Central Region: Local Resources



Exporting can lead to significant revenue growth for small businesses. According to SBA, 97% of exporters are small business owners and 96% of potential customers are outside of the United States. As a way to address this opportunity, the SBTDC's Export Assistance Program (EAP) provides state-wide assistance for companies seeking to export with an emphasis on the Baltimore-Washington corridor, due to the heavy percentage (60%) of businesses located within the region and its proximity to key international resource partners, trade zones, and transportation channels, i.e. the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport.


The goal is to continue providing long-term and high value technical assistance to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), focusing on preparing small businesses to enter new markets, create more efficient supply chains, and become more globally competitive. We are also enabling clients to expand their customer base, sales, and revenues, while additionally allowing them to diversify to minimize risks. To provide the best services for clients we have been working closely with international resource partners.


International resources available to small businesses include:


Government Agencies & Departments



  • Export Import Bank
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Small Business Administration
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Commerce
    • Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
    • International Trade Administration (ITA)
    • US Census Bureau
    • US Commercial Service
    • US Export Assistance Centers (USEAC)
    • US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • US Department of State
  • US Trade & Development Agency



  • BWI Airport Authority
  • Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED)
  • Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Port of Baltimore


Local & Private Sector

  • Baltimore Development Corporation/Free Trade Zone
  • World Trade Center Institute


Online Resources

  • www.export.gov
  • www.export-u.com
  • www.globaledge.msu.edu


Trainings offered have covered basic export programs for non-export ready companies (Tier I), export capable (Tier II), and export established (Tier III) companies.  This includes a 4-week Certified Global Business Professional exam preparatory course for both businesses and practitioners. Click here to read more.