Ready to Go Global?
Entering the international marketplace requires a understanding of foreign business trends and practices. The good news is that it has never been easier to participate in international trade. Advances in technology have made worldwide commerce available to more small businesses. These include instant communications, systems that quickly transfer money, and a huge market outside the US.
The City of Federal Way’s Department of Economic Development serves as an information and referral service for local businesses seeking to expand into the global marketplace. The following agencies are available for assistance with your export or funding questions:
Washington State Department of Commerce, http://www.choosewashington.com/business/export/Pages/default.aspx, (206) 256-6137
The Washington State Department of Commerce works in partnership with the WA State Network of Small Business Development Centers by offering no-charge training and trade assistance to Washington companies.
Washington State Network of Small Business Development Centers, https://export.wsbdc.org/, (206) 246-5341
The Washington Small Business Development Center Network is your resource for expert business advising, management training and market research. SBDC advisors offer one-on-one technical assistance at no charge to make sure you have the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your company. The Seattle SBDC - Export Center is located at 13925 Interurban Avenue South, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98168.
Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington, http://www.efacw.org/, (206) 256-6115
The Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington (EFACW) was created by the Washington State legislature in 1983 to provide export finance counseling assistance to small- and medium-sized exporters or prospective Washington-based exporters. EFACW is funded mainly by the State of Washington and is an independent contractor to the Washington State Department of Commerce (COM). EFACW is currently co-located with the Washington State Department of Commerce in The Westin Building at 2001 6th Avenue, Suite 2600, Seattle, WA 98121.
U.S. Export Assistance Center Tacoma, (253) 973-5386
This office is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The contact for Federal Way businesses is Young Oh. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is located at the Commerce Department, 415 97th South, Tacoma, WA 98444.
Washington Export Resource Center, http://waexports.com/
The Washington State Export Resource Center (WERC) was formed between business representatives, education and state government to bring new resources to light for business around the state pursuing interests in selling their products and services throughout the global market place. The website has valuable information for businesses considering entering the international markets.