With assistance from the Port of Clarkston, the Snake River Boat Builders Export Initiative, funded in part through the Community Economic Revitalization Board Export Program, wrapped up in April 2012. The program’s objectives, including three in-bound and three out-bound trade missions, along with other branding and marketing initiatives (see www.snakeriverboats.com) were completed in just 18 months. Employment measurements and foreign sales goals have been exceeded; businesses that had never exported are exporting welded-hull aluminum boats and experienced exporters are reaching markets they had not previously reached. In addition, a spin-off occurred, so the number of businesses participating in the program grew. Three distributorship agreements were signed during the period of the award, and additional agreements are expected to be reached. Each distributorship agreement is expected to result in annual sales between $400,000 and $800,000.
“I had an opportunity to review the Washington CERB export program proposals at the outset. This proposal was very strong. I have heard only good things about it since. It’s a great example to follow to lift off rural export programs.”--James Foley, Author, The Global Entrepreneur
Two reports are provided below. The first relates to the export initiative goals, objectives, and successes. The second provides details on the specific steps we used in the model to facilitate success.
Snake River Boat Builders Program Alliance Export
"Final Project Report" - April 2012
Snake River Boat Builders Alliance Export Program
Details on the Export Model Used to Facilitate Success - April 2012
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