Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM PDT
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$40 Registrant (prepaid)
$50 Registrant & Guest (prepaid)
Walk-ins pay at door with check or credit card only (NO CASH) and will be charged an additional $5 per person. Admission subject to availability and not guaranteed. In the event of cancellation or postponement, only registered attendees will receive notification.


SCORE Small Business Resource Center 
516 Pennsfield Pl. #206
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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How to Import & How to Find an Offshore Factory C0255

Interested in working with product sourced from Asia? This workshop will address the following questions:

  • Should I produce my product here in the USA or overseas?
  • Which countries should I consider?
  • How can I find a manufacturer – factory?
  • Do I know the right questions to ask?

Get the answers to these questions and many more, such as:

  • Why manufacture abroad?
  • What is currently happening in Asia?
  • Countries to consider
  • Ways to find a factory in Asia
  • Email and on-line sites to use
  • Understanding the role of a broker
  • Using international trade shows
  • How to narrow down the options
  • Choosing the right factory for you
  • Price is just one of the reasons to go abroad
  • Understanding currency issues and the cost of money
  • Making a prototype
  • Requests for quote (RFQ)
  • Packaging issues
  • Quality Control issues
  • Using Letters of Credit for payment
  • Understanding manufacturing and shipping time schedules
  • Container sizes
  • Getting the right insurance
  • Legal issues including clearing customs

Presented by Bill Gootnick:

Bill Gootnick, formerly VP of Operations of Applause where he helped grow the company from $7 mil to $140 mil in BTC Sales. As a serial entrepreneur Bill started, grew and sold 4 businesses, including one he started in his garage with his son that grew to 360 employees, 11,000 active BTB accounts and a 22% bottom line profit.