Training and Counseling

The second step to export success is to start training and get counseling. Training and counseling is a multi-phase step. Our business and trade counselors can help you and your business design a training program that will effectively match your specific needs to available training opportunities. Before contacting those counselors, you may find it helpful to watch a few pre-recorded webinars to get your feet wet.

Export Training for the Beginning Exporter

When you’re getting ready to export for the first time, it’s a lot easier if you know what you’re doing before you get there. These training opportunities are designed for you, the beginning exporter.

Webinars (pre-recorded)

Additional Training Resources

Export Counseling

Now that you’ve done some investigating, you may want to consult with an export assistance counselor. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partners, SCORE—Counselor’s to America’s Small Businesses and the network of Small Business Development Centers have professional experts who can assist you in making that first export sale.


(0-20 Export Readiness Assessment score)

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE's 12,400 volunteer counselors have  more than 600 business skills. Volunteers are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business. SCORE counselors are available to assist companies who are just beginning the export process and are unsure of how to proceed.

SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business

Contact a SCORE Counselor


Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

(21-90 Export Readiness Assessment score)

Small Business Development Centers, located nationwide, provide professional business advisement to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs on a wide array of topics, including international trade, business financing and market plan development. These SBA resource partners can help you develop an export strategy. SBDCs are available to assist companies who have begun preparing to export, but just aren’t there yet.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Your Small Business Resource

Visit a Small Business Development Center


U.S. Export Assistance Centers

(91-100 Export Readiness Assessment score)

U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in nearly 80 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. U.S. Commercial Service services include:

  • Promoting your products globally
  • Helping you find partners internationally
  • And much more
  • U.S. Export Assistance Centers are available to assist those companies that have made it through the process and are ready to start exporting.

U.S. Commercial Service
United States Of America
Department of Commerce

Visit a U.S. Export Assistance Center


Next Step to Export Success:

Developing an export business plan

Create your export business plan