Success Stories

Stay Online Corp

There is a lot to know for exporting. There are a lot of questions, and a lot of discomfort. That’s where organizations like the SBTDC have helped a lot. We’re constantly asking,”What do we do? How do we go about it? What certifications are required by the countries on our products?” Our counselors have the answers. They took a company that was clueless about interacting outside the US and helped pave the way to our comfort zone.

Bellinda and Jim Higgins

East Coast Umbrella

East Coast Umbrella

Now that we’re started, it is getting even easier. We have reps in the Middle East region and with the STEP Grant to help pay for the booth and samples, our reps will be on site to handle the tradeshow.  Work with the SBTDC. They held our hands through the process, and we never would have gone to those other countries without their help. Work with the SBTDC, and you’ll find out just how easy exporting can be.

DeWayne Day

Thermcraft

Owen helped with renewing our EXIM credit insurance policy, which has supported us for more than $2M in sales.  Because our work is so specialized, marketing and finding international partners is extremely difficult, but Owen has been the most beneficial in finding programs and people that are a fit for what we do.

Tom Crafton

Sanesco International, Inc

Sanesco Hector

The SBTDC is a great program with a fantastic vision for helping small businesses succeed.  We have a wonderful relationship with our mentor and advisory.  She always keeps us in mind and regularly informs us about opportunities or partnerships that could positively impact and grow our business.

Sales are up by 15% compared to last year, and we’ve expanded into two new countries.

Hector Romero

ERD LTD, Inc

Our international presence began the day our international business counselor called to let us know about the possibility of obtaining an NC Step grant to support travel to a trade show in Thailand. Since participating in the Thailand trade show, we’ve traveled to Hong Kong, Beijing and South America with support from grants that SBTDC helped procure. This is the perfect example of how the SBTDC counselors are constantly thinking of ways to use the resources at their fingertips to help the small businesses in their community grow and thrive.

Glenn Flaherty & Tom Robinson

Miss Jenny’s Pickles

Miss Jenny's Pickles

After Owen was contacted by a CBS 60 Minutes producer seeking a Triad export business for a show, he contacted Jenny. After receiving her permission, Owen submitted a company profile and Miss Jenny’s Pickles was selected. On October 28, 2012, the show aired nationally to a potential audience of 22 million households. That exposure has resulted in increased sales and more opportunities, including a contract for a reality show and the honor of introducing Vice President Joe Biden at EX-IM Bank’s 2013 Conference.

Jenny Fulton & Ashlee Furr

Vesocclude Medical

Alex anticipated my needs before I knew I needed them… The SBTDC has helped me take risks and compete with larger businesses with more confidence.

Freddy Cannady

ImmunoReagents

ImmunoReagents’ strategic alliances with the SBTDC and the connections with NC Department of Commerce, SBA, and NC State University have given me a sounding board when I have to make important decisions related to ImmunoReagents.

Ann Black, PhD

DryCorp / DryCase

DryCorp with Arab Health

The SBTDC’s business counseling has made a huge difference in our success by providing us with the tools and confidence needed to survive in an international marketplace. Alex has helped us review many contracts with new international distributors to guarantee that we are entering into a successful business relationship overseas.

Dr. Roy Archambault

Flow Sciences

flow sciences

The UNCW MBA teams and undergraduate interns work hard with Flow Sciences to produce great results. From viable industry analysis to tangible marketing programs, their deliverables have improved our company and increased the students’ future job prospects…Several UNCW alumni from both graduate and undergraduate programs are employed by FSI and work among its talented family-oriented atmosphere.

Flow Sciences