Best Practices for Importing and Exporting

2017-03-06 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
ATDC Community Room (Room 2525)
Address: 75 5th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA

Whether you are sourcing parts from outside the US or shipping product to customers in another country, you need to be on top of paperwork, regulations and keeping costs to a minimum when importing and exporting.   Come hear how to get it right from Rick Martin, the Director of the International Trade Center at UGA’s SBDC.  This class will cover your legal obligations, rules and regulations to comply with, how to find the best partners abroad and best practices around controlling your costs, streamlining your activities and reducing your risk and liabilities.

Since 1960, international trade has grown from just 9% to almost 30% America’s economy. In 2016, the United States exported $ 1.45 trillion and imported $2.19 trillion worth of goods.  Yet many businesses are hesitant to enter the global marketplace. They just don’t understand the process, and perceive it to be too risky.

During this session, we will cover:

  • small business in America and its position in the global market,
  • changes in international market accessibility,
  • sourcing products internationally,
  • connecting with international partners,
  • creating a trade support team at no cost, and
  • legal considerations in international trade.

The objective is to make you feel comfortable interacting in the international arena.

About the Presenter Rick Martin:

Rick is Director of the International Trade Center of the University of Georgia SBDC.  His organization provides one-on–one trade consulting and delivers export training to Georgia’s business community.

Rick has over 30 years of experience in international business in both the public and private sectors. In the private sector, he established and developed distribution networks in Latin America and the Asia/Pacific region spending most of his time in those markets.

Registration Link

Click here to register for Monday, March 6th. 

Related upcoming events

  • 2020-09-24 11:30 am - 2020-09-24 1:30 pm

    Most technology startups fail. Why? They start executing before they have a sound business model. What about you? Have you discovered a scalable and profitable business model yet?

    Customer Discovery Lab is a Customer Discovery Bootcamp designed for entrepreneurs. Customer Discovery Lab uses a combination of teaching methodologies from Customer Discovery (get out of the building), Lean Startup (iterative loop of experimentation), Startup Engineering (disprove your assumptions) and the Business Model Canvas to uncover your compelling business model.

    After this program, you will have identified the core of your business model - your customer segment and value proposition. Or you may discover there isn't one. And that's OK too. It's better to find out now than after spending years and a fortune only to find out you were wrong.

    How does it work?

    1. Multi-week intensive program. You should commit to attend every week.
    2. Each week, make assumptions about what needs to be true about your business model to succeed.
    3. Design tests to disprove each assumptions.
    4. Collect data and interpret the results.
    5. Update your business model canvas based on what you have learned.
    6. Present your findings to the teaching team and get thoroughly thrashed.
    7. Repeat.

    You will be expected to talk to at least 10 potential customers each week.


    Both Customer Discovery Theory and Customer Discovery Tools are prerequisites to Customer Discovery Lab. Please take Customer Discovery Theory first which is offered the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Once you begin Customer Discovery Lab, you are then expected to attend every subsequent Thursday until you graduate.

  • 2020-09-29 12:00 pm - 2020-09-29 1:00 pm

    About the Class

    Protecting Intellectual Property (IP) is certainly important, but where does fit in the many priorities of any Startup business? We will address this important question in a round table fashion where attendees are encouraged to share their IP journey.  At the roundtable we will have a successful startup CEO and attorneys/advisors who have shepherded many Startups in the past with IP. This class is for any Startup aiming for long term success and wishing to learn from and network with IP experts.

    What you will learn:

    • What aspects of IP are most important to address and how should a young business address them?
    • How does IP and employment intersect?
    • What are best practices for IP security that don’t include filing for a patent or copyright?
    • What are the dangers and pitfalls of ignoring IP questions (or spending too much time focused on them)?

    The following subjects will be addressed over the course of the four-part series:

    1.       What Startups Need to Know About IP

    2.       Finding Value for Your Startup TODAY Using IP

    3.       How Does the World View You Differently Before/After IP?

    4.       IP in Action: How will you most likely use IP assets over time?

    About Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance 

    The Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance® (GIPA #gaipalliance) is empowering Georgia IP to advance society.™ Our mission is to provide the leadership, resources and advocacy to make Georgia a global model for the most efficient and effective ecosystem to facilitate creation, protection, and enablement of intellectual property for the economic and social well-being of our citizens. (