The Benefits of Exporting for Small Manufacturers and How to Get Started

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 15, 2017 2:41:33 PM

Sometimes, our vision of how a business is supposed to work changes by necessity.

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How Exporting Can Help Manufacturers Increase Sales and Innovation

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 27, 2016 8:45:00 AM



If you’re a small to mid-size manufacturer, you’re always looking for ways to identify new customers and increase sales.

One, often overlooked, avenue is the export market. You may have thought about exporting, but never gave it much effort because of the perceived complexities involved in entering foreign markets.

While there are some hoops that have to be jumped through, the rewards can be well worth the effort.

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Expanding Your Sales by Expanding Your Borders - Part 3 of 3

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Nov 24, 2014 11:00:00 AM

In the first post in this series, we discussed the myriad of opportunities associated with exporting your products.   The second post addressed the risks associated with exporting and ways to mitigate these risks.

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Expand Your Sales by Expanding Your Borders: Part 2 of 3 Risks

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Nov 6, 2014 1:39:00 PM

Part 2 –Risks Associated with Exporting

In the first post in this series, we discussed the myriad of opportunities associated with exporting your products (we here at CMTC are glass half-full type of people, after all!). 

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Beyond Silicon Valley: 4 Reasons to Celebrate CA Manufacturing

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Sep 2, 2014 10:51:00 AM

In the last two decades, California has become synonymous with the technology boom.  Silicon Valley offers the latest and greatest in electronics, providing headquarters for tech juggernauts like Google, Apple, Cisco and more. Well, with all do respect to Silicon Valley, it can be all too easy to get distracted by the latest innovations and miss out on the real mover and shaker of California: manufacturing! Here are some reasons why you should keep an eye out for the Golden State’s hottest industry:

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Topics: Manufacturing, Exporting, Manufacturing Technology

Expand Your Sales by Expanding Your Borders: Part 1 of 3

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Aug 22, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Part 1 – The Opportunity That Lies Beyond the U.S. Borders

Your company produces a good product for local or national distributorship.  Your profits are acceptable (but never as high as you would like), and your sales volume has seen some steady growth but, lately, has been stagnant. You have additional production capacity that you would like to fill.  Is exporting the answer to increasing sales and profits for your company?  One California manufacturer has found this to be the case, and has been recognized by the President of the United States for its efforts!

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Growing your Lemonade Stand: Exporting Drives Sales and Innovation

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Jul 17, 2014 1:20:00 PM

Remember how much fun it was opening your own lemonade stand? You would go to the supermarket with your parents to buy the ingredients, rush home to the kitchen with your siblings to mix everything up, create your own lemonade stand sign, and then head out to the end of your driveway / sidewalk to offer neighbors a cup of watered-down lemonade for 25 cents. While 25 cents per cup wasn’t the greatest profit margin, you still felt the most successful entrepreneur in the world!

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Topics: Manufacturing, Exporting, Growth

San Fernando Valley Manufacturer Accelerates Sales Through Exporting

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Sep 10, 2013 10:21:00 AM

Written by:  Elizabeth Glynn, Export Advisor

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Trade Deficit and the Importance of Exporting for Manufacturers

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Apr 1, 2013 11:14:00 AM

Topics: Exporting

The Top 5 Manufacturing Trends of 2012

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Jan 8, 2013 10:05:00 AM

This article, originally posted on NIST MEP's Manuafacturing Innovation Blog and written by Roger Kilmer, discusses the most notable manufacturing themes of 2012. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Reshoring, Innovation, Exporting

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