5 Ways to Grow Your Business

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Penetrate new markets.

The Obama administration has advocated for small businesses to push into global markets, and has set the goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2014. Today, only about one percent of small businesses export overseas. One of the biggest challenges for small companies wanting to export is communication, says Marc Meyer, a professor of entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. This is especially true in emerging markets like China where little is known about marketing and consumer culture. "These countries are fundamentally different from Western Europe and you need to go there and do your homework—learning the local selling culture, how your product will be sold and merchandised," he says.