Export courses scheduled in several coastal areas

A series of Exporting 101 courses on developing or expanding an export business are being offered to Louisiana companies in several locations in the state.

The free course will focus on exporting Louisiana seafood, fish, crawfish, alligator, value-added products and associated supplies, commodities and equipment.

Courses will be held 8 a.m.-3 pm. July 23 in Lake Charles; July 25 in Thibodaux; July 24 in Abbeville; July 30 in Belle Chasse; and July 31 in Chalmette.

The series is designed for companies new to exporting and experienced exporters with employees needing export training.

Topics include export economics and breaking even; identifying potential overseas markets; assessing business and product readiness; promoting products in target markets; export logistics; methods of payment; and legal considerations and regulatory requirements.

The series is supported by Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center, Le Centre International, South Louisiana Economic Council, Acadiana Economic Development Council, Louisiana Agricultural Center, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Louisiana Sea Grant, Louisiana Small Business Development Center and the Southern U.S. Trade Association.

The series is organized by Leake and Andersson LLP through a federal grant primarily focused in the parishes that were declared disasters after hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

For more information and registration, contact Marisol Canedo, project director, at (504) 722-7894 or email mcanedo50@gmail.com.