Small Exporters Turn Their Size Into A Big Advantage

Agile exporters to Asia are quickly adopting survival strategies

Let the billion-dollar multinationals fret about the strong dollar, the bad loans made by Japanese banks, and the recession that holds Asia in its grip. Smaller U.S. "mininational" exporters--toolmakers, dredging companies, even companies peddling cheesecakes to restaurants in Thailand--are convinced that the surging dollar and the Asian economic crisis, though painful, won't derail their global growth.

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