The SBA has made it a priority to help small business exporters by providing a number of loan programs specifically designed to help develop or expand export activities.
The Chafee Center provides comprehensive international trade services for businesses to expand into international markets. The Center has an extensive network of strategic partners around the world. In addition to our partners, we have an in-house staff, a team of international specialists and student researchers from Bryant and other regional universities and colleges to help companies reach their international goals.
The Chafee Center houses the World Trade Center Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Export Assistance Center. Strong partnerships with Commerce RI and other regional and national business development programs enable the Chafee Center to offer a range of resources for companies, universities, and government organizations. Through the Center’s strong partnership with Commerce RI, additional programs are available to support local companies in their export activities.
There are 20 U.S Export Assistance Centers located throughout the U.S. They are staffed by SBA, U.S Department of Commerce and Export-Import Bank of the U.S. personnel, and provide trade promotion and export-finance assistance in a single location. The USEACs also work closely with other federal, state, and local international trade organizations to provide assistance to small businesses.