In a moment we’ll see some specific Cotacachi business opportunities. First, let’s look at the value of integrating the pocketbook with the heart.
The US Congressional Budget Office wrote at its website: The approaching retirement of the baby-boom generation has become a public concern–partly because of the budgetary pressures that will develop when baby boomers collect Social Security and Medicare benefits, but also because of claims that boomers are not accumulating enough private savings to finance their retirement.
Three forces are about to collide…the inflationary forces of the economic bailout…The retirement of 60 million baby boomers and longer lifespans. This will force more people into self employment.
Plus a growing number of individuals are looking for ways to do more than just build McMansions, golf or fish anyhow. We want to give back as we earn our own way…regardless of age!
Merri and I work at this…working, earning and giving. One way is through Cotacachi exports. We no longer export things to earn…just information. This fact can help you gain a Cotacachi business opportunity.
Three days ago, for example, I wrote about Ecuador Christmas roses. In the first two days, readers ordered 2,100 roses and raised $840 for Land of the Sun Foundations (LOTS) to help the poor children in Cotacachi. $500 has already been sent to buy Christmas gifts to be delivered to the children at the Cathedral next door to our hotel Meson de as Flores. Here is the Cathedral spire seen from Meson.
LOTS helps children throughout the year at the hotel by providing free English lessons. We also give free lunches to school groups who visit the museum next door. We also support private education and higher education. And the museum next door kindly allows a public library of our thousands of Spanish/English books for children. Many of these kids have never eaten in a restaurant before!
Here is one group of girls.
and of course the guys…acting a bit silly.
Though we do no longer export for personal profit, we have in the past.
Products we have imported over the years include: Turtle clocks from Italy. Papier Mache nursery animals made by orphans in Mexico. Arts, crafts and textiles made by lepers in Haiti. British titles (this business earned Merri a place in the Doonesbury comic strip!)…and was highly profitable. Used Rolly Royces and Bentleys. Here is a Bentley I brought in.
Plus we sold a lot of Amazon herbal food supplements.
The reason we no longer export products for profit is because instead we offer an Import-Export Expedition in Ecuador …to the Crafts Trails. We know that today there are thousands of opportunities and all of you who export provide wonderful earnings and an expanded markets for the indigenous. We share what we have learned in 41 years of international business by taking delegates to visit the markets, famous and obscure; known and unknown.
We share how to find ways to earn through exports as we view hand made, hand crafted one of a kind goods. We also share
We invite you to join us on one our our Cotacachi export expedtions. We’ll meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers and visit them in their workshops, homes and markets.
After 12 years of traveling, digging, exploring and enjoying ourselves all over Ecuador; we developed this course and invite the few of you who want to really get out there to experience the Export Trail. You’ll gain exciting ways to increase your security, independence, freedom, wealth and well-being while helping this very deserving country and its indigenous people.
Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and reduce the tax you pay as you increase asset protection by having an overseas company and overseas income!
Small at home export businesses can set us free.
When in Ecuador, Merri and I greet each dawn with a walk through gentle Cotacachi, a village filled with peace that seems to just get better and better. Here is one of the many lamp lined avenues shining in the morn.
We are all so fortunate that we can enjoy this and make money as well.
There is such satisfaction in having a business that allows us to travel and live in places we choose. Such freedom..such fun not to mention the profit arising each day and finding yet more money rolling in. And of course the ultimate-in creating and exporting it is possible to change an entire family’s life and future by expanding their markets and horizons!
Join other like minded souls this year in Ecuador to learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through international investing and business.
See opportunity everywhere in Ecuador.
In wood products.
In Ecuador’s art.
And all types of exports.
A silver lining comes from Merri’s and my extensive travels throughout Ecuador . We have searched, scoured and scrounged our way across this nation to find special products and goods that you can export in a suitcase and make outstanding profits.
