Small business owners will have the opportunity to learn the basics of importing and exporting at a workshop presented by The University of Texas - Pan American Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The session, titled the "ABCs of International Trade: The Basics of Importing & Exporting," will take place on April 13 at the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, located at 3313 N. McColl Road in McAllen from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In addition to discussing importing and exporting factors, SBDC Business & International Trade Coordinator Javier Martinez will also give an overview of common exporter mistakes, trade resources, and international regulations, and classification codes.

International trade assistance is a service provided through the SBDC as a supplement to its business counseling. Martinez elaborates: "Our trade services focuses on training companies in accessing the necessary information to be successful in the global marketplace. It is important that local companies know that 95 percent of the world's population is outside of the U.S., and that 75 percent of total purchasing power is made outside the U.S. In other words, these external markets may be potential customers! Companies that are export or import ready or have importable or exportable products are encouraged to participate in this introductory session."

Interested individuals should call the RGV Chamber at 956-928-0060 to pre-register.

SBDC, partially funded by the US Small Business Administration and The University of Texas-Pan American, seeks to promote economic growth and business development in the Rio Grande Valley. It does so by offering confidential one-on-one counseling, assistance in business plan development, and business training on a variety of business topics.