Even in the face of recent tariffs on a host of overseas goods by President Trump and the resulting retaliations by foreign governments, businesses in Maine are still making their presence felt in the global marketplace.
In fact, last year Maine companies exported $2.7 billion in goods and services to 176 countries around the world, and international trade supports nearly 1 in 4 jobs across the state, according to the Maine International Trade Center.
To assist Maine businesses in developing and expanding their international trade opportunities, this fall the center will offer a new, three-tiered approach to providing the practical skills needed to succeed globally.
Called GlobalU, the education series will include a variety of in-person seminars and live webinars that will focus on the four main pillars of international trade – logistics, finance, legal and marketing.
GlobalU runs from September through May and kicks off with an entry-level seminar entitled “Accidental Exporter” on Sept. 19 at RiRa’s on Commercial Street. This introductory session is designed to cover the core things businesses need to consider when selling their products on the international scene.