Small Business Assistance Center
Small business has always been the driving force for innovation and job creation; however, we believe that the recent development might have proven to negatively impact small business.
• The economy is dominated by the tech giants through their increasing influence on consumers, control over marketing, and the implementation of artificial intelligence.
• Technology initially helped small businesses to manage cost but now it drains their resources through constant changes and updates.
• Global trade empowers consumers, helps small business to manage their supply chain, and better manage capital investments. Recent reverse trend in globalization negatively impacts small business and entrepreneurship. At the same time, millions of goods are shipped directly to U.S. consumers from overseas every day because of cross border ecommerce through marketplace such as Amazon.
USCCC now partners with select organizations to assist small business to stay competitive with a focus on:
(1) supply chain management; and (2) financial management.
As USCCC has provided its members and the business community with business advisory services in the last three years, USCCC has developed an in-depth knowledge in bringing the US and Chinese companies together. In addition, it has fostered a close working relationship with the government, chambers of commerce, and business leaders in various manufacturing centers in China such as Ningbo, Hangzhou, Zhongshan, Shunde, Jiangmen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Dongguan. To expand the scope and improve its ability to help US companies to stay competitive, beginning 2005, USCCC will provide small businesses with assistance in sourcing products from China and in understanding the Chinese markets.
Products sourced will be limited primarily to those that do not require extensive engineering work, annual purchase that does not exceed US$200,000, or products that are readily available in the market or do not require extensive tooling.
Initially, we will focus on those industries that we have visited and understood such as printing and packaging, injection molding, metal stamping, casting, electronics, hardware, promotional products, textile, and accessories such as leather goods. As we continue to expand, other industries will be added. The service will enable small businesses to stay competitive by sourcing certain products directly from China (bypassing middlemen) and not requiring to maintain a separate team of staff or to travel to China frequently (each trip will cost about US$5,000 to $10,000).
Small Business Webinars and Videos
Webinar: Trade and Finance for Small Business - Made Easy
September 30, 2021 4:00 p.m. EST; 3:00 p.m. CST
This workshop discussed opportunities and challenges facing small businesses, specifically, trade and finance. Trade is the heart of business, and finance is the key for survival and success. Most small business owners have limited resources and limited options to sustain and succeed. The program explained how small business owners can manage their supply chains and finance their operations at various stage of development.
Webinar: Why and How Small Businesses Should Outsource Their Supply Chain
August 5, 2020
The world is dominated by the digital giants. Technology initially helped small businesses and encouraged entrepreneurship: however, the never-ending development across the landscape and control by digital giants have drained out the resources of small businesses. A new paradigm is urgently needed to revitalize small business and entrepreneurship. Outsourcing the supply chain could be the first step for small business operators to refocus on the core of their business and thrive for success.
Webinar: How Can Small Businesses Benefit from Trade?
October 8, 2020
Trade is the heart of business. Small businesses can benefit tremendously from getting involved in trade. However, a sound strategy and a good understanding of the process are critical to realize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of such an engagement. With limited resources, unsound decisions could be severely detrimental to small businesses. This webinar will address the risks and opportunities and will focus on proven strategy to maximize the opportunities in the digital world. U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce helps small business meet the challenge.
Webinar: Cross-Border E-Commerce for Small Business
September 2, 2020
More than 25% of all revenue of sellers on Amazon globally is from cross-border e-commerce. Its growth rate is twice as that of the $3.4 trillion e-commerce as a whole. Small businesses can run like global entities because of the eco-system in e-commerce, and 97% of internet-enabled small businesses export. The future is compelling. However, it is everything but simple. The webinar will give an overview of cross-border e-commerce and will discuss some of the challenges facing small businesses.