OPIC is teaming up with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank, and other export, trade, and finance related agencies across the federal government this May, during World Trade Month, on a series of Twitter chats for U.S. companies.
The Twitter chat series will provide U.S. companies with information and resources on doing business overseas. 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.
Businesses will have the opportunity to participate in the chat by tweeting their questions using the hashtag #TradeChat during the scheduled times. If you are a business that would like to submit your questions in advance of the chat, please submit them here: http://www.ustda.gov/tradechat. 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. Individuals who do not have accounts on Twitter can still follow the chats by visiting http://www.ustda.gov/tradechat
The schedule and topics for discussion will be:
- 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.
OPIC is pleased to be participating with the following agencies and organizations for this series:
- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency
- International Trade Administration
- Small Business Administration
- Export-Import Bank of the United States
- The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
- U.S. Department of State