LIHU‘E — Export University is bringing its export training program to Kaua‘i for the first time at Kaua‘i Community College in August.
“Last year, (Hawai‘) companies that participated in the training sold products internationally that totaled $699,610 in real U.S. dollars,” said Lesley Harvey, project director of the District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
For the KCC class, they are expecting at least 25 participants, she said, having the support of the Kaua‘i Economic Development Board, which is handling many of the logistics locally.
“We’re hoping to support Kaua‘i small businesses with the opportunity to participate in the training. It is a smaller market, but no less worthy of our efforts,” said Harvey.
Harvey encourages all businesses to attend Export University, from those that already have successfully exported to those that have no international business experience.
“We created the program materials based on industry standards but really focused in on the Hawai‘i markets. Hawai‘i is very unique, geographically and the issues that it faces, the close neighbors it has to Asia, and we wanted to highlight some of those factors. The material is fresh, relevant, and most importantly it is customized for each attendee,” said a press release.
Through funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Export University 101 will be offered along with a new training, Export University 201: a one-day course on best utilizing international social media and e-commerce.
The cost for Export University 101 is $100 for the two-day course (Aug. 7-8, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Export 201 is $25 for the one-day course (Aug. 9, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.). For companies that attend both 101 and 201, participants can attend the course for $110, a $15 savings. Space is limited. Export University will also be held on Maui and Big Island later this year.
Furthermore, companies may be able to take part in a cost-share program aimed at encouraging companies to conduct international business abroad. Eligible participating companies can receive up to $2,000 each to use for export-related business travel to their target market through the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism STEP program and funds granted by the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture.
If you’re interested in registering for the Export University training sessions or have any questions, contact Lesley Harvey at 808.457.7100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.