Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Want help selling your stuff in the rest of the world? You got it!

Our state is still facing financial challenges, but two recent announcements show Washington has a brighter future to look forward to.

Last week we heard that Boeing’s 737 MAX will be built in Renton and today we have great news for businesses that want to sell their products abroad.

Back in June of 2010, Governor Gregoire announced the Washington Export Initiative to increase the number of companies exporting their goods and services, and up the total export sales out of Washington. The state initiative complements the National Export Initiative, President Obama’s plan to double the nation’s exports by 2015. After 16 months of hard work by the Department of Commerce, the $1.6 million Export Washington program for small businesses was launched yesterday.
While small businesses make up about 95 percent of all Washington businesses, only 4 percent are currently exporting. This new program will grow that figure by helping open up international markets for about 100 Washington companies and generate $58 million in new export sales.

For more information on this program and how it can help your business, read the Department of Commerce press release.

To read this blog post in Spanish, click here.