their export sales. That is where an SBA program can make the difference. SBA provides lenders with up to a 90% guaranty on export loans as a credit enhancement so that the lenders will make the necessary export working capital available.|


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Social media Marketing

2021-06-14T21:11:02-04:00Social media allows brands to build themselves up, increase sales and drive website traffic. Brands should publish great content on social media profiles, listen to and engage followers, analyze results and run social media advertisements. Discover how to manage social media and digital marketing to promote your business|

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Custom Contact List

2021-08-29T15:44:00-04:00Custom Contact List| With this product you can receive a contact list of local businesses in your area. Through a combination of Widener SBDC man and machine power, we’re able to generate extensive contact lists with names, phone numbers, and email addresses that can help you on your journey.|

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