Global Engagement

 

International Investment in WV

 

International
Investment in WV

West Virginia is home to more than 130 businesses representing 27 countries from around the world. For international businesses looking for an easily accessible base of operations in the United States, West Virginia is the perfect location. To support your search in West Virginia, we have offices in Europe, West Virginia and Japan. We go the extra mile to better serve international business. Get started today.
 

Exporting Assistance

 

Exporting
Assistance

 If you are an established or startup business in West Virginia with plans to export your products, contact our International Division. The experienced International Trade Representatives on our team can help review your products, guide your research and outreach planning to maximize your investments of time and resources. Let us assist you today.
 

Trade Shows and Trade Missions

 

First STEP-
Next STEP

Any small business in West Virginia, regardless of their level of export development experience, is invited to learn more about the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Export Assistance Program 2015-2016. A variety of activities and resources are available to help small businesses successfully market their products according to their own export expansion objectives. Learn more today.
 

30,000 West Virginians are
employed by international companies
doing business in the state

Trade Missions & Shows

Trade missions and international trade shows create opportunities for large and small businesses by creating relationships and common ground for discussion. Many international companies with West Virginia facilities can point to international trade shows and trade mission contacts as a reason they are doing business today in the mountain state.

 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Commerce Secretary J. Keith Burdette visit with Toyota officials at the company's booth at JSAE, Japan's largest automotive show, in 2015.

 

Trade Missions

  • Focus on established and emerging markets
  • Open to all industries
  • 4-6 business appointments per day
  • Interpreters provided (if necessary)
  • Transportation to and from appointments
  • Market briefing with U.S. Commercial Service
  • VIP Networking Reception

Trade Shows

  • Industry specific
  • Custom designed graphic panel in booth
  • Interpreter(s) onsite
  • Translated one-page brochure
  • Shared, private meeting space in booth
  • Transportation to and from hotel, airport
  • VIP networking reception

 

Upcoming Trade Missions & Shows

February 20-24, 2017
India Trade Mission
Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata

March 26-31, 2017
Central America Trade Mission
Costa Rica | El Salvador | Honduras | Guatemala | Belize | Nicaragua | Panama

June 7-14, 2017
China Trade Mission
Beijing & Shanghai

Japan & South Korea Trade Mission
Dates & Cities TBD

October 16-24 2017
Trade Winds 2017 Southeastern Europe
Romania | Greece | Bulgaria | Croatia | Serbia

December 2017
Israel Trade Mission
Cities TBA

 

 

 

First STEP-Next STEP International
Trade Exhibition Reimbursements

International Trade Exhibition Reimbursements are available to exporters seeking to tap new global markets through international trade show exhibitions of choice. Qualifying expenses for reimbursement include booth space rental, booth design and construction, booth services at the show and trade show registration fees. Although travel expenses and freight costs to ship booth and materials are not qualifying expenses, they may be reported as cash match. Domestic trade shows are not eligible. Qualifying small businesses are eligible to apply for only one international trade show exhibition reimbursement during the WV First STEP-Next STEP funding period.

Learn more at http://www.worldtradewv.org/step

 

 

 

Exporting Assistance

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Commerce Secretary J. Keith Burdette visit with Toyota officials at the company's booth at JSAE, Japan's largest automotive show, in 2015.


 

Who would have thought thread manufactured in West Virginia decorates the lapels of the Queen's Guard in Great Britain or that fine china made in the northern panhandle graces the tables of homes, restaurants and hotels around the world? Log homes built in the mountain state have made their way to Australia's outback. Travelers in Dubai's airport terminal are sheltered by stretched steel formed and rolled by mountaineers. Commercial and private planes come to our state from around the country for precision maintenance. Hundreds of millions of car parts contain polymers developed and manufactured in West Virginia.


In 2015, West Virginia Business exported goods and services to more than 141 countries. 


The Export Promotion Program of the West Virginia Development Office is committed to assisting small- and mid-sized West Virginia companies as they navigate the global marketplace. The international team offers the following services:

• Provides export counseling
• Organizes participation in trade shows and missions
• Connects exporters with freight forwarders, backers, translators, and other service providers
 
If you are an established or startup business in West Virginia with plans to export your products, contact our International Division. The experienced International Trade Representatives on our team can help review your products, guide your research and outreach planning to maximize your investments of time and resources.


Exporting Assistance Services

Trade Shows & Missions

Trade shows and missions allow you to explore a new market and display your product to an international audience without the high cost of exhibiting. Whether your company is looking to find an agent, distributor, end user or other contacts in a new market, trade shows and missions are a customizable service that allow you to set your priorities and maximize your efforts.

