Shipwire is a huge proponent of small businesses in general and we have been a champion of small business global expansion since we launched as a company!
Since February of this year we’ve been a major participant in a growing trend – the U.S. government focus on growing out of this volatile economy with the help of exports and small businesses. This initiative was kicked off by President Obama in his State of the Union and the National Export Initiative.
Rather than wait for the President’s panel to come up with some recommendations for how to grow exports; Shipwire and our CEO Damon Schechter have put forth a roadmap to grow small business exports that we call “Export Vision 2010.”
“In order to answer Obama’s charge and double exports in five years, I contend that we need open markets, empowered entrepreneurs, and a platform for global growth that eliminates the hassles of overseas product sales.”
- Learn the pitfalls of international shipping.
- The fortune 500 model for global expansion and how Small Businesses can participate
- Get a step-by-step roadmap to building an overseas sales engine.
- See this roadmap applied to actual shipwire customers.
You can download the entire Export Vision 2010 White Paper. You can also download an abstract that has gotten some press coverage as well.
At the heart of our Export Vision is experience and our desire to build a platform that helps small businesses expand their global sales. To prove this point, we have also released a “Shipwire Report: SMB Export Numbers“. This gives actual export growth numbers derived from Shipwire’s international experience with our merchants. There is some great data in it, including why shipments to locations outside the U.S. has grown.
Shipwire wants to continue to add our opinion to the question of how to grow small business exports. So please check back to the blog often.
Nate oversees our channel development and developer network, as well as our marketing and public relations. Previously, Nate was at Concentric, acquired by XO Communications, where he ran product management, sales and marketing. Over his six year career with Concentric, he developed dozens of new business channels, by initiating new products for small- and mid- size businesses, developing partner programs for those products, and working with web developers and systems integrators to provide ongoing support of those products. Nate has also held various legal positions in intellectual property and business law. He holds a B.A. in History, and a J.D., from Santa Clara University.