If you’re thinking about expanding into a new market what do you want to know?
How many customers could I reach? How much are people spending on my products and services? Who of my competitors are already working in the market?
To answer these questions, you do market research. But market research, or good market research, especially global market research, is sometimes difficult to find.
The Kansas SBDC recognizes this and is prepared to help you find the global market research you need when deciding the how, why, and what of determining where in the world you should sell your products and services.
Here’s how we can help.
We can introduce you to the 8 steps of exporting through a one-day workshop.
We can connect you to the resources you need to fully vet your ideas.
We can help through one-on-one advising at no cost to you.
Let’s explore each option.
The one-day workshop
We try to make business fun when we can. That’s why we’ve licensed Riddle of the Exporter. Check out this video testimonial from Greg Kindle, President, Wyandotte County Economic Development Council when he attended Riddle of the Exporter.
If you are in or near the Kansas City area check out our next Riddle of the Exporter event on April 20, 2018. While you won’t see Will playing the guitar (as he is in our video) John Addessi will be catching you off-guard with his humorous take on international trade.
For our training we’re encouraging attendees to take advantage of a $175 grant offered by the Kansas Department of Commerce. The grant will offset nearly the entire fee for the class, $175 of the $199. Participants need to apply for the funds, which is quite straightforward, prior to taking the class. If accepted, you’ll take the class and then be reimbursed the $175. Before you enroll in the class, learn more about the grant by contacting: Chang Lu, International Trade Representative, Kansas Department of Commerce at 913-307-7378 or Chang.Lu@ks.gov.
Connecting you to global market research resources
Sometimes it’s not possible to get away from your business. We understand. So, we’re sharing a list of some of our favorite global market research resources. We can pull this information for you or we can help you look through international market research you’ve already collected and help you identify markets that work with your business.
In addition to these resources, we have a fairly extensive list of domestic secondary market research that can help you with domestic market decisions. As our client we provide this data at no charge to your business.
No matter where your business is located in Kansas we have NASBITE Certified Global Business Professionals that work hand-in-hand with a local SBDC business advisor to advise you on exporting and global trade. We encourage you to check out an introductory workshop first, then set an appointment with our team. Find a location near you by using the interactive map in this website or by visiting our locations page.
The Kansas SBDC is partially funded through the Kansas Department of Commerce. We encourage you to learn more about the Kansas Department of Commerce International Trade programs and grants that are designed to help your business.