 
Trade Shows
  • Industry specific
  • Custom designed graphic panel in booth
  • Interpreter(s) onsite
  • Translated one-page brochure
  • Shared, private meeting space in booth
  • Transportation to and from hotel, airport
  • VIP networking reception
Trade Missions
  • Focus on established and emerging markets
  • Open to all industries
  • 4-6 business appointments per day
  • Interpreters provided (if necessary)
  • Transportation to and from appointments
  • Market briefing with U.S. Commercial Service
  • VIP Networking Reception

 

Upcoming Trade Missions & Shows

February 20-24, 2017
India Trade Mission
Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata

March 26-31, 2017
Central America Trade Mission
Costa Rica | El Salvador | Honduras | Guatemala | Belize | Nicaragua | Panama

July 17-19, 2017
Mexico Trade Mission
Guadalajara

September 7-13, 2017
South Korea & Japan Trade Mission

Seoul, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka

October 16-24, 2017
Trade Winds 2017 Southeastern Europe
Romania | Greece | Bulgaria | Croatia | Serbia

December 4-7, 2017
Israel Trade Mission
Tel Aviv & Jerusalem

 

 


Foreign Buyer Delegations

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet directly with buyers at your West Virginia location. Potential for plant tours and on-site product demonstrations.

• Our staff recruits qualified agents, distributors and end users to visit West Virginia
• All arrangements for the delegation are made by West Virginia Department of Commerce's international team
• No travel outside of West Virginia necessary


Market Research

The West Virginia Development Office offers customized market research upon request. We compile market research reports from multiple sources to give your company a complete assessment of your potential in a particular market. Free to all West Virginia companies.


Export Assistance Program

West Virginia was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to receive $200,000 from the agency's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program to support a new export assistance program under the International Division of the West Virginia Development Office - West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP.

Any small business in West Virginia, regardless of their level of export development experience, is invited to learn more about the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Export Assistance Program 2015-2016. A variety of activities and resources are available to help small businesses successfully market their products according to their own export expansion objectives. The West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP program is available from October 1, 2015, through September 29, 2016.

Find out more.

 

 

Global Engagement

 

International Investment in WV

 

International
Investment in WV

West Virginia is home to more than 130 businesses representing 27 countries from around the world. Global leaders feel at home in West Virginia's friendly communities where they can easily distribute products to their customers throughout the United States via major interstates, river ports and railroads.

Exporting Assistance

 

Exporting
Assistance

In 2015, West Virginia businesses exported goods and services to more than 95 countries. The experienced International Trade Representatives on our team can help review your products, guide your research and outreach planning to maximize your investments of time and resources.

West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP

 

West Virginia
First STEP-Next STEP

Any small business in West Virginia, regardless of their level of export development experience, is invited to learn more about the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Export Assistance Program 2015-2016. A variety of activities and resources are available to help small businesses successfully market their products according to their own export expansion objectives. Learn more today.

30,000 West Virginians are
employed by international companies
doing business in the state

International Investment in West Virginia

 

West Virginia is home to more than 130 businesses representing 27 countries from around the world. Global leaders feel at home in West Virginia's friendly communities where they can easily distribute products to their customers throughout the United States via major interstates, river ports and railroads.

    
 




For international businesses looking for an easily accessible base of operations in the United States, West Virginia is the perfect location. To support your search in West Virginia, we have offices in Europe, West Virginia and Japan. Our multi-lingual representatives make it easy to research, visit and locate your perfect site. We travel to trade shows and events throughout the world to better serve international businesses and start the conversation.


 
 

International Development Division

The International Development Division facilitates international trade and helps to build business relationships through the West Virginia Export Initiative. The Division also:


• Maintains trade offices in Asia (Japan) and Europe (Switzerland) that offer assistance in export development and investment
• Facilitates international trade development to sell West Virginia products and services
• Provides consulting
• Assesses a product’s viability in potential markets
• Locates prospective international business partners
• Sponsors annual trade missions and events in countries such as China, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Our development team also stands ready to assist current West Virginia businesses looking to expand operations through exports and establish global connects.

 
No matter your need, we are here to help. Get started today.
 
Connect with our International Development Division.    or    Learn more about our exporting assistance.

 

 

 

Our International Locations

Japan

West Virginia's Nagoya Office celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. Nagoya is a manufacturing and shipping hub about three hours from Tokyo, and West Virginia's continued presence and relationship-building there has been largely responsible for the automotive manufacturing companies that have located in West Virginia.

Since 1986, the recruitment of Japanese investment has been a key part of West Virginia’s economic development strategy. The partnership between Japan and West Virginia has been successful, and Governor Jim Justice looks to continue this business relationship. Today, 21 Japanese companies operate in West Virginia and employ more than 3,300 people.

 

 


West Virginia Japan Office
Nissei Murase Building, 7F
3-25, 11 Chome, Nishiki
Naka-ku, Nagoya
Japan 460-0003
Tel: 81-52-953-9798
Fax: 81-52-953-9795
www.westvirginia.or.jp

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Europe

West Virginia is home to many companies from around the world. Our office in Zurich, Switzerland, provides a central point of contact for global companies. The International office in Europe provides companies with personal assistance and strategic information to open or expand a West Virginia location.

Members of our team speak German, Italian, French and Spanish. We are ready to listen to your company's needs and help find solutions. We are present at many trade shows and expos throughout Europe and are glad to share more information.




West Virginia Europe Office
Zurich World Trade Center
Leutschenbachstrasse 95
8050 Zurich
Switzerland
Tel: 41-44-308 3902
Fax: 41-44-308-3500

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Contact for Media:

Chelsea A. Ruby
Director of Marketing and Communications
West Virginia Department of