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TTIP: Big Opportunities for Small Business

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in both the United States and European Union stand to gain significantly from the implementation of an ambitious Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership.

Using data from a targeted survey and interviews conducted with SME executives on both sides of the Atlantic, the report “TTIP: Big Opportunities for Small Business” cites three core challenges for SMEs as they begin exporting: a lack of clarity on how to get started, problems finding the right clients, and a confusing mix of regulatory differences and contradictory registration requirements between the United States and the European Union.

This study, authored by Global Business and Economics Program Associate Director Garrett Workman, is intended to ensure that the agreement adequately responds to the concerns of real world problems faced by small businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. With that in mind, our new report uses a case study approach, examining the export experiences of American and European businesses from a range of industries to identify concrete challenges that SMEs must overcome when trying to trade across the Atlantic. By identifying the most significant challenges, we can outline specific policy recommendations to ensure TTIP helps to remove the roadblocks.

Read the full report here.

The launch of the report is on November 14, in Washington DC at the Atlantic Council headquarters, featuring Congressman and Co-chair, Congressional TTIP Caucus Erik Paulsen as a keynote speaker.

To RSVP and for more information, please click here or join us via webcast.

EACCNY is a supporting partner of the Atlantic Council on this project.