• 00:20

    Manufacturing Exporting

    in Business

    This month's podcast explores exporting and how manufacturers and distributors can utilize exporting as a way to grow their business. 
    We'll be speaking with Steve Ragow, a 20+ year expert in helping businesses find foreign markets for the products. 
    This is a preview of our free morning workshop on Exporting 101: http://attivogroup.eventbrite.com/

  • 00:31

    Resources/Strategies to handle legal issues in exporting

    in Marketing

    Welcome to Export Success, a bi-weekly 30 minute online radio blog with one goal: To help you grow your business by succeeding in the global marketplace.
    Exporting can open up new markets for your company.  Like any business transaction, however, there is always the possibility of some kind of dispute with your customer,  either before, during or after the actual shipment of goods or delivery of services.  Unlike doing business with a U.S.-based buyer however, exporting raises some new issues in the event that you and your customer can’t see eye to eye.  Which country’s laws apply to the dispute?  What are your rights as a seller and what are your buyer’s rights? How can you enforce a contract if your foreign buyer breaches its terms?  If you don’t plan properly, exporting could also raise serious threats to your company’s intellectual property, be it a patent or copyright.  Another potential minefield for new exporters is the whole area of corruption, which is widespread in some markets but illegal under U.S. law. Many countries have a tradition of gift giving in business. When does a well-intentioned gift given to a potential foreign customer become a bribe, which is illegal under U.S. law? 
    This week on Export Success, I’ll be speaking to Mark Oettinger, an international business lawyer who works with the Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN), a national group of international trade attorneys.  ELAN’s members offer pro bono consultations to companies considering international trade. Mark will review a range of strategies and resources so new exporters can make contracts with foreign buyers enforceable, protect their intellectual property and stay on the right side of U.S. anti-corruption laws.
    So join me on Monday, November 11, 2013 @ 3:30 pm EST to see how you anticipate and hopefully avoid some of the legal challenges facing new exporters.

  • 00:30

    Getting started in exporting: What do I have to do?

    in Marketing

    Welcome to Export Success, a weekly 30 minute online radio blog with one goal:  To help you grow your business by succeeding in the global marketplace.  I’m your host, Dr. Robert Letovsky, and I’ve had almost 30 years of experience in international business.  Each week, I’ll be speaking to exporters, logistics managers, financial experts and government agency representatives to give you the kind of practical, how-to information you need to grow your business internationally! 
    This week, my guest will be Brent Raymond, Director of International Trade & Foreign Investment for the Vermont State Agency of Commerce & Community Development. Brent has helped dozens of small and mid-sized firms to market their products abroad.  He’ll be talking to us about the first steps a small business should take if it wants to start exporting, what resources are out there to help them and what pitfalls should you as a first time or inexperienced exporter have to watch out for.
    I hope you’ll join me for this week’s broadcast of Export Success on Blogtalkradio so that your business can start reaching out to new customers around the world!

  • 00:38
  • 01:01

    S2-E18 The State of Manufacturing in Texas

    in News

    Tony Bennett, President of the Texas Association of Manufacturing  will join us to talk about the state of the State of Texas manufacturing; what’s happening, what’s hot, and what’s getting in the way for small and mid-sized manufacturers in Texas.

    The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) represents over 450 large and small companies from every manufacturing sector, employing more than 894,000 Texans with an average compensation of $79,350 a year (the highest in the private sector). Texas manufacturers contributed $211 billion to the Texas economy in 2012 and one-third of all corporate taxes collected by state and local governments. Manufactured goods account for 94.6 percent of all Texas exports and Texas has held the distinction as the #1 exporting state in the U.S. for several consecutive years.

  • 00:16

    Why You Should Be Part of the Global Trade Chamber

    in Social Networking

    Host Lori Wilk interviews CEO, Maria-Renee Davila  of the Global Trade Chamber and its President, Al Otero, about why your ahould be part of the Global Trade Chamber, a membership organization that helps business owners to explore new opportunites. This Global Trade Chamber is in South Florida and reaches businesses around the globe by helping them navigate local, national, and international markets. Success comes from connections, comprehensive programs offered to the members, export/import services, business referrals, and information which enables companies to find new clients, build long term relationships, run ethical and profitable enterprises, and stay ahead of the competition. http://www.GlobalTradeChamber.com . Join the conversation at 347.237.5638

  • 00:31

    What Does it Take for Your Company to Go Global?

    in Internet

    They call the Internet  the World Wide Web for a reason. That's because it's the one medium that can put your products and services in front of a global audience.  That's the good news.  The bad news?  Most small to mid-sized businesses still restrict their sales to their nation of origin.  Due to language and cultural differences, shipping regulations, customs requirements, tariffs and other bureaucratic red tape, many companies restrict the size of their potential market.  If you're looking for ways to expand your business globally, tune into this episode as we discuss what it takes to go global.

