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Our International Trade Specialists can only assist businesses located in Washington State.  If you are located in another state we encourage you to contact you local SBDC office to get assistance.  To find an SBDC near you click on this link America's SBDC and put in your zip code or state into the box located in the Get Started box.

Export Readiness Centers

Spokane Export Center

1235 N. Post - Suite 201
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99201

Vern Jenkins,  Certified Global Business Professional
International Trade Specialist


Vern W. Jenkins (International Trade Specialist-Spokane Export Center) Received Masters of International Management (MIM) at Whitworth College in 1995 Over 15 years of international business experience in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, and Afghanistan. Seven Years as Founder and CEO of Scentia International Inc. A private corporation that provided onsite bilingual Project Management training and Quality Control consulting services to foreign nationals employed by American companies operating in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and India. Some of the more notable clients included Reebok, Nike, Phillips Petroleum, Gatehill International, Sealand Group, Proctor & Gamble, Duracell China, ITS Seasonings Ltd. Nokia China, VTech Ltd Dongguan, AOC Manufacturing Ltd and China North Offshore Oil Corp. Six years as CEO of Horizon International Consulting Ltd registered in Hong Kong providing onsite assessment and supplier qualification of potential Asia based joint venture partners, sourcing agents, and key-component manufacturers for U.S. and European Corporations entering or expanding business operations in the China Market. Clients included: ISO-Thermal Research Inc., PEWAG USA, Red Ball Auto Parts, Excell International, Buck Knives Inc., Peet Shoe Dryers, Kaz International, Agilent, and Telect Inc. Two years work experience as a Program Manager for a USAID Project to rebuild the higher education system in Afghanistan. Also served as a lead consultant to successfully re-establish the Institute of Diplomacy for the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Seattle Export Center

13925 Interurban Avenue South - Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98168

Sharon Sappington, Certified Global Business Professional
International Trade Specialist


Sharon joined WSBDC Export Readiness Center as an INTERNATIONAL TRADE SPECIALIST in February 2013 where she works exclusively with companies on matters of exporting to foreign markets.

She comes to the organization with over 15 years international business experience while living both in the U.S. and abroad, with business activities in The Americas, Asia, Middle East, and Europe. She has worked with a diverse cross section of company types and sizes, from start-up to mature, small to large, both public and private in the functional areas of operations, marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing, and procurement.

Her multi-functional experience has crossed numerous industries such as food & beverage, wood products, measurement instrumentation, furniture, energy and wine. She has extensive experience in export development, both hands-on and working with organizations in a consulting and advising capacity, including work with the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), helping small companies overseas to begin or expand exports.

Sharon is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) accredited by NASBITE International.

Terry L. Chambers,
 Certified Global Business Professional
International Trade Program Director

Terry is responsible for management of the statewide export program. In his role as part of the Network executive team he is also the Network Training Director and is involved in training and the professional development of all Certified Business Advisors (CBAs) and Trade Specialists in the network. He joined the SBDC as a Certified Business Advisor and Center Manager in 2005.

Terry has owned an import/export business for several years and has worked extensively in technology commercialization in high-tech product and program management taking several products to market.  He has also managed a sales support division, an international service department and other operations departments in medium to large companies. He has also been a venture capitalist in a small boutique firm and owned a small manufacturing business. He has taught at the university level and instructed workshops for over 20 years.

Terry holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Boise State University. He is also a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, and certified to facilitate CGBP, Franklin Covey, NxLevel, and Profit Mastery seminars.

Terry L. Chambers
International Trade Program Director
Certified Global Business Professional
Certified Business Advisor
1235 N. Post - Suite 201
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495