|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2013
Steve Lewis | (703) 875-4357
USTDA TO HOST TWITTER CHAT SERIES DURING WORLD TRADE MONTH
USTDA Partnering With Federal Government Agencies to Support U.S. Company Exports
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is teaming up with export, trade and finance related agencies across the federal government during World Trade Month - May 2013 - to host a series of Twitter Q&A's for U.S. companies. Businesses can participate by tweeting their questions using the hashtag #TradeChat during the scheduled times.
This Twitter chat series will provide U.S. companies with exporting solutions, including information on the resources available to begin or expand exporting goods and services to overseas markets. The Twitter chats will also provide an opportunity for firms to ask questions and connect directly with the U.S. government agencies that support President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI) and BusinessUSA.gov, a new one-stop resource for small businesses and exporters.
Schedule and Topics:
- Thursday, May 9th at 2:00pm EDT: Export Opportunities
Information about export assistance, international business partnership programs, match-making, and market research will be shared. U.S. companies will also learn about the new BusinessUSA.gov website and how this one-stop resource can help businesses begin exporting or increase their exports.
- Thursday, May 16th at 2:00pm EDT: Financing
Export financing is often a key factor in a successful sale. U.S. companies should be aware of the many financing options available from U.S. government agencies to assist them with the export and trade process. This Twitter chat will provide firms with more information about the available financing options, including buyer financing, insuring foreign receivables, and working capital loans and guarantees.
- Thursday, May 23rd at 2:00pm EDT: Training and Travel Opportunities
U.S. government agencies often host training, webinars, workshops, seminars, trade missions and trade fairs for U.S. companies interested in doing business overseas. This Twitter chat will provide firms with the knowledge they need to utilize these resources and events and connect directly with foreign buyers.
Joining the Discussion
To participate, at the starting time, U.S. Companies should sign into their Twitter accounts and submit a question on the topic using hashtag #TradeChat. Agencies will respond to as many Tweets and questions on the topic as possible. Questions can also be submitted in advance using the form on http://www.ustda.gov/tradechat.
Individuals who do not have accounts on Twitter can still follow the chats by visiting http://www.ustda.gov/tradechat
Participating Agencies and Organizations
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency
International Trade Administration
Small Business Administration
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
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