Resources (MTS)

Begin Exporting

The U.S. Small Business Administration and its resource partners, the SBDC network, can play a significant role in helping you develop export potential and providing information on the many government services to help you succeed.
  • A new button on the home page –  Begin Exporting – directs you to an easy-to-follow six-step process.
  • The first step is a self-assessment.  Depending on the assessment score, small businesses are referred to specific training and counseling programs in Step 2. Steps 3-6 include: Create an Export Business Plan; Conduct Market Research; Find Buyers; and Investigate Financing Your Small Business Exports, Foreign Investments or Projects.   For assessment scores in the 0-20 range, small businesses are directed to a link to SCORE’s online international trade counselors. Scores in the 30-80 range (more prepared/ready businesses) are provided a link to the State Lead Small Business Development Centers. Businesses scoring above 80 are directed to a Commerce Department Commercial Service trade specialist.
  • Fact Sheet Explaining Six-Step Process
    The SBA Office of International Trade's fact sheet explaining the six-step process to begin exporting.

Grow Your Business Through Marketing

Promotional Factsheets are a great way to increase sales, grow your business and help obtain contracts with U.S government and government contractors.

Promotional Factsheets:
  • Differentiate your company from your competition
  • Show customers the key potential of your company
  • Promote your specialties.
How it Works:
  • A marketing consultant will visit your site and work with your team to develop a company specific promotional document. Additionally, we will assist your company in doing a quick, yet informative evaluation of your current website in the core areas of accessibility, navigation, design, and content.
  • Our LOW cost solution will result in a professionally developed capabilities presentation that will effectively communicate to potential customers exactly what your company has to offer.

For more information contact one of our Manufacturing & Technology Solutions team members. This opportunity was developed by the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Manufacturing & Technology Solutions to assist South Dakota’s manufacturers to effectively communicate their strengths and capabilities to potential customers nationwide.

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    Applied Engineering specializes in the precision machining of aluminum components for a wide range of applications, including military and commercial communications systems, aerospace applications, defense applications and medical applications.
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