Going global doesn't have to be as complex as people make it out to be. To get started, I recommend you learn everything there is to know about a market before you do business there. And it's easy to access that kind of information.

1. Explore the U.S. Commercial Service site and select a country you wish to export to.
2. Next, click on Contact Us in the left sidebar.
3. Send an email -- it's already set up for servicing your needs -- asking for assistance.
You are looking for customers, right? Then ask them how to find them! After all, that's what our tax dollars pay for.

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Laurel Delaney (LaurelDelaney.com) is the founder of GlobeTrade.com and the creator of "Borderbuster," an e-newsletter, and The Global Small Business Blog. She can be reached at ldelaney@globetrade.com.