More small businesses are exporting today than three years ago, according to a 2013 Small Business Exporting Survey by the National Small Business Association and its international trade arm, the Small Business Exporters Association.
The survey, which was conducted online in May with more than 500 small business owners, showed that there has also been an increase of non-exporters who said they would be interested in starting to export their goods or services, rising from 43 percent in 2010 to 63 percent today.
“The growth we're seeing in small business exporters underscores a broad change in attitude about exporting,” said David Ickert, NSBA chair and former SBEA chair, of Air Tractor, in a written statement. “Not only are small businesses seeing growing opportunities available to them via exporting, they increasingly view their goods and/or services as valuable in a global marketplace.”
Non-exporters said their main barrier to selling internationally was lack of information and an unclear understanding of where to start, according the report.
“One of the key takeaways from this survey ought to be the imperative to make exporting more accessible for America's small businesses,” said Todd McCracken, NSBA president and CEO. “When asked about federal support, two of the top three recommendations among both exporters and non-exporters was to improve availability of information and consolidate federal agencies to provide a one-stop shop.”