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Export Education

Export Essentials Online

Learn to export with Food Export's FREE online training. Export Essentials Online helps companies by providing an end-to-end process of how to become an exporter. The online education center consists of eleven easy-to-understand modules that guide companies through the tasks and processes of exporting, all at their own pace and time. These lessons are a great resource for new and experienced exporters alike.

Export Webinars

Food Export offers a series of complimentary educational webinars that provide up to date exporter intelligence on a variety of export related topics. Click here to access a complete list of prerecorded Food Export webinars. For an updated list of upcoming live webinars, please see the International Marketing Program's calendar of events web page.

Export Seminars

The International Marketing Program offers educational export seminars across the state of Michigan throughout the year. Past seminars topics include:

  • The Best Ways to Get Started in Exporting
  • Expanding Your Exports
  • Preparing for Export Success
  • Tapping into the Canadian Market

For a list of upcoming seminars, please see the International Marketing Program's calendar of events web page. You can also contact the International Marketing Program staff at

U.S. Department of Commerce "A Basic Guide to Exporting"

Looking for a comprehensive overview of how to export? For more than 70 years, A Basic Guide to Exporting has been the resource that businesses have turned to for answers to their questions about how to establish and grow overseas markets for their products and services. Whether your firm is new to exporting or in need of a refresher on the latest ideas and techniques, this comprehensive guide, now completely revised and updated for 2012, provides the nuts-and-bolts information you need to meet the challenges of the world economy. The guide is available online or order by hardcopy.

globalEDGE Online Modules

Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University, globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.
globalEDGE offers free online modules on topics pertinent to International business such as:

  • Market Research Entry
  • Institutions and Trade Agreements
  • Legal Frameworks
  • Cultural influence on business negotiation

The 'Doing Business In' section introduces basic understanding and analysis of conducting business on a country by country basis. Click here to learn more about globalEDGE Online Modules. 

Additional Resources

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) 
Van Andel Global Trade Center (VAGTC)