With the National Export Initiative, the United States is seeking to double exports by the end of 2014. However, the typical United States manufacturing exporter sells to less than five buyers in overseas markets. Many people may assume that the responsibility of meeting the ambitious export goal lies in the hands of large businesses and corporations in America. While partially true, there are other businesses in the United States that are already stepping up to the challenge. These businesses are the small businesses all over the country that are being driven by entrepreneurship, creativity, and hard work.
A great example of this can be seen by looking at the business Sabai Technology run by owner William Haynes. After being laid off from his job, Haynes started his own business and is now shipping wireless routers to customers around the world in almost 80 different countries. With the help of the U.S. Commercial Service, Haynes found distributors in key countries so that his sales and export volume increased at a rapid rate. Thanks to market specialist from U.S. embassies in over 70 countries and Export Assistance Centers in U.S. cities, Haynes was able to greatly expand his business abroad. If other small businesses are able to follow this example, the United States may very well achieve its exporting goals.
To find out more details about the small business exporting success story of William Haynes, please visit the International Trade Administration Blog!