  • 00:29

    Selling to Latin America: Powerful Exporting Tips

    in Business

    GBM with Sixcia Devine invites Alberto Rodriguez-Baez to inspire and share tips and international business development best practices, export trends, research tools, and marketing strategies that will help you succeed in efforts to export to Latin American countries. Alberto Rodriguez-Baez has spent his entire professional and academic careers in the field of international marketing and business development. His work experience spans from large global corporations to small businesses; private and public organizations; as well as non-profit and for-profit companies. He is passionate about helping American companies become globally competitive.
    Alberto moved from Colorado to Texas to be in charge of the international department at RPS International. During his tenure at this company, Alberto tripled the company’s international presence; expanded the distributors’ network in the Middle East, Europe and Mexico; and introduced the brand to Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. 
    Alberto is a CGBP (Certified Global Business Professional) and CBC (Certified Business Consultant), and currently works at UTSA’s International Trade Center as a Sr. International Business Consultant.

  • 01:59

    The Reptile Life - Bob Applegate

    in Hobbies

    Robert W Applegate (Bob) was born at a very young age to parents Frank and Doris Applegate of New Jersey in 1945. At about 6 months of age, being a Navy brat, he was brought to California, where he has since resided. Living in a coastal community of Pacific Beach, at approx age 5 he caught his first snake. It was snakes and lizards from that time on. At age 10 when the family bought a house and moved to El Cajon Bob had a collection of a few snakes and lizards. But that is when he had his first room alone, and soon the walls and any open space had a cage with some sort of herp. Not allowed to keep venomous, Bob caught his first rattlesnake at age 12, and kept it and others coming at a later date, hidden in nearby fields. In Junior High Bob decided the local stuff was not exciting enough anymore, so he started collecting on a large scale and trading with dealers or selling to dealers and using the cash to purchase what he wanted (ie the first Boas, pythons, etc). I suppose you could say that is when he became commercial in a small way.

    Things continued this way until a graduation from High school and a marriage to his high school sweetheart. His daughter Michelle was born within a year. For about 6 years the reptiles were second to family considerations, but for a short time he shared rent with an animal importer and dabbled in importing herps from a small shop near Lakeside. At age 21, after being a door to door salesman, he landed a job on the fire Dept. In 1970 he bought his first home, a 3 bedroom house in El Cajon, and left apartment life forever (He hopes!). Soon the garage was a snake room and there was a concrete block snake pit in the back yard. Both commercial collecting and import/exporting became significant additions to the family income.

  • 00:30

    Keys to Exporting Success

    in Entrepreneur

    Join me for an interview with Dallas Linke. Dallas has successfully negotiated major contracts in foreign countries and shares his knowledge and keys to success that can help you and your business negotiate the details of export successfully. 

  • 00:30

    Get Excited about No-Tech Gamification

    in Business

    With Special Guest Elyse Eriksson – Creator of The Riddle of the Exporter™

    In this episode of Gamification Talk Radio, Elyse and I will discuss the benefits of using no-tech gamification to create a learning environment that is fun, interactive… and has stickability!

    You’ll learn how The Riddle of the Exporter™ is changing the way people learn about the important business topic of global trade.


    This innovative seminar has been called "The best workshop on exporting.”  The creator – Elyse Eriksson has powerfully used Gamification to create content that is easy to understand. The resulting workshop is fun and interactive… with a 99% certification pass rate. That’s something that everyone is looking for in training ROI.

    If you are involved in designing or delivering training programs… this is a show you don’t want to miss!


    About Elyse:

    Elyse Eriksson creator/author of The Riddle of the Exporter™ Training and Workbook is a lifelong entrepreneur.

    She served as the Director of Training at the International Trade Center Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Dallas, TX. 

    Recently, The Riddle of the Exporter™ has been licensed through 17 SBDC Centers in 10 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.  The Riddle of the Exporter™ Letters of Credit video has been translated in Arabic by USAID where it is being used to train Iraqi bankers.

    Connect with Elyse at www.exportconnector.com or www.riddleoftheexporter.com or @exportpro

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