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New partnership to help Pa. small businesses increase exports

Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Centers and a federal agency will collaborate to help the commonwealth’s small businesses increase exports, the organizations said today.

The SBDCs and the U.S. Commercial Service recently signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to partner on marketing and outreach efforts. The goal is to make companies more “export savvy” and increase awareness of the resources the organizations can offer to that end, according to a joint news release.

“Small businesses across Pennsylvania will be able to benefit from the international business expertise afforded by this new partnership,” SBDC state director Christian Conroy said.

The Commercial Service is part of the U.S. Commerce Department‘s International Trade Administration. It has representatives in more than 100 U.S. cities and 70 countries who assist U.S. companies with overseas sales.

SBDCs provide information and consulting services to entrepreneurs at 18 locations statewide, including two in the midstate: the Shippensburg University SBDC in Cumberland County and the Kutztown University SBDC’s branch location in Harrisburg.

Tim Stuhldreher

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