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SBDC offers export workshop, opportunity for businesses

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington business enterprises looking to generate sales to new markets will benefit from a workshop offered 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, by the Washington Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at the Spokane Export Center, 1235 N Post, Suite 201.
Please register online at The cost per person is $25.
The SBDC also will offer a two-day seminar Sept. 17-18. Tuition for the workshop can be credited toward the seminar. 
At the workshop, businesses will learn how to find and enter international markets with their products or services and how to become profitable exporters. They will discover the benefits of exporting and the assistance available. They will obtain tools to assess readiness and learn basic market research, market entry methods and the basics of an export plan.
Instructors are SBDC international trade specialists. The SBDC is a statewide organization with two export centers ( that focus on training and advising new-to-market and new-to-export companies interested in expanding their international sales or entering international markets.
Instructor Vern Jenkins is a certified global business professional and holds a masters of international management degree from Whitworth University. He has more than 18 years of international business experience working in a number of countries, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and Afghanistan. He is a former CEO of Scentia International, Inc., where his clients included Reebok, Nike, Phillips Petroleum, Proctor & Gamble, Duracell China and Nokia China.
About the Washington SBDC
The Washington SBDC promotes economic vitality within Washington communities by providing expert business advising, demand-driven training and applied research to existing businesses and entrepreneurs. The SBDC is a cooperative effort of Washington State University, other educational institutions, economic development organizations and the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on the mission and services of the SBDC, visit the website at

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