Small to medium-sized businesses account for over 80% of the exporters in the state of Kansas. This shows that export is not only for big businesses. Yet of the nearly 250,000 small businesses in Kansas, only around 3,000 are involved in export. Kansas is most known for its exports in transportation and agriculture, but a wide variety of products and services are exported from our state.
While not every business has a product or service that can be exported, there is certainly opportunity for more of Kansas’s small businesses to expand their sales of products and services by entering into the international market place. With approximately 95% of the world’s consumers living outside of the U.S., businesses that have products or services that can be exported can reach a much larger potential customer base by looking outside this country.
Some Interesting Facts
• In 2016, the value of Kansas goods exported was $10.2 billion
• In 2015, the value of goods exported from the Manhattan, KS Metropolitan Area was $89 Million
To learn more about the potential for your business to export or to how to better manage export issues, attend “The Riddle of The Exporter” in Manhattan on July 28th. Register here, or, for more information, contact the Washburn University KSBDC. We hope to see you there!
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Laurie Pieper, Ph.D.