Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jerry Hingle is the Newest Member of WTCNO

Good morning everyone,
The Southern United States Trade Association is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Jerry Hingle, is the newest member of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Mr. Hingle will be serving on the Board of Directors.

The World Trade Center of New Orleans strives to increase the wealth and jobs in Louisiana through international trade and economic development. Their mission statement is:

"The mission of the World Trade Center is to facilitate on behalf of our members the addition of wealth and jobs in Louisiana through international trade, economic development and allied activities by supporting a prosperous international business climate in Louisiana with advocacy, information, education, and stakeholder programs and services. Implementation of our mission results in the retention, recruitment and expansion of Louisiana-based international businesses, contributing to the state’s overall economic development." --World Trade Center New Orleans

Read the full press release "World Trade Center of New Orleans Welcomes Jerry Hingle."

Monday, July 30, 2012

"You've Got a Whole World out There" - Jerry Hingle

SUSTA strives to make exporting as easy as possible for small businesses. We understand that as a small business, the resources you are most likely lacking are money and expertise necessary to export on your own. Not to worry, the Southern United States Trade Association has both, and we are ready to hand over both our money and our expertise to make your product successful overseas. All you have to do is apply.

Read all about our efforts through the Huntsville Times here: http://blog.al.com/huntsville-times-business/2012/06/susta_helps_small_businesses_g.html

Jerry Hingle
CEO and Executive Director
Southern United States Trade Association 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Louisiana Ranks 42 in Top States for Business 2012

Louisiana was scored on several measures of competitiveness, including cost of doing business, work force, quality of life, infrastructure and transportation, and technology and innovation.

The Southern United States Trade Association is working hard to make Louisiana a better state by encouraging small business owners to export their food and agriculture.

“We’re here to help American businesses take advantage of this trend by giving them the resources and guidance they need to market their products internationally,” said Jerry Hingle, CEO and Executive Director of SUSTA.

Read more about how SUSTA can offer program funds to help Louisiana:
Southern United States Trade Association Provides Export Funds

Monday, July 23, 2012

"Mississippi's Exports Up 30 Percent" - Jerry Hingle

International trading statistics reveal that exports coming from Mississippi have been moving up over the first four months of 2012. Mississippi businesses have exported $1.1 billion due to poultry, cotton, and wood exports.

It's great news, but we don't want to stop there. Read about how SUSTA is helping Mississippi and other southern states boost that number by providing education and financial assistance to smaller businesses. 

The Southern United States Trade Association Helps Small Businesses Article by Hattiesburg American

Friday, July 20, 2012

How to Locate an Importer in a Foreign Country

For many companies new to exporting, finding and securing a trustworthy importer can be a daunting task. You want to find an importer/agent/distributor who knows the market and is experienced. But securing one can be very difficult if you do not have the proper connections. If you don't have the financial resources or connections to establish a business presence in a foreign market, this video will come in handy: To See more videos about exporting, subscribe to our Youtube Channel! Southern United States Trade Association Youtube

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Trans Pacific Partnership is Good for Louisiana: Jerry Hingle

Louisiana's food and agriculture exports to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) signatories totaled just under $2 billion last year and are up 52% so far in 2012. And if Japan and Korea join the club, expect it to be an even more important trading block for farmers and ranchers in our state.

Sure, the U.S. already has free trade agreements with many individual countries in this group, but TPP gives us a chance to gain more access as we fix loose ends that got taken off the table when negotiating them. Korea held firm on opening up their rice market; Hopes are that our rice farmers may eventually get another chance ...