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Small Business Development Center

“An excellent resource to have on your side. I’m still utilizing their services while I elevate, expand, and grow my business.” – Katie Graves, Craft Coffee House

International Trade Assistance

The Niagara SBDC provides one-on-one counseling services, electronic database linkages, coordination with federal and state agencies, and topical seminars designed to assist small businesses in expanding their markets internationally.

It takes planning! Don’t be an accidental exporter.

Why Consider Selling Globally? Because it is good for your bottom line!

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, companies that export, see an increase in:

  • Competitive Advantage. The United States is known throughout the world for high quality, innovative goods and services, customer service, and sound business practices.
  • Demand. More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States. Your competitors are increasing their global market share, and you can too.
  • Profitability. Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more jobs are created, and employees earn more than in non-exporting firms.
  • Risk Mitigation. Most companies that export have an easier time riding out fluctuations in the U.S. economy and are more likely to stay in business.

Find global advantages – we can help you research:

  • Global markets that will help you diversify your options and even-out seasonality. When sales slow in U.S. markets, they may be strong / growing in other countries.
  • Pricing strategies: Profit margins may be higher and you may have less competition when you enter targeted global markets.
  • Which markets are right for you. Can you gain entry into markets that are growing faster than those in the United States.

SBDC International Services

  • Access to country or product specific market research or trade information
  • Assistance for Canadian companies seeking to locate US operations
  • Assistance in preparing a strategic export plan for your business
  • Coordination of international trade assistance with professional advisors and other resources
  • Information on available financing options to fund global transactions
  • One-on-one counseling for start-up or existing businesses on low cost methods for entering new global markets
  • U.S. Department of Commerce: Country Commercial Guides


Maureen Henderson, Director
NCCC Small Business Development Center
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, New York 14132
Phone: 716- 210-2515
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 4:00pm