Export training workshop completed

Posted on Aug 30 2019

Participants of an export training workshop hosted by the Department of Commerce pose for a group shot at the Kanoa Resort. (Contributed Photo)

The CNMI Department of Commerce, with the support of the Commonwealth Development Authority, recently hosted an export training workshop, highlighting international exporting basics with a focus on the Japanese market.

Southeast Asia for Global Risk Mitigation Foundation director Chuck Lopez conducted the training.

Commerce Secretary Mark O. Rabauliman noted that the focus was on the global supply chain, trade war opportunities, and tailoring products for a specific foreign market.

“We encourage eligible small businesses to leverage this grant which can help propel your business into the global scene. International exporting is a tool that can help increase revenue streams in growing your business. There were a large number of participants in attendance ranging from established business owners to individuals learning more about exporting so any other interested business can contact our office for more information,” Rabauliman said.

This training opportunity is made possible by the State Trade Expansion Program federal grant. The CNMI State Trade Expansion Program is a state-federal partnership funded in part through a grant from the Small Business Administration to provide financial assistance to qualified CNMI small businesses for international marketing efforts in beginning exporting or market expansion. This assistance includes website design, translation of marketing materials, product packaging compliance, and export training workshops. A select number of businesses can also qualify to attend a foreign trade show funded by the STEP grant.

A special live-stream provided by the Northern Marianas College was made available to residents on Tinian and Rota in collaboration with the Tinian and Rota mayor’s offices through Commerce’s respective resident directors. A recording of the workshop will be made available through NMC’s website.

For more information about the CNMI STEP program, contact the CNMI Department of Commerce at (670) 664-3065 ext. 125 or email cnmi.step@commerce.gov.mp. (PR)

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