Export Readiness Assessment
- Export Readiness Assessment
International trade specialists have designed this assessment to help you determine if your business is ready to take on overseas markets. It highlights key areas that successful exporters need to know and provides links to information on each topic.
- Export Questionnaire
This questionnaire highlights characteristics common to successful exporters. Many of these questions will guide you to more information on exporting. You will receive a score once you complete the questionnaire, which will help you to assess your export readiness, as well as an identification of areas your business needs to strengthen to improve its export activities.
- Register with Export.gov
Registering with Export.gov gives you access to market research and trade leads. You must be a U.S. company in order to access this information.
- MBDA’s Export Basics
Exporting is good for American businesses, American workers, and American jobs. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the world’s customers are outside the United States and the Minority Business Development Agency is committed to working with U.S. companies to help American-made goods and services succeed in the global market.
- Market Information Webinars
With offices in more than 100 U.S. cities and 80 countries across the globe, the U.S. Commercial Service offers U.S. companies exporting information, advice, and cost-effective end-to-end international business solutions. Tune into Export.gov webinars to hear from the U.S. Commercial Service and industry trade experts about how your company can start or increase your international sales.
- U.S. Government International Financing Programs
The U.S. Government offers four different types of financing programs. Check out this page to find out more details.
- MBDA’s Export Finance
MBDA provides resources and tips to help you find the right export financing for your business. Take a look at the options available.
- U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank)
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) is the official export credit agency of the United States. The Ex-Im Bank provides working capital guarantees, export credit insurance, loan guarantees, and direct loans. Global Access for Small Business is a top priority of the Ex-Im Bank. This initiative is dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of small businesses that export goods and services to maintain and create U.S. jobs.
- General Trade Missions
Department of Commerce trade missions are overseas programs for U.S. firms that want to explore and pursue export opportunities by meeting directly with potential clients in their markets.
- Certified Trade Missions
U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Certified Trade Missions (CTMs) are overseas events planned, organized, recruited, and led by private and public sector export-oriented groups outside of the U.S. Department of Commerce. CTMs bring representatives of U.S. companies into contact with potential agents, distributors, joint venture partners, licensees, local businesses, and government officials.
- Upcoming Missions
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has created a tool that can help you determine if you qualify as a “small business” under SBA size standards. Qualifying as a small business may allow your business to take advantage of valuable government contracting opportunities reserved for small businesses. To be eligible as a small business, your business must:
- Satisfy the SBA’s size standard for your industry
- Operate for profit
- Be independently owned and operated
- Reside in the U.S., making significant contributions to the U.S. economy
Visit SBA’s Learning Center to learn more about government contracting.
Register for the System for Award Management (SAM)
SAM is a federal procurement system that allows you to do business with the federal government. All businesses must register in order to be awarded a government contract. SAM is completely free of charge for both registrants and users. The overarching benefits of SAM include streamlined and integrated processes, elimination of data redundancies, and reduced costs while providing improved capability.
Visit the General Services Administration
The GSA Schedules program manages procurement for products and services from commercial vendors with approximately $50 billion a year in spending or 10 percent of overall federal procurement spending. For vendors, GSA Schedules establishes long-term, government-wide contracts to provide access to millions of commercial products and services at volume discount pricing. Having a GSA Schedule contract is a significant investment on the part of the vendor and GSA.
- Vendor toolbox
- Getting started with schedules
- GSA contract award information
- Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Desk Reference
- GSA Training Program
The Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website is the central hub to find open procurements and business opportunities across federal agencies. Commercial vendors can search the federal markets for available opportunities or view them by agency.
Search MBDA’s Contract Opportunities
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has compiled available contract opportunities for minority-owned businesses. It is a free tool available to all registered minority-owned firms and those seeking to do business with minority firms that consolidates opportunities from many databases in one easy-to-use interface.
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is responsible for ensuring that small businesses are treated fairly and have an opportunity to compete and be selected for a fair amount of the agency’s contracting and subcontracting dollars. There are currently 35 agencies with offices dedicated to helping small businesses:
Visit the website of the agency of your interest to learn how to do business with that agency.
Join SBA’s Government Contracting Classroom
SBA has created a series of free online contracting courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with government agencies. Whether you are just getting started or looking for ways to compete in the government contracting marketplace, these courses can be helpful to you.