The Arkansas District Export Council (ARDEC) is partnering with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) on a program called ExporTech™, which is a series of group workshops with individual coaching for businesses with the goal of developing a strategic exporting plan.
The ExporTech program utilizes a peer group model, limited to leaders from 4-5 companies, which maximizes impact and action. The customized workshops help companies extract the specific information they need and, the program builds connections to a team of export organizations that help participating companies go to market and implement their export growth plans. ExporTech amplifies the impact of other export programs, helping companies get the most out of tradeshows, Gold Key services, country visits and trade missions.
Exportech offers concrete benefits that go beyond most international business and exporting courses. The content is customized to the specific needs of participants. The program delivers an “account team” of resources for each company that helps them rapidly move from planning to actual sales and payment. The international strategies and success factors covered are based on real-world company research. Speed to market is accelerated, as a robust plan is developed in three months, and actual leads and sales follow soon thereafter. Quantifiable cost savings are achieved as participants efficiently connect with reputable resources, receiving consultations that would normally cost thousands of dollars to obtain on their own and radically reducing the overhead required to find qualified assistance. Chances for success are higher, with a vetted international growth plan and the right resources behind each company.
The classes are taught by experts in the areas of business plan development, finance, government assistance, legal, logistics, marketing/market research and regulatory/compliance issues. These instructors, as well as the plan reviewers who are highly experienced exporters, will also act as mentors to participants.
The six, 4-hour webinar sessions, (9-11AM and 1-3PM on each day) will be conducted on the following dates:
- September 14, 2021
- September 16, 2021
- October 19, 2021
- October 21, 2021
- December 7, 2021
- December 9, 2021
The program is intended for business executives of small and mid-size product companies and their marketing and logistics/supply chain managers responsible for the export function. It is aimed at both new-to-exporting companies and those that have been exporting, but have not fully exploited global opportunities that exist for the company. The program fee is per company, not individual. Up to three individuals per company may attend with permission from instructor.