January 02, 2008
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont companies looking for a blueprint to export their products abroad now have one, courtesy of the State of Vermont.
The state program that assists Vermont firms with importing and exporting products has published a new online guide listing resources and contact information.
“This guide will give businesses easy access to what they need to get started in exporting, or take their exports to the next level,” said Dana Eidsness, director of the Vermont Global Trade Partnership. “From banks and translation services, to lawyers and organizations specializing in trade, it’s very comprehensive.”
The Global Trade Partnership is a collaboration of government and private enterprise in the Vermont Department of Economic Development, part of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
The partnership provides information to companies about importing and exporting, organizes trade missions and educational programs, provides one-on-one counseling, and helps research markets.
Since it was formed in 2004, the Vermont Global Trade Partnership has organized and sponsored 43 educational and outreach programs with its partners and completed over 800 market research and technical assistance requests for Vermont businesses and start-ups.
According to the Business Roundtable, trade supports over 77,000 jobs in Vermont, including some 17,500 related to Vermont’s trade with Canada. Trade-supported jobs account for an estimated 18.7 percent, nearly one-fifth, of Vermont's total private-sector employment.
A total of 828 companies exported goods from Vermont locations in 2005. Of those, 712 (86 percent) were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with fewer than 500 employees.
To download the 2008 International Trade Resource Guide, please visit the Vermont Global Trade Partnership on line at www.thinkvermont.com/guide.
Source: Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Last Updated at: January 02, 2008 10:22:57