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International Trade Help and Evaluation

Good candidates for international trade are often  companies that have been in business more than 2 years, have a proven domestic sales, 5 or more employees and are positioned for expansion. Not sure? Let’s talk.

97% of all U.S. exporters are small businesses.



42% of U.S. exporters had fewer than 19 employees.

60% of these small businesses achieve > 20% annual earnings via exports.

Exploring or just starting?

We can help you navigate:

  • markets
  • financial options
  • support
  • implications
  • regulations
  • preparedness

Exporting and need help?

Let’s discuss:

  • Banking relationships that support international trade
  • Trade finance, foreign currency and hedging
  • Export compliance to protect you, your products and your assets
  • Finding and vetting partners
  • Shipping and logistics
  • Researching and selling into new markets

Export Import Bank

A sister organization to the SBA, EXIM Bank supports trade transactions of U.S.-made goods and services via:

  • export credit insurance for short-term and medium-term sales on secured or open account payment terms, for exporters and lenders
  • pre-export working capital from direct loans to qualified small businesses and loan guarantees to lenders
  • foreign buyer loan guarantees to lenders for medium-term financing
  • co-financing with other Export Credit Agencies
  • supply chain financing support
  • structured trade and project finance transactions

VEDP – International Trade provides a range of services, programs, and grants to help both new and experienced exporters grow their international sales by identifying new international markets, developing market entry strategies, and locating distributors and representatives for products or services. Virginia businesses interested in increasing international sales benefit from VEDP’s export development programs, services, and grants. For more information, please visit www.ExportVirginia.org.

CV SBDC's International Trade Team

Aaron Miller, Director of VA SBDC International Trade, housed at George Mason University, works with small businesses to help them increase sales through exports, comply with U.S. regulations, and build or augment their export competencies. Aaron is the former Vice Chairman of the Virginia/DC District Export Council. He also serves on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Virginia Advisory Committee and is one of GMU’s two designated Ashoka Changemaker campus leaders with the mission to make social innovation and Changemaking the new norm in higher education.  

Dulce Zahniser, Senior Trade Specialist, specializes in importing, exporting, international trade compliance and trade finance. She has over 40 years experience in over 40 countries. She has held senior roles with Towpath, US Trade and Development Agency, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Willdan Group and is a Certified Global Business Professional and member of the District Export Council. Dulce has a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy and participated in EU programs in Brussels and at Oxford. 

Chris Van Orden, Certified Global Business Professional, specializes in the food and beverage industry. Mr. Van Orden managed marketing and beer strategy and Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company where he guided new product releases, developed operational processes and provided strategic growth insights for one of Virginia’s largest craft breweries. Chris oversaw a $1B federal budget as a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Department of Education’s Budget Service.   

Explore Common Resources

The U.S. Commercial Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has published the following information for exporters of all levels.

Learn How to Export

Researching Foreign Markets

Navigate & Learn Events

Find Buyers and Partners

Website Globilization Analysis

Export Financial Assistance

Nagivate Shipping & Logistics

Comply with Export Regulations

Due Diligence and CCGs

Resolve Trade Problems