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CBP’s Year of the SME

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In recognition of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme, “IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market,” the Office of Trade announced the Year of the SME programming.

Small businesses represent 99.9 percent of all United States businesses and employ 47.1 percent of the U.S. workforce.[1] Small and mid-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, driving business development, economic vitality, and human progress. Many of our SMEs, including start-ups, entrepreneurs, independent creators, and inventors, have developed an idea and taken it to market – creating a product or service that directly benefits consumers, improving and enriching their lives.

The CBP Office of Trade is not only tasked with facilitating legitimate trade, but also enforcing the law, safeguarding the American economy, ensuring consumer safety, and creating a level playing field for American businesses -- especially our SMEs!

Join us for complimentary webinars and events focused exclusively on our SMEs.

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Last Modified: March 7, 2022