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New market opportunities.

Do you have businesses in your community that are doing well, but perhaps could increase their sales and expand their workforce, given the opportunity? Are there small businesses in your city or town that could benefit by knowing about new market oppotunities?

Now, you can help them do just that! Tell your local businesses about the Trade Information Center recently established by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Trade Information Center is a one-stop source for information on the multitude of Federal programs to assist U.S. exporters. The Center is operated by the Trade Promotion Committee, which includes the 18 Federal agencies responsible for international trade and export promotion.

What kind of information is available from the Center? You can get information on export financing programs, advice on documentation and licensing requirements, lists of foreign trade contacts and trade leads, research on international markets and export counseling.

Callers can bet reports and statistics from the computerized National Trade Data Bank, which includes more than 100,000 government documents related to export promotion and international markets. You can also learn about upcoming conferences, trade missions and fairs offered both in the U.S. and overseas.

International trade specialists give callers individual help with their specific questions or problems. They advise exporters on how to locate and utilize government programs and guide callers through the export process. The trade specialists are ready to answer a wide variety questions ranging from where to find publications and seminars on how-to-export, to what the top five international markets are for a particular product.

How you reach the Trade Information Center? You contact the Trade Information Center through a nationwide toll-free number: 1-800-USA-TRADE (1-800-872-8723). Hearing impaired callers can use toll-free telecommunications device for the deaf: 1-800-TDD-TRADE (1-800-833-8723).

The Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a message center takes calls after hours. The advantage of the Trade Information Center is that you have just one place to call to get the answers to a whole range of questions on exporting and advice on how to best approach specific market opportunities. And, it's free!

How can you easily inform your local businesses about the Trade Information Center? A Trade Information Center card is available from the Department of Commerce. Call Ed Guzzo at (202) 377-3281 and he will send you as many cards as you would like. Send the card to your local business with a note encouraging them to give the Center a call.

A free call to the Trade Information Center could be an important investment in your community.
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Title Annotation:Department of Commerce's Trade Information Center provides information on federal programs that assist U.S. exporters
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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Date:Nov 25, 1991
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