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A Note to Our Exporters





To the U.S. Commercial Service Community:

The health and safety of our employees, clients, partners and communities is our top priority. Given the developing COVID-19 outbreak, we have made some recent changes to the way we serve U.S. exporters.

Our global network of experienced trade specialists will be working virtually and is looking forward to connecting with you via email, conference call, Skype, or video conference to discuss your international business plans. To contact a trade specialist in your area, visit our list of local U.S. Export Assistance Centers.

Know that we are here for you whether you have questions about the status of an event, need to cancel a service, or are checking on the status of an export market. To learn more about our virtual services, visit Trade.gov/virtual-services.

Additional Federal Government resources are available from the Small Business Administration and EXIM Bank.

Our thoughts are with you and the global business community, and we remain firmly committed to serving the needs of U.S. exporters like you. We will continue to evaluate options to ensure we can deliver on the objectives of our mission, and that we consider the safety of all parties involved. Connect with us on social media @USCommercialSvc for our latest updates and resources.

For more information contact:
Lilliam A. Baez, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Memphis
U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration
22 N Front Street Suite 200, Memphis, Tennessee 38103


We look forward to working with you soon.

For more information on coronavirus, please visit: coronavirus.gov.

Tennessee International Trade Center

The Tennessee International Trade Center provides free export services similar to the Department of Commerce but specifically for companies that are small businesses. 

  • Counseling
  • Business planning
  • Market research
  • Financing/fund development
  • Trade show identification
  • COVID-19 adaptation

We also manage the Small Business Administration funded State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which reimburses companies up to $10,000 a year for costs incurred from approved export activities. The CARES Act allows us to reimburse companies for eligible activity that occurred since October of 2018.

To get started, please take our Export Readiness Test. It provides us a snapshot of your activity in regards to international markets. We will then reach out to you directly.

For more information contact:
Leslee T. Alexander, Executive Director, Tennessee International Trade Center
Tennessee Small Business Development Center

Discover Your Export Potential

The Chamber is here to help your business succeed. That means connecting you to growth opportunities for your company such as exporting. Companies who export have an easier time riding out fluctuations in the U.S. economy and are more likely to stay in business. Exporting is also a great way to reach more customers and can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. We’re here to help you get started.

In 2016, Memphis area companies exported nearly $12 billion worth of goods and services, a 64% increase in ten years.

 Why Export?

More Customers

96% of the world’s consumers live outside of the U.S.

Sustainable Business

Businesses who export are less affected by fluctuations in the U.S. economy.


Businesses who export create more jobs.

Increased Profit

On average, companies who export see sales increase and make more profits.

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