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Boosting Business in the Corridor

LINN COUNTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Corridor business owners gathered at Cornell College to learn more about how they can grow their business.

One small business owner said knowing the do's and don'ts about international trade is important before stepping into the real world, especially after Russia banned food
and agriculture imports from the west, which could hurt farmers close to home.

"My business helps those new customers that are kinda afraid and don't know all the procedures when they export," Brian Miller said.

Miller's company, Expedited Worldwide Solutions, helps other owners, so they can grow internationally.

"We work with small, medium and large companies to make sure that when they export and that they are compliant with export rules and government rules," Miller said.

He said learning about international exports benefits not only him, but others as well.

"Some of the partners here are your best advocates," Linn County Board of Supervisors Linda Langston said.

Langston said it's important to know what resources are at their finger tips, if they want to enter the trade market or boost business.

"Many would be surprised to know how many Iowa businesses are actually involved in exporting right now," Langston said.

Iowa ranks high in food exports, especially in China and Russia where population exceeds productivity, she said.

"That is a niche we fill very strongly around the world," she said.

So it's important to note that breaking down barriers is key.

"There's a great upside as we succeed with TTP," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said. "But there's also a great potential downside if we stay on the sidelines and let Australia, the European Union or others get potential access to the market at our own expense."

Japan, Mexico, Canada and Europe are countries where many products like soybeans, dairy and meat are exported from Iowa.

Froman said there is a chance for Iowa's local businesses to continue to make progress and negotiate international trade with the export market.

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