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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
New guide helps Florida small businesses connect with global markets
Miami, Fla. (May 25, 2016) – Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) recently launched the 2016 Florida Export Guide, a magazine-style guide with a focus on Florida exporting. The Guide provides Florida small and medium-sized businesses with key resources for exporting, including a directory of contacts, websites, best practices and other helpful information.
“When it comes to export promotion and trade development, international business is a cornerstone of Florida’s economy,” said Manny Mencia, senior vice president for international trade and development at EFI. “We want the Florida Export Guide to help promote Florida’s strengths in the global marketplace and fuel small business growth in our state.”
Florida is a major force in U.S. international trade. Since 1996, Florida exports have more than doubled, growing from $20.7 billion to nearly $54 billion in 2015 and making Florida the sixth largest export state in the country. Among Florida’s key export industries are aerospace, information technology, life sciences and clean tech. No other site in the Western Hemisphere can match Florida’s unique combination of strategic geographic location, state-of-the-art infrastructure, multilingual workforce and concentration of corporate and financial resources.
Working with state and federal trade development organizations such as the Florida SBDC Network, the U.S. Small Business Administration, EXIM Bank, and the U.S. Commercial Service, the 2016 Florida Export Guide will become an indispensable tool for companies who are new-to-export as well as seasoned exporters.
EFI offers many programs and services, explained within the Guide, to assist Florida companies with reaching international markets, including:
Copies of the 2016 Florida Export Guide are available through statewide and local economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, world trade centers, ports and private-sector services providers.
The guide was made possible through a partnership with ThinkGlobal Inc., a content development and multimedia publishing company that specializes in the business-to-business (B2B), international business and higher education markets.
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