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Fruit, nut exporter connects U.S. farms, China markets
February 23, 2017

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

TACOMA, Wash. – Farm Breeze International, a specialty crop export company headquartered in Tacoma, did $7.5 million in revenue in its first year selling tree nuts and fruit concentrate to China. In its second year, 2016, it shipped 15 million pounds of tree nuts and revenue more than tripled.

Torklift expands exports with global market research
May 24, 2016


By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

SUMNER, Wash. – Torklift International has made hitches, suspension products, steps and more in Washington since 1976 and started building export capacity about 10 years ago. Sales in Australia have been so strong that in 2015 the company opened a warehouse and distribution center in Sydney.

Businesses head to South Korea to explore new markets
April 21, 2016

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WSBDC-LOGOMOSES LAKE, Wash. – Business owners from Grant County are headed to South Korea April 26 for an eight-day trade mission to explore export opportunities for Eastern Washington products ranging from flour to exercise equipment.

Building innovation upon a solid business plan
July 16, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

BeanSPOKANE, Wash. – It’s hard to classify the types of projects that roll out the door at Empire Technical Development in Spokane.

Business advisor connects students to export opportunity
May 15, 2015

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WSBDC-LOGOMOSES LAKE, Wash. – Some cookies were too sweet and others too dry, moist or just blah. But after nearly six months of research and development, students in Susan Moberg’s culinary arts class at Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center are hoping the oatmeal cookie served up at a food trade show in South Korea this week will be just right.

Did port slowdowns bust state’s hay export boom?
March 16, 2015

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

JimBaird-80SEATTLE – Washington grows and exports some of the best hay in the world, but the market has taken a significant hit from the recent dockworker slowdown that crippled West Coast ports. 

SBDC offers export workshop, opportunity for businesses
July 8, 2013

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 … » More …

Seminar to introduce businesses to exporting
February 16, 2011

SEATTLE – A seminar title “New to Export” will be presented by the Washington Small Business Development Center and International Trade Alliance March 16-18 in Seattle.


The seminar is designed for small- and medium-sized businesses that want to generate or expand sales in international markets. The program will provide the primary information and resources needed to understand how to export products or services. It will cover such topics as:


finding an international market

distributing products

advertising and selling to a different culture

financing and making a profit

obtaining certifications

regulations and intellectual property issues

where to get help navigating through the process

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Replacing chemical fumigation of fruit with low pressure
October 6, 2010

PULLMAN – Fruit consumers and growers will be delighted if Shaojin Wang, a WSU assistant research professor of biological systems engineering, can achieve his research goal. Wang is pursuing a method that could replace the chemical fumigation of apples and cherries grown in Washington with simple low-pressure treatments.

Low-pressure storage technology changes the normal composition of air, creating an environment inhospitable to pests that would otherwise attack the crop. While pests are controlled, fruit is kept fresh without over-ripening or senescing.

Wang is working on a technically effective and environmentally sound process to disinfest cherries and apples using low-pressure methods.

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