A Road Map for Success
No one launches a business intending to fail.
eSmart Recycling, Tampa
Tony Selvaggio always dreamed of building a business. In 2011, he moved to Tampa from his native Venezuela to help friends open a scrap metal recycling center. Three years later he launched his own — eSmart recycling — and as a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, began accepting discarded electronics (computers, keyboards, printers, etc.) as well as scrap metal from filing cabinets, refrigerators, water coolers. And with the profits he made from his recycling business, Selvaggio helped fund computer labs for schools and nonprofit organizations that did not have the money to acquire technology. In 2019, he launched TKIBA®, an online educational technology platform aimed at middle and high school students. Now, in addition to hardware, students will have access to a wide-ranging computer curriculum.
Questions to ask before you go global:
1. Is my business ready? Find out at trade.com where three exporter assessments are available to help you determine your company’s readiness to: enter its first international market; expand into additional markets; or take on more challenging high-growth export markets.
2. Do I have a plan? Before jumping into uncharted waters, take the time to put your plans on paper. Assemble facts, identify constraints and set specific goals to ensure positive outcomes.
3. Have I done my homework? You wouldn’t take a foreign vacation without researching your destination, so why take your company overseas with no prior knowledge? Study up on markets, trade barriers, regulations and other exporting details specific to wherever you’re headed.
4. Where do I even begin? If you know absolutely nothing about exporting, but would like to learn, a good place to start is the SBA Office of International Trade (www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/oit).