Q&A: What is the Export Georgia, USA Directory?
This post is sponsored by The Georgia Department of Economic Development.
The pandemic has forced all of us to think more globally and hammered home the message that to accomplish more we must all band together.
As the world continues to fight the coronavirus and recover, businesses should cling to globally-minded messages through a partnership approach to economic development.
This is why the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) International Trade team is continuing to focus on the state’s exporting initiatives. Alongside economic development partners, local communities, and international representatives, GDEcD’s International Trade team aims to connect more businesses with opportunities outside the state borders. Through Export Georgia, USA Directory the state is making great strides to accomplish this. Here are some key factors to understand about this newest offering from GDEcD.
Q: What is the Export Georgia, USA Directory?
A: Export Georgia, USA Directory is a free tool developed for Georgia companies interested in promoting their products or services to international buyers. It’s easy to sign up, there is no charge, and it directly connects international buyers with your product as part of a searchable menu of Georgia-based products and services.
The Directory makes it easy for international buyers to find your products – so there is no downside to joining this free opportunity. Watch this video to learn more:
Q: Is there a cost to be listed in the Exporter Directory?
A: There is NO COST to list your business in the Export Georgia, USA Directory! It’s absolutely FREE!
The benefit for you and the State of Georgia is the opportunity to market a host of products and services from the state that may meet the needs of international buyers. International buyers understand that companies located in Georgia have access to an unmatched logistics network to help export their goods and services faster and easier, so they are interested in learning what products may be available to them from right here in Georgia. This directory will help make that process easier and benefit Georgia’s exporters.
Q: Can I join the Directory, even if I am not currently exporting?
A: If you are not currently exporting, please contact us at www.georgia.org/international/trade/exporter-services so we can help you determine the next steps to help your company grow.
Q: Should I join the Directory, even if I am already exporting?
A: If you are already exporting, you are the exact member we need! Your products and services are ready to go, and you are already accustomed to the export market.
This opportunity will facilitate international matchmaking – allowing you to potentially gain new customers and reach new markets – all for free!
Q: How will being listed in the Directory help me expand my export business?
A: By developing a listing in the Export Georgia, USA Directory, you will have access to global buyers, with a specific emphasis on Georgia’s 12 strategic international markets.
This free resource allows international buyers to search for Georgia suppliers of products and services and provides a mechanism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s International Trade division to facilitate international business matchmaking for Georgia manufacturers and service providers.
International buyers understand that companies located in Georgia have access to an unmatched logistics network to help export their goods and services faster and easier, so they are interested in learning what products may be available to them from right here in Georgia. This directory will help make that process easier and allow buyers to find you faster!
Q: Who will have access to the Export Directory?
A: The directory is publically available. Both domestic and international buyers, along with the general public, have access to the online directory at georgia.org/export.
The one-stop-shop just makes it easier for those searching for Georgia goods and services to find you! We’ll ask you for additional company and product information, not publicly shown on the directory, to facilitate business to business connections through the platform.
Q: How is the Export Directory being promoted?
A: The Export Georgia, USA Directory is being promoted through strategic international marketing efforts, PR efforts and by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s various divisions, including International Trade, Georgia’s consular corps, binational chambers and especially by the Department’s international representatives whose job it is to promote Georgia products in 12 strategic global markets.
These efforts include one-on-one meetings, webinars, trade shows, promotion through our website, social media channels, newsletter and through other economic development and trade partners around the world.
Q: Does the Export Georgia, USA Directory highlight only one particular industry?
A: The Export Georgia, USA Directory highlights a multitude of industries – not just one or two – to reach the widest audience and customer base possible. You can rest assured that if your business is exporting a good or service from the State of Georgia – we want you to be a part of this Directory. With a FREE listing, you simply can’t lose.
Q: Why is the application so detailed?
A: The information you share with us about your business enables GDEcD’s International Trade team better facilitate international business matchmaking opportunities with qualified global buyers and customers. This allows our team to do the leg work for you in vetting interested buyers, ensuring quality leads can find you more quickly.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. Visit www.georgia.org for more information.