What we know:
- 96 percent of American exporters are small businesses
- One-third of American economy was driven by exports over the past 5 years
- Delta states exported $238 billion of manufactured goods and raw materials
We also know that only 1 percent of American companies export.
As part of President Obama’s Made in Rural America initiative to increase American exports to the global economy, the Delta Regional Authority is working with the White House Rural Council, other federal agencies, local business support services, and small business owners to boost opportunities for exporting Delta-made products.
In collaboration with fellow White House Rural Council members, the DRA hosted one of five regional forums on rural exporting in July 2014. This event,headlined by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, jump-started efforts within the Delta region to identify small business owners and entrepreneurs interested in exporting their products and provide them with the resources and networks to take their business to the global market.
Trade Workshops for Delta Businesses
These workshop will train regional business owners to take their products to the global marketplace. In partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, these technical, classroom-style trainings are designed to help companies learn to export their products and navigate important business considerations such as intellectual property, contracts, international shipping, and compliance with international trade laws.
Workshops will be held in each of the eight states in the Delta region. As workshops are scheduled, registration information will be updated.
Made in Rural America
Export and Investment Initiative FACT SHEET
July 17, 2014 | Southwest Tennessee Community College
For more information about rural exports and the Made in Rural America initiative, contact DRA staff at 202-434-4870.