The Research Design Associates Blog


Meet all of Georgia's International Trade Reps

Georgia has 10 trade offices across the globe that develop and coordinate trade and investment with Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the rest of the Americas. This gathering will include the State of Georgia’s representatives from Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Europe (Munich, Germany), Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United Kingdom. They will host a seminar and a networking reception. If you are exploring one of these countries, what a great chance to gain firsthand information on countries that you may be exploring to expand your business. Or if you are currently in-country and have not connected with these representatives, it is an excellent opportunity to do so.

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Business Matchmaking Between Southern States and Canadian Provinces

Time to start planning to be part of Southeast United States and Canadian (SEUS-Canada). Over the last four years I attended the partnership held in Newfoundland, Mississippi, New Brunswick and South Carolina. This effort was put together to facilitate business between the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee with the provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. There are two components: a conference with seminars on leading trends in one of the three targeted sectors and business-to-business meetings among companies in those different sectors. The previous sectors were advance manufacturing, IT, and energy.

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Saudi Arabia has continued economic growth

Recently Saudi Arabia again touted its continued economic growth during a seminar in the UK. Opportunities are in the housing sector. The Kingdom projects a shortage in housing of 1.2 million homes. To alleviate the shortage the Kingdom has allocated $1.2 billion for the construction of 500,000 homes this coming year. Comparing this to the United States it is little less than a month supply of new homes in the entire country. Considering the size and density of the country this is very robust growth rate.

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Starting sales in an international market

Once it is determined that there is a market and you have on-the-ground visual research, the next step is to determine the method to bring your product into the market. The six methods are: take orders directly, sale through an international buyer, engage a company to represent you, export directly, sell through the web, and use family members in targeted country.

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Sales Opportunities With Decision Makers

Facilitate business between businesses and government organizations. Finding a match for you products and services in an international market. Government and small business meet decision makers. Individuals found solutions for joint production of a product or service, direct sales opportunities with a decision maker on site, and valuable insights into the trends in various industry sectors through the conference.

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My Comfortable Banking Relationships

When asked to participate in this blog I was asked to write about my knowledge of and experiences with lending and borrowing money, I had to laugh. This subject is broader than it is long, deeper than it is wide, and changes daily. The only consistent answer that I can muster is if you absolutely, positively, do NOT need the loan, you have a 75% chance of success.

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