Export Boot Camp to Help Open International Markets for New Hampshire Businesses

Trade seminar series will instruct small businesses on how to grow profits and increase value by exploring international markets and honing export skills

(PORTSMOUTH, NH, September 11, 2017) – The Provident Bank, announced today that it is sponsoring a series of training seminars designed to unlock international markets for small and medium sized businesses.

Beginning in October, Export Boot Camp, presented by the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, will focus on the four core topics of international trade: Export Controls and Compliance; Export Logistics; Export Finance, and International Marketing. 

“The Office of International Commerce works with businesses throughout New Hampshire that have products or services for which there is demand in global markets, said Tina Kasim, program manager for the OIC. “The Provident’s sponsorship of the Export Boot Camp shows its commitment to economic development through exports and international trade and that’s a huge support for us and our mission.”

Ninety-five percent of the world's consumers are located outside the United States, and many businesses have taken advantage of this to increase sales and profits. In 2013, 2,625 New Hampshire companies exported goods to that vast market, according to the state's Office of International Commerce – and 87 percent of those Granite State companies were small or medium-sized business with fewer than 500 employees. New Hampshire businesses now export more than $4 billion annually. The opportunity for growth is considerable.

Small and medium-sized companies interested in growing their sales, improving profitability and growing the value of their business should take a hard look at exporting”, Provident CEO Dave Mansfield stated. “Often, businesses will say they don’t have the in-house expertise to pursue exporting opportunities. Export Boot Camp is designed to help businesses get started and learn how to export. It also provides an opportunity for businesses already engaged in exporting to enhance their skills.”

According to a study by the Institute for International Economics, U.S. companies that export grow faster and are less likely to go out of business than non-exporting companies.

“Export Boot Camp is for anyone who is interested in selling their products and services internationally or anyone who has been approached by potential customers internationally,” Kasim said.

The seminars will be held at the offices of the New Hampshire Department of Economic and Business Affairs, the Portsmouth Public Library and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce in Concord, New Hampshire. Registration for Export Boot Camp is open now.

To register for the event, visit nhexportassistance.com/event or contact Program Officer Rachel Adams at the Office of International Commerce at the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs at (603) 271-8444 or Rachel.Adams@nh.gov.

The training is free of charge for companies meeting the Small Business Administration’s eligibility requirements to access STEP funding.

Export Boot Camp Schedule:

Export Controls and Compliance

When: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Department of Economic and Business Affairs (formerly DRED), 172 Pembroke Road, Concord, New Hampshire

Presenter: Mike Allocca, Allocca Enterprises

Export Logistics

When: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH

Presenter: Radek Maley and Nicole Dunbar, Highland Forwarding, USA

Export Finance

When: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 49 South Main St., Suite 104, Concord, New Hampshire

Presenters: Joe Kenney, The Provident Bank; Greta Johansson, U.S. Small Business Administration; John Joyce, U.S. Small Business Administration

International Marketing

When: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH 

Presenter: Wendy Pease, Rapport International

For more information, visit nhexportassistance.com/event.

About The Provident

The Provident Bank is an innovative, commercial bank that finds solutions for our business and private clients. We are committed to strengthening the economic development of the regions we serve, by working closely with businesses and private clients and delivering superior products and high-touch services to meet their banking needs. The Provident has offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. All deposits are insured in full through a combination of insurance provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).