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ABOUT US


The SBTDC's International Business Development (IBD) team assists small and midsize businesses with export planning and global business matters. The goal is to increase the number of businesses that are exporting and to assist existing exporters with increasing their foreign market sales.


The SBTDC's counselors are highly experienced Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP). The SBTDC serves as the official EXIM Bank Regional Export Promotion Program and NASBITE Accredited Training Program. The SBTDC's IBD Program has received the President's E-Award and E-Star Award.

THE TEAM


MIKE SEIBERT

IBD Director

Statewide

(919) 600-6097

mseibert@sbtdc.org


OWEN GEORGE

IBD Counselor

Winston-Salem

(336) 750-8437

ogeorge@sbtdc.org


GEORGES NEUENSCHWANDER

IBD Counselor

Charlotte

(704) 687-0442

gneuenschwander@sbtdc.org


PAIGE O'NEILL

IBD Counselor

Wilmington

(910) 962-0592

poneill@sbtdc.org


GINNY VACA

IBD Counselor

Raleigh

(919) 515-6041

gvaca@sbtdc.org

About NASBITE International's Trade Passport Website

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The NASBITE International Trade Passport website offers on-demand training, local resources, and rapid expert assistance to USA-based small and mid-sized businesses that are focused on international trade as a pathway to business growth. New users can sign up for a free account that provides access to 20 on-demand webinars, live webinars, expert assistance and more.


Check out the latest training topics delivered by industry leading experts:

Understanding Incoterms (R) 2020 Rules

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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Incoterms® 2020 rules are an incredibly important set of rules that help companies that are involved in international trade transactions. These rules are used to augment sale contracts with details that fully define the costs, risks, and obligations of both the seller and buyer in trade transactions.


Why this matters to your business: 


International transactions involve many steps and close collaboration between the seller and buyer. Incoterms® 2020 rules ensure that costs, risks, and obligations are all clearly stated and agreed upon, which reduces the chances of misunderstandings between the seller and the buyer.


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Programs and Resources for Small Business Exporters

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There are a wide range of federal and state-level export assistance programs/resources in the United States that have been made available to help businesses grow. This webinar looks at some of the most important resources and will help you quickly identify the best sources of assistance for your business.


Why this matters to your business:


An extensive network of organized support has been established for companies interested in exporting. These agencies and organizations can offer funding, expertise, and guidance for every step of the journey, so companies will benefit greatly from knowing the types of assistance each offers.



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Website Globalization

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Your international business strategy is incomplete without a content globalization plan. In the era of pandemic confinement, this is clearer than ever. Companies with a robust multilingual digital presence continue to grow, while seamless, self-service web-support models automatically create brand loyalty around the world.


This webinar will help you understand the main areas that key decision-makers need to focus on when planning their company's website globalization. It will also describe best business practices to ensure your globalization project's success, and how to plan for long-term maintenance and expansion of global web assets.


Why this matters to your business: 


Research shows that if you do business in a single language, you are missing out on business opportunities. It's important to know:


  • More than 50 percent of the world prefers to conduct web searches in languages other than English.
  • Forty-four percent of Europeans expect to find information in their own language on any website.
  • Per capita income continues to grow in developing countries where English is not the dominant language, including India, Colombia, and several Asian countries.


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Selecting the Best Logistics Partners in Global Trade

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Choosing the right logistics partners in global trade is not a one-size-fits-all answer. With so many providers to choose from, what should companies engaging in international trade be looking for in determining the right partners for their business? International trade has many complexities, but the right partner can help companies navigate through the tangled web of international regulations, ever-changing tariffs/trade wars, routing and rates for freight. In this webinar, strategies for achieving both the least total cost in international logistics as well as the best service will be discussed.


Why this matters to your business:


Logistics in international trade can be challenging with many inherent complexities. Selecting a suitable partner is crucial and it shouldn't be a decision based only on price. Rather, a good logistics partnership is more about finding the best value and making international trade process as smooth as possible.


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Earn CEUs on Trade Passport

NASBITE International Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) are required to submit 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per year to satisfy their annual credential re-certification. Many of the webinars available via the Trade Passport website offer CEU credit. Details of all training and dates on the Trade Passport website are captured for registered users under User Stats in the main menu and can be submitted to NASBITE International via the NASBITE website

Questions?

Contact your local SBTDC International Business Development Counselor or visit the Trade Passport website.

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SBTDC

5 W Hargett St, Suite 600

Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 715-7272

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