Want To Go Global? Here's Where To Find Help

At one time or another, many small businesses have toyed with the idea of going global. But just understanding the paperwork and bureaucracy associated with exporting can be daunting. Information is hard enough to come by. Even though the Commerce Dept. is more supportive of small business these days, it's still widely viewed as an advocate of big companies. And many entrepreneurs have given up in sheer frustration. Joel Krieger, head of marketing for Taub Floor Coverings Inc., a $3 million company based in Staten Island, N.Y., put his global plans on hold three years ago when he realized he didn't have the time or the staff to devote to coping with the complexity of foreign markets. "Just gathering the information available was staggering," he recalls.

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