Fast-growing small companies. A poll of those on the 1993 Inc. 500 list shows 38% doing business globally, averaging 15% of sales from overseas. Canada and Mexico are already popular trading venues. The Commerce Department found most exporters aren't big; "very small" companies (those with fewer than 20 employees) accounted for $30 billion, or 12%, of U.S. exports in 1987.

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

By continent: By country:
South America 25 Canada 84

Europe 115 Mexico 39

Asia 73 United Kingdom 59

Australia 30 Germany 41

France 27

Italy 15

Spain 9

Sweden 9

Japan 51

Source: Inc. survey of 500 companies (with median 1992 sales of $5.8 million) and "A Profile of United States Exporters," U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., September 1993.

-- Researched by Stephanie Gruner

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