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International Trade Activity Increases for Businesses in Southwest Florida; Small Business Development Center Plans Training Programs to Assist
4/21/2003

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center says after one year of promoting international trade in the region, a new survey shows that the level of international business activity is increasing at a rapid pace in Southwest Florida and small businesses are only in the early stages of the exporting life cycle.

Consequently, the FGCU SBDC is planning a series of training programs to assist local companies with expanding their sales to foreign markets.

During the International Business Watch Luncheon last month, the FGCU SBDC said that in addition to the survey results, the FGCU SBDC hosted a delegation from Mexico representing Nacional Financiera (NAFIN) and the Secretaría de Economía looking for assistance in how to manage a business development center of the SBDC’s nature.

The Mexican central government has a keen interest in starting a similar network of business centers in their country, and they have identified the FGCU SBDC as the role model to follow. Currently, the FGCU SBDC is working on developing a Southwest Florida International Council.

The FGCU SBDC said during the last 12 months it has put emphasis on the international front with promotional efforts made possible by a grant from the Horizon Council of Lee County. The SBDC participated in several international events and incorporated an introductory seminar on exporting as a regular quarterly event.

For more information, contact SBDC director Dan Regelski at (239) 225-4220.

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