Going Global Starts at Home

The Virginia SBDC offers one-on-one counseling and an array of training programs for Virginia based firms with a global presence and vision. Taking your business global is a huge undertaking. Make sure you’ve done your homework and invested the necessary time upfront to avoid costly mistakes. The Virginia SBDC, along with our many partners in the public and private sector, are available to help you seize the immense opportunities that exist for American companies committed to international markets.

To learn more about the international program, watch our video.




The SBA Export Planner is a great tool for new-to-export and existing exporters alike. It walks you through the process of becoming export ready and provides a framework for your international expansion.

The Basic Guide to Exporting is another great resource for new-to-export firms.

Spend some time doing research on markets and industries at http://www.export.gov/

Here is an excellent business planning checklist provided by local attorney Tom McVey:


Aaron Miller is the international trade manager for the Commonwealth at the Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network. He can be reached at amille2@gmu.edu or 703-277-7715.

The Virginia SBDC Network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and George Mason University-Mason Enterprise Center.

In order to effectively serve a diverse clientele, the Virginia SBDC International works closely with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, and the Virginia Washington DC District Export Council (DEC), and other partners at the federal, state, and local levels.

US Commercial Service
District Export Council

US Small Business Development CentersGeorge Mason Enterprise Center