Who We Are
Getting to Global works with trade and investment promotion organizations and agencies to bring to market tools and resources companies need to go global more effectively.
Going global isn’t an easy task. Our mission at Getting to Global is to aggregate and consolidate all the data, resources, and expertise small and medium enterprises need to achieve faster growth abroad, in a simplified way. Through our partnerships with trade promotion organizations already in the field to bring these tools and resources to their networks of exporters.
We started not to long ago as an educational platform, offering training, insights and best practices in online global strategy. But as were growing and talking with entrepreneurs from all over the world, we came to realize how our experience and network could be put to better use. And that is how Getting to Global became the umbrella for a set of tools and one platform to help small and medium enterprises go global. Today, we partner with a range of private and public organizations like Google, Alibaba, Ebay, the NCBFAA, and many others. With all these resources in hand, we create the tools needed to go global and grow.
The Getting to Global Platform
Getting to Global is more than just a website. We offer a platform for small and medium enterprise, as well as trade and investment promotion organizations, to promote themselves and their services and find the resources they need. And that’s our Export Connect platform. The one platform to go global.
But we didn’t stop there. Entrepreneurs and companies’ owners of all kinds use our Duties and Taxes Calculator to avoid bad surprises when shipping internationally. Or they find our Market Accelerator and discover what markets await them to expand and start growing.
Our platform and tools are not static. We will keep growing so our clients never have to look somewhere else.
Mr. Joshua Halpern
Chairman, Getting to Global
“While leading the ecommerce, logistics and retail portfolios for the U.S. Embassy in China, I witnessed competition heating up at a ferocious pace overseas. When asked to return to launch the eCommerce Innovation Lab for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Silicon Valley, I was determined to enlist the support of the global leaders in the industry to help our SMEs satisfy the growing global demand for unique, niche products. It is the age of small brands and it is time government and industry join forces to shepherd our SMEs into the global online arena.” Joshua Halpern, Founder and Executive Director, Getting to Global Initiative
From 2011 through 2015, Joshua Halpern led the eCommerce, Retail, Franchise and Logistics portfolios for the U.S. Embassy in China, where he provided market-entry consulting for U.S. companies entering China. He speaks regularly at industry conferences across the U.S., China and EU and has won U.S. State Department and Department of Commerce awards for his innovation in management and public-private ecommerce solutions.
He has led start-up teams for multiple companies throughout the world, including his own companies, IdiomArts Education, S.L. in Spain and Onthego Education, Inc. in the U.S./China and an education investment firm in India.
He is the creator of the Culture Agents, an interactive education program promoting cross-cultural understanding among youth.
Prior to his resignation, Mr. Halpern was a commissioned and tenured Foreign Service Officer. He holds a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MBA from INSEAD and an EMBA from Tsinghua University. He speaks Spanish and Chinese.
Foundation for American Science and Technology
TIts core initiatives include the “Technology for small business project” to bring cutting edge, scaled technology to support the challenges of local small businesses. Its programs are aimed at equipping small business to take advantage of bandwidth, search engine optimization, online marketing, RFID and other technologies to track inventory, web design, digital payment and currency exchange and more.