Think you're too young to sell overseas? You're probably not. Many fast-growing small companies are going global. A poll ofcompanies on the 1993 Inc. 500 list showed 38% doing business internationally, averaging 15% of sales from abroad.The Commerce Department seconds the finding with even more compelling numbers: "very small" companies--those with fewerthan 20 employees--accounted for 12% of U.S. exports as far back as 1987.

Number of Inc. 500 exporters doing business in ...

Canada 84

Asia 73

United Kingdom 59

Japan 51

Germany 41

Mexico 39

Australia 30

South America 25

France 27

Italy 15

Spain 9