ERIC Number: ED314113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-2
Minority Business Export Initiatives: Final Report, 1989.
The Minority Business Export Initiatives Program was developed by Harold Washington College and Chicago City-Wide College (two schools in the City Colleges of Chicago system) to assist minority business owners in developing and implementing international business strategies that would strengthen their economic viability within today's complex global economy. Prior communication with minority business development organizations revealed that minority businesses had an interest in exporting, but lacked the information and specialized skills necessary to develop an international business strategy. In response to these needs, a series of four workshops was conducted, focusing on assessment of export potential, use of public and private sector resources, export marketing plans, international market analysis, the fundamentals of distribution, and payment and financing methods for international sales. Another aspect of the program was the opportunity for participants to receive individual consultation from international business specialists as needed. Participants in the program were given information about Harold Washington College's Business and International Education Program and about the services and programs of other business development and international trade organizations. The use of promotional and referral services other than those available within the City Colleges of Chicago was a significant factor in the success of the program. Appendixes contain a workshop program, recruitment letters, a list of participants, workshop evaluation forms and comments, consultation session evaluations, and a case study of a minority entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Sears-Roebuck Foundation, Skokie, IL.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chicago City Colleges, IL. Harold Washington Coll.; Chicago City Colleges, IL. Chicago City-Wide Coll.