Rural Factory
Rural Team
The U.S. Commercial Service Rural Team helps U.S. based rural companies bring their products to world markets. Companies can work with us discover new international opportunities, find partners worldwide, and export their products to global markets. Because companies in rural areas are typically located far from international resources, the Rural Team specifically focuses on providing international expertise, export counseling, and resources to these companies.

Export Experts Videos

Export Experts Video Series

Watch this series of six brief videos to learn from Export Experts as they share their best practices.

Gathering International Market Intelligence

Seven experienced exporters share tips on gathering international market intelligence, including why and how to gather information, cleverly leveraging your existing network, things to research and the step-to-step approach to success.


Finding and Managing International Partners

Five experienced exporters share tips on finding and managing international partners, including how to screen for quality, length of time it takes, places to find international partners, how the U.S. Commercial Service can help find international partners and the VIPER method for managing international partners. 

Are You Ready to Export?

Five experienced exporters share tips on being ready to export, including why to consider exporting, steps to enter a market, website tips, developing a Unique Selling Proposition, getting educated, how to develop a plan and helpful resources.

International Networking

Six experienced exporters share their tips and best practices on international networking. Topics include being in the right place at the right time, following up on opportunities, setting yourself apart, use of social media and how to use the U.S. Commercial Service.

Exporting from Rural Areas

Four experienced exporters share how they are successfully exporting from rural areas. Video also includes a discussion of how the U.S. Commercial Service helps rural exporters. 

Making the Most of International Trade Shows

Six exporters share how they have capitalized on international trade shows, including sharing interesting ways they have used the U.S. Commercial Service.