SURVEY: NAFTA Deal Could Be Approved Next Year

Global public affairs agency Porter Novelli conducted a special national poll of Americans' views on NAFTA, other free trade deals, the changing influence of foreign powers under the new Administration, and how President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord is impacting the clean tech sector.

"SURVEY: NAFTA DEAL COULD BE APPROVED NEXT YEAR: NAFTA negotiations won’t start for another two months, but one early poll already predicts a final deal could be approved by Congress before the 2018 congressional elections. The survey of 1,000 adults from across the United States was conducted in conjunction with the Entrepreneurship Export Exchange Conference taking place on June 16 in Washington. It was administered by Critical Mix on June 1, working with the Porter Novelli public relations firm.

Respondents were asked how likely they thought “Congress will pass changes to NAFTA that will be signed into law before the 2018 midterms?” The results showed 19 percent said “very likely” and another 34 percent said “somewhat likely” for a combined totaled of 53 percent. Seventeen percent said “not very likely,” 5 percent said “not likely at all” and 24 percent said “don’t know.” 

Poll-takers then asked which U.S. trade agreement they thought the Trump administration would renegotiate next. An overwhelming 46 percent admitted they didn’t know, but 17 percent said the Central American Free Trade Agreement, 9 percent the Korea Free Trade Agreement, 3 percent the Australian Free Trade Agreement, 3 percent the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and 2 percent the Singapore Free Trade Agreement. 

Finally, 16 percent predicted no other free trade agreements would be renegotiated and 3 percent thought the administration would renegotiate the African Growth and Opportunity Act next, even though that is a piece of legislation and not a trade agreement. A second survey of Washington insiders will be conducted next week."  Read online

Can Entrepreneurs Change the Conversation on Foreign Trade?

Can Entrepreneurs Change the Conversation on Foreign Trade?

(Washington, DC) April 19, 2017 – It’s been a tough year for trade.  Since the first Global Entrepreneurship Export Exchanges (E3) took place last summer, calls for protectionist policies have spiked in the United States and in countries around the world.  Much of the discussion has focused on the role of multi-national companies and their impact on jobs.  Small and medium-sized businesses represent 98% of American companies exporting, yet make up only 5% of the total exports.  These events, dedicated to the global expansion of these businesses, aim to reorient the trade debate and increase opportunities for entrepreneurs in the United States and across the globe.  In June, E3 conferences will take place in Washington, DC and Dublin, Ireland with the goal of empowering smaller firms to play a bigger role in the global marketplace. 

E3: GSR Pioneers Powerful Platform for Entrepreneurs to Grow Global

June 20, 2016 - It was a big day for small business.  More than thirty embassies, numerous top trade organizations, and leading international business experts were there to see them.  The Global Entrepreneurship Export Exchange (E3) at George Mason University (GMU) in Arlington, VA demonstrated there exists an incredibly strong demand to build better connections between small businesses and international markets.  Organized by the Global Situation Room, in partnership with Dell, Entrepreneurs Organization, and GMU, E3 attracted some of America’s leading authorities on entrepreneurship and trade.

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How to Optimize Your Website for International Business

We don’t do global. It’s a statement I hear a lot. Most companies I meet say they aren’t currently engaged in international trade. Indeed, just five percent of American small and mid-sized businesses export, compared to 50 percent in the United Kingdom.  My reply’s always the same. Do you have a website? Then you are doing global but you just aren’t doing it very well.  Even if you aren’t going out on trade missions or actively marketing your company abroad, your website and social media properties are speaking to a global audience.

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Spanish Entrepreneurs Discover Middle America at E3 Madrid Conference

Small businesses had a unique chance to explore their expansion plans with seven American states and cities during the Global Entrepreneurship Export Exchange (E3) in Madrid, Spain last week.  Hosted at Google’s Campus Madrid and BBVA’s Innovation Center, entrepreneurs got to expand their understanding of options available to expand their companies to the United States.  E3 offered Spanish entrepreneurs the opportunity to go in-depth to get market insights, questions answered, as well as discuss resources and incentives available to support their entry into the local market.  This format led attendees to go from interest to action.

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Staying Competitive Requires More Entrepreneurs Expand Abroad

Small businesses are no longer limited to local. Increasingly, entrepreneurs see the necessity and opportunity to immediately (or more quickly) enter the global marketplace. The ease of travel, communications, and trade has significantly lowered barriers to exploring new markets. Yet, the vast majority of small American firms continue only to sell domestically. Indeed, just five percent of our country’s small businesses export, even though more than 95% of consumers live outside of the United States. In the United Kingdom, the number of small businesses that export is well over 50%. Much more needs to be done to help American entrepreneurs expand their operations overseas.

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