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Local business owners get briefing on federal programs

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Local small-business owners were educated on exporting and government contracting during a workshop conducted Wednesday morning by instructors from the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC).
The event, which took place at the Lincoln County Senior Center, had the purpose of informing companies on how to go about exporting their goods or doing business with government agencies, touching on everything from cargo insurance to foreign etiquette to federal procurement forecasts.
Instructors included Mary Romano, SBTDC international business development counselor, and Clark Fields, procurement counselor with the SBTDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
Bill Parrish, regional director for the SBTDC at Appalachian State University, opened the workshop. He noted the significance of the two topics covered when he pointed out that 95 percent of the world’s people live outside the United States and that the U.S. government is the largest customer for businesses.
The workshop also served as an opportunity to remind business owners of the services offered by the SBTDC, most of which are free.
On hand for the event was David McCrary, the constituent service director for U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry.
McHenry stopped by at the end of the workshop, telling those in attendance that these and other events are intended to provide them with the information necessary to grow their small businesses. He said he wanted to make sure the government gets out of their way to allow them to do so, while also inviting their feedback.
For more information about the SBTDC, visit www.sbtdc.org.

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