SPROUTwide...Learn with us

We've created this page to share where we'll be in-person to show off what we know and some easy access tools & info sources to help you navigate beyond the borders.

 

WE'RE SHOWING UP: 

SPROUTwide leads workshops, seminars, and round tables. You might just find us in your neck of the woods. If you don't see us on the schedule and would like to find out how to get us to be part of your community's informational calendar, just give us a call or go to our Contact Us page.

 

WORKSHOP: "Making the Most of International Trade Shows"

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, 1313 Boyne Ave., Boyne City, MI 49712

Improving your international ROI through a strategic model for selecting the schedule and leveraging international tradeshow practices. Participants receive a practical use workbook. Advance registration is appreciated. Registration is free thanks to Networks Northwest and the Global Trade Alliance of Northern Michigan. The Flyer

 

WORKSHOP: "Setting Up New & Sustainable Foreign Revenue"

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Michigan Works! Service Center, 2950 College Ave., Escanaba, MI 49829

Growing revenue through foreign buyers and creating a strategy that develops a solid foundation that can be confidently mangaged. Participants receive a practical use workbook. Advance registration is appreciated. Registration is free thanks to Networks Northwest and the Global Trade Alliance of Northern Michigan. The Flyer

 

WORKSHOP: "Making the Most of International Trade Shows"

Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Michigan Works! Service Center, 2950 College Ave., Escanaba, MI 49829

Improving your international ROI through a strategic model for selecting the schedule and leveraging international tradeshow practices. Participants receive a practical use workbook. Advance registration is appreciated. Registration is free thanks to Networks Northwest and the Global Trade Alliance of Northern Michigan. The Flyer  


USEFUL TOOLS:

We know that sometimes you don't have the time to use existing resources to their full benefit or integrate them all into a serious strategic plan...but that doesn't mean you shouldn't know they're out there for you to access. Here are a few places you can stop by and investigate but when your capacity gets tapped out, SPROUTwide can put the resources into play for you just as if we were your in-house staff. (We just don't drain your coffee pot like your in-house crew does.)

Tools: 

Export Readiness (Initial) Assessment. This assessment consists of 5 separate dimensions.  Each dimension is scored in 4 areas. This is thanks to the talented people at Michigan State University's International Business Center and Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Regardless of the assessment result, SPROUTwide can help you increase your readiness or help you put your existing preparedness into a working strategy. Visit Here 

Currency Converter - OANDA. Quick search currency exchange rates by single dollar or specific values for most all countries. This site also offers a retroactive calendar for accurate exchange values on specific dates in the past as well as historical comparisons of multiple country currency fluctuations. Visit Here

Comparing Management Cultures. Offered in an article by the Harvard Business Review, this interactive chart provides you with a comparison of various pairs of management styles in cultures across the world. Chart and comparisons done by business culture expert and author of The Culture Map, Erin Meyer. Not only is it interesting, it just might help you in your next international negotiation. Visit Here 

 

Websites: 

globalEDGE. Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI B grant, globalEDGE delivers a comprehensive research tool for academics, students and businesspeople. globalEDGE provides tools and resources to efficiently research many international business questions you may have. Visit Here 

U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Mission Calendar. U.S. Department of Commerce trade missions are overseas programs for U.S. firms that wish to explore and pursue export opportunities by meeting directly with potential clients in their markets. Visit Here 

U.S. Department of State "Direct Line for American Business". The Direct Line program provides a unique opportunity for American businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to engage directly via webcast with U.S. Ambassadors overseas to learn about opportunities for exporting. Visit Here

Books: 

Don't Let This Happen To You. Published by the Bureau of Industry and Security, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. An introduction to the consequences of violating U.S. Export Control Law and includes actual stories of investigations of Export Control and Anti-boycott violations. Free Download 

Dictionary of International Trade. Published by The World Trade Press. This book is the most respected and largest-selling dictionary of trade in the world. It is in use in more than 100 countries and is now one-third dictionary and two-thirds encyclopedia. Buy It Here  

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More than 60 Countries. Published by Adams Media. This book is now fully revised, updated, and expanded with over sixty country profiles, the 2nd Edition provides invaluable information on how to handle common business interactions with grace, respect, and an appreciation for different cultures. Buy It Here