You’ll go to the high Andes. You’ll see products from Zuleta where they create handmade “green” cotton-one-of-a-kind tableware, shirts, specialty items. You’ll travel everyday to see different markets, crafts people and masters who create special products that will make your eyes gleam with delight…both for their uniqueness and salability. We’ll see the best and the least known from the woodworker’s village and experience the time honored weaving and natural dyes from the village of the weavers, Peguche.
In addition, over the years we’ve combined this knowledge and experience with contacts in the form of American and European readers who now live in Ecuador. Working with them we have set up office and business facilities to create an export support service that you can use.
We even purchased a 180 year old hacienda that is a charming hotel to turn into your business center! We donated the hotel to LOTS so all of the hotels profits go to helping the indigenous of Ecuador.
Here’s the hotel court yard with a group of school children enjoying a free lunch. This is where we will conduct the course when we are not visiting markets. Rooms are only $59 a night + tax.
Plus we have an experienced English-Spanish speaking business people who live here and can act as your local backup for the business.
This combination makes it possible for you to have your own Ecuadorian import/export business, which can be run from your home or in your own Ecuadorian hideaway you’ll be able to buy with your extra profits.
Timing for such a business has never been better!
Exporting has already created fortunes for a few sophisticated individuals. Now because of our knowledge, experience and contacts, a special business is available for you. Until recently, operating an overseas business took a great deal of time and effort to start. This is no longer true.
Technology makes it possible to take your business where opportunity is best and allows you to run this business from anywhere in the world. You can run your export business from an office or at home! The internet makes this more possible than ever before and at the course we’ll share ideas on how to develop and use your website to enhance sales.
The internet is the Colt 45 of business, the great equalizer. If you choose to have your own import-export business you too can let the internet help your business grow for wealth and freedom.
The export expedition combines theory, practice and contacts.
Ecuador is an incredible bargain basement business opportunity now.
Many of our readers enjoy Ecuador, have developed export products and some have even moved to Ecuador and started businesses and we have used this fact to create a system that can help you develop your own export business.
You can gain independence, have more income, security and enjoy overseas travel. This course is not pie in the sky theory. The knowledge you gain comes from years of experience and from our extensive research plus out reader’s current global export activity.
The course is designed so your international business will be easy to start and keep going (with the help of the contacts if you choose).
The Export Trail is an extensive five day course.
Yet the course is only $999 – $1,499 for a couple. You will learn directly from the contacts we introduce to you.
You’ll learn why a business in Ecuador is the ultimate lawsuit and tax protection and why global businesses are immune to recessions. You need not suffer during recession, inflation or during market crashes. Fatal economic flaws which ruin others create your profits for you.
From the beginning, the course gives ways to expand your knowledge about having a business in Ecuador plus provides a network (active business people and investors in 82 countries) that can help you find partners, sell products and services and raise money abroad! The goal of the course is to give you more than just knowledge. You are shown specific businesses you can start now and are backed up with follow up support in Ecuador .
The course brings you real, usable knowledge and the after course support so you can put the knowledge you gain into action right away.
The course takes nothing for granted and walks you step-by-step through every aspect of having a business in Ecuador . One lesson for example shows why this is an idea whose time has arrived. Learn the theory of setting up your business, whether to turn your passion into profit (by starting a new business in a field you love) and how to use existing businesses that we have spotted for you to expand.
You will learn how to become involved in an area where your expertise or interest gives you an advantage. Next you will learn about suitcase exporting that avoids shipping and storage. Merri and I have been importing this way for years. We have researched the facts and figures and are using them now.
Our goal is to help you find products that:
#1: Can be sold to easily identified markets.
#2: Can be marked up for sufficient profit while allowing a fair trade for the indigenous.
#3: Can be imported in a suitcase.
The course gives you practical tips on how to achieve these goals in three ways.
You share the practical experience from the shipments that we have actually incurred in our own business. You learn the problems we encountered and how to avoid them. (This alone will save you far more than the course tuition.)
One incredibly valuable lesson is on how to buy at the source… and how sometimes it is better to not buy at the source. You will also learn how to establish your market… how to sell your inventory and to whom. How to know your product, your market, your source, and your competition.
Most important you will learn how to market your products abroad.
Which products? The Import/Export Expedition has already identified carved wood, architectural and decorative woods designs in San Antonio de Ibarra.
Textiles from Otavalo.
Here is one of the vendors in Otavalo photographed by delegates at our last Import-Export course.
Religious Santos and Icons from San Antonio de Ibarra
Jewelry from San Goqui.
Paintings from all over Ecuador.
Here is an example of one type of art that a previous course delegate is having made from recycled paper and a metallic paint. Their Reiki symbol line of art is selling as fast as they can get it produced.
Leathers in Cotacachi.
Here are flowers I imported that were grown in Imbabura.
I regularly import roses from Ecuador at a fraction of the price you normally pay. Here I am with 250 roses we had delivered to our home in North Carolina for our own use. As mentioned earlier three days ago, for example, I wrote about Ecuador Christmas roses.
Last July we offered a rose special and raised over $2,000 to help the Cotacachi poor.
You will visit many of these places and more so you can start your business directly from the course after you have learned the fundamentals, visited these places, seen the goods and learned how and meet contacts who can back you up (or even act as a joint venture partners).
Learn how to enjoy the finest things in life because of international friendships plus how to develop them.
The course helps you choose the business you want. Many professionals look for new beginnings, turning hobbies to profits. For example you’ll learn how to set up tours for golfing, fishing, horse riding and other hobbies can be successful businesses. The contacts alone are worth ten times the cost of the course.
We have developed contacts with top businessmen, bankers, accountants, attorneys, marketing experts, business consultants, agents all over the country that can help you, large or small, full or part time.
There you have it, valuable contacts and knowledge about timely and fulfilling business opportunities that you can cash in on now. Regardless of whether you want your business to make millions, or just add excitement and adventure in your life, to reduce tax or even live abroad, the Import/Export Expedition can help you get involved with something you love and turn after tax costs into tax deductible expenses. Whether you have a successful business, want a part time business for change or as job security, this course can be of enormous value to you.
This is nothing compared to the incredible education you gain and the importance of the knowledge for you and your family’s wealth now.
One delegate who attended our Ecuador export expedition wrote:
“Our business of selling Ecuador products is still going well. We are now appointing Agents across Australia and should have the whole country covered by mid-August. Our initial shops continue to re-order on a regular basis. The best shops seem to re-order every two weeks.
We have also received inquiry to provide buying services for people in a few other countries. So we will be seriously thinking about starting our own brand name to market globally. If successful, it should help many Ecuadorians.”
Another couple who attended this expedition sell the goods they export at flea markets.
They wrote: “Good Evening Gary/Merri. Speaking of a small business, we have opened All American Enterprises, LLC (AAE) which includes selling products from Ecuador at a trade days operation about 200 miles East of Dallas. I don’t know if we are off to a “bang” but we are sure having fun. See attached pictures to include our model Consuelo trying to look indigenous.
Please tell Merri we have made profit on our inventory and the big sellers are alpaca silver jewelry and Octovalo alpaca ponchos. We will visit at the end of September and would like to restock to include blankets/ponchos/throws from Hilana. “
Space makes it impossible to explain everything in the course, but I am convinced if you try it, you will find it improves your entire way of life! There has never been a time when the risk of higher tax, greater unemployment and investment dangers were higher in North America , but neither has the opportunity for small businesses abroad been so outstanding.
Here is one of the silver workers we visit.
Another jewelry workshop does interesting work in silver and ostrich eggs!
Another craftsman does incredible wood carvings covered in gold leaf like this horse.
and incredible gold and bejeweled wooden Faberge egg.
Todd Smith, another attendee, wrote this:
Recently Gary recommended a printer in Cotacachi, Ecuador, for me to use to print my photographic greeting cards. I was quite skeptical about doing business in Ecuador, both for the hassle of sending money, shipping the product, and most importantly the quality of the printing. As a photographer, I am quite picky about printing. But, after three years of good experience with Gary, I decided to take another risk and try the printer. The results were outstanding–better than many press jobs I’ve seen in the US, and the price was terrific.
I’ve learned that Gary likes to push his students to try things they thought were too risky. Gary lives on the cutting edge. But, interestingly enough, I don’t think he is really a risk-taker, because his feet are always firmly planted on the ground. I’ve learned over time that I can trust Gary’s thinking, and that he really does come up with some unusual, and very effective, solutions to problems that I’ve tried to solve on my own.
My suggestion is simply to try out Gary. You may have to risk some money, but my experience has been so positive that feel safe in saying that the risk will be well worth it. Of the $1000 or so that I invested , I have earned many thousands in return, and have created a lifestyle for myself that is far more fulfilling than anything I had previously.
I did the import/export course last year in Cotacachi, though I was in Ecuador mainly for photography. While I was there, I met one of Gary’s contacts in the rose business. We went to his plantation and he was very willing to work with any of Gary’s students to export flowers to the US or Canada. He showed us prices that appeared to me as if they would form the basis of a very profitable floral business. He also explained how the flowers are shipped FedEx directly to you, and they are cut fresh before the shipment. This means that the flowers you resell will last much longer than those that have been sitting in a florist’s shop forever. This could be a significant advantage over the competition, and could generate some very satisfied customers. Sincerely, Todd Smith
Expand your borders now! Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success. Gain a fortune, enjoy life more and help those who are less fortunate.
Here is Bonnie Keogh who attended the export expedition enjoying an open air breakfast at El Meson de las Flores, the center of our expeditions. Bonnie wrote:
My name is Bonnie Keough. In March 2006, I went to Ecuador to attend Gary and Merri’s import/export course. I was hoping to find items to bring back to the States and sell. I love to travel and was looking for business ideas that would enable me to do that.
I had never been to South America (never even considered it) before so it was an adventure. I didn’t know what to expect, but I had been reading Gary’s newsletter for a while and I was impressed with the Scott’s honesty and integrity. They don’t promise overnight success or try to sell you a business opportunity. They share their wealth of experiences, open doors for you and educate you on the possibilities and opportunities available. It’s up to you to implement what you learn.
I found so much more than high quality products in Ecuador, the people I deal with are kind, hard-working folks who truly appreciate my business and I appreciate their honesty and skills. I have returned to Ecuador 6 more times since my first trip and each time I leave I’m anxious to return.
I always personally select all of the items I sell. By doing this, I’ve learned a lot about quality, prices and sources and I enjoy interacting with the people. But it is hard work and not everyone enjoys that aspect of the business. You will have to decide how much you want to participate.
Don’t expect to find mass produced items in Ecuador. If you have an idea for a product, it is a great place to have items custom made. It’s possible to find high quality labor intensive pieces, such as hand knit sweaters or hand woven rugs, at very reasonable prices.
If you have a genuine interest in pursuing an import business, whether in Ecuador or elsewhere, I’m sure you will benefit from the import course. It’s a great introduction to the country and opportunities available there and provides a background on the nuts and bolts of the business. It opened a doorway to a new life for me.
We stress that this is a course combining theory and practicality…but this is a true expedition! You’ll be having fun as you view products, interview, bargain, meet, search and many will even buy. Those who are just looking for a “classroom experience in a hotel” should not attend. Everyone will be out in the field looking and examining and finding. Bonnie
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In March 2009 we also have two others tours.
March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Take a hike with me in the warm Cotacachi winter’s sun.
Stroll the sunny Ecuador beach this winter.
Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Join us for great fresh Ecuador seafood!
Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic
Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
See Ecuador’s incredible scenery.
March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.
Date Course Couples Fee
May 21-26 Ecuador Spanish Course ($999)
May 27-28 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
June 12-15 Shamanic Mingo Tour ($999)
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
June 18-21 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
July 2-7 Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
July 10-13 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Sept. 17-22 Ecuador Spanish Course ($999)
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
Sept. 25-28 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Oct. 21-26 Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
Nov. 6-8 International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
Nov. 11-14 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 27 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009.
The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the
course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito.
Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual
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