International Trade Services

International trade opportunities for Florida-based companies are expanding, and the Florida SBDC at UCF can help prepare your business for globalization. Our International Trade Services are designed to connect export-ready new-to-market, new-to-export businesses with International Trade Specialists who can personally deliver the tools, strategies, and expertise needed to help grow and succeed abroad. They’ll guide you through the complexities of developing and executing an aggressive international growth strategy—putting you on the road to success.

Why Trade?

Florida’s strategic positioning and abundance of resources make it a prime location for trade. Ninety-five percent of the world’s population and more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is outside the U.S. Research shows that more than 95% of exporters are small to medium-sized businesses that together produce two-thirds of Florida’s total export value. Statistics show that businesses expanding to international markets grow an average of 15% faster and are 12% more profitable

International Trade Services

One-on-One Consulting

International Trade Specialists provide one-on-one consulting to help you:

  • Understand the basics of international trade
  • Determine which licenses are required
  • Compile market research
  • Understand country requirements for products
  • Prepare an Export Marketing Plan

“The FSBDC has been great from Day One. The Export Marketing Plan set the standard and now, as the journey continues, every time we have a question or hit a roadblock, they are there for us. The have been helpful, responsive and provided the resources we need. They have been just a tremendous support.”

International Trade Services
Doug WorswickCertified Slings & Supply, Inc.Success Story

“FSBDC export marketing plan has been instrumental in the success of Hernon Manufacturing. For Hernon Manufacturing the export marketing plan laid out the road map translating in best return on investment concentrating where more business potential is available for our products.”

International Trade Services
Harry ArnonHernon ManufacturingSuccess Story

Export Marketing Plan Services

Assist qualified new-to-export manufacturers and service providers with overseas growth strategies through the development of customized Export Marketing Plans. Provided in partnership with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Services, the Export Marketing Plan includes:

  • a thorough readiness assessment
  • industry and market analysis with target market recommendations
  • a review of overseas trade opportunities
  • and an action plan that may include trade mission participation.

The cost to prepare an Export Marketing Plan is $4,000. Qualifying companies are eligible for a $3,500 scholarship, making the cost to your company $500.

Featured Training

Includes the “Financing Your Export Transactions” seminar.  This workshop will help you mitigate the financial risks involved in your export activities.

Service Benefits

  • Strategize with International Trade Specialists who are Certified Global Business Professionals by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE), the benchmark for competency in global commerce
  • Determine key target markets
  • Develop country launch strategies
  • Connect with international buyers

International Trade Success Stories

Featured Field Experts

International Trade Services

Jill McLaughlin
International Trade Specialist
Jill.McLaughlin@ucf.edu

  • Areas of Consulting: Financial Analysis, Business Valuations and Acquisitions, Financing, Business Planning, Cash Flow Analysis and Projections, Accounting, International Trade
  • Education: MBA, Finance and Economics, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business; BBA, Accounting, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
  • Certifications: Certified Business Consultant, Certified Global Business Professional

International Trade Services

Rafael E.M. Pratts
International Trade Specialist
rpratts@ucf.edu

  • Areas of Consulting: Digital Marketing, International Business, Business Development, Business Plan Strategy and Development, Business Start-Up, and Multimedia Design
  • Education: MBA, Marketing, Regent University; BBA, International Business, Florida International University
  • Certifications: Certified e-Marketer, Certified Global Business Professional, Certified Business Consultant

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