Via EDC:

Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses intent on expanding internationally. Most of them have plenty of ambition and quite literally want to conquer the world with their promising products, services, and innovative technology. Many of them understand that selling internationally is an imperative because local markets are, by their very nature, limited. Indeed, research consistently shows that firms that sell internationally tend to be more innovative, draw upon broader and more diverse data sets and grow faster than their competitors.

Full EDC post here: 5 steps to build your international network