SBDC Export Readiness Center
Whether you are considering exporting or are already in foreign markets, knowing where to turn for guidance is very important. The WSBDC Export Ready Center has experienced and certified international trade specialists with the background and resources to help you navigate the obstacles of exporting. Services include Advising (one-on-one, confidential, ongoing, and no cost), Training, Foreign Market Research and Service Provider Referrals.
Sharon Sappington is the International Trade Advisor with the Western Washington SBDC Export Readiness Center. She advises and provides guidance to businesses that are new to export or want to expand existing export markets. She has been in international trade for over 15 years, including living and working overseas. Her business activities have spanned the world regions of Asia, The Americas, Western/Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She has worked with various company types and sizes from start-up to mature, small to large, and public and private. Some of her industries have included food and beverage, consumer goods, hospitality, wine, international aid and development, wood products, furniture, agribusiness, nonprofit, industrial measurement instrumentation, renewable energy, building energy efficiency, and international residential resort development. Sharon’s work has been hands-on as well as in a consulting and advising capacity, including foreign assignments with the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) where she helped companies in other countries to develop their exports.
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