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USPS Helps Rural Businesses Attract Global Customers

The USPS is holding small-business workshops in 60 communities this month through the Made in Rural America initiative. The workshops are designed to show rural businesses how they can use USPS products and services to attract more customers from around the globe.

Workshop participants will learn about selling products online and exporting, as well as how to file customs forms digitally, how to calculate export shipping costs and USPS global shipping products.

The workshops are part of the White House’s “Made in Rural America” initiative, which brings together federal resources to help rural communities gain access to new markets. In a press announcement last month, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman said, “Our goal is to make expanding into foreign markets easier than ever imagined for rural entrepreneurs and businesses.”

The Postal Service also offered the “Grow Your Business Day” workshops last year. To find a Made in Rural America workshop in your area, visit usps.com/events and click your state. The site will be updated as details for each workshop becomes available and as additional workshops are added.

The Made in Rural America export and investment initiative was launched by the Obama Administration in Feb. 2014.

Update: Try this link to access USPS events by state.

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