Why Don't More Small Businesses Get SBA Help Selling Abroad?

Shipping containers are loaded at the Port of Virginia APM Terminal in Portsmouth, Va. Photograph by Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Small business exporting has gotten plenty of attention since President Obama set the goal of doubling U.S. foreign sales in his 2010 State of the Union address. Despite the interest in helping more small companies sell abroad, only a small share of such businesses actually export, according to a report last week (PDF) from the Congressional Research Service.

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