About Us

The “who we are”

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.

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 Family

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.


We are global. And we have the one truly global platform for SMEs that want to expand


Mr. Joshua Halpern

Founder and Executive Director, The Getting to Global Initiative

“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.


The Global Retail Insights Network

The GRIN is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization. The GRIN is driven by one goal: to help global retailers and brands become leaders through collaboration and knowledge. Its member-based organization provides the data and insight needed to help brands benchmark their global performance, and take actionable steps to becoming a leading global player.

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.

CITD networks

TThe CITD networks invest in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce. The California CITDs have offices across the state and provide a full range of trade assistance services with experts and resources to support export trade activities. CITD’s role in this initiative relates to the manufacturing sector support of online exports.