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USPS to provide exporting workshops in rural areas

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USPS will help rural businesses boost exports using Priority Mail International and other products.

The Postal Service will offer “Grow Your Business Day” workshops through a federal initiative that aims to boost the number of exports from rural businesses.

The free seminars will be offered at 75 Post Offices and focus on exporting, including how to file customs forms and calculate shipping costs. Participating offices will be announced later.

“The Postal Service is a lifeline to many rural businesses, providing efficient and low- cost shipping options,” said DPMG Ron Stroman. “As part of this initiative, we’ll provide small businesses with information on shipping solutions to get their products to customers in foreign markets, navigating customs regulations and forms, and helping grow their business.”

The workshops are part of the “Made in Rural America” initiative, which brings together federal resources to help rural communities gain access to new markets.

The White House Rural Council is spearheading the effort, which also includes a program to educate local banks on federal export resources available to small firms.

USPS introduced “Grow Your Business Day” workshops several years ago to help Post Offices connect with small businesses in their communities. Topics include direct mail, Every Door Direct Mail and global business opportunities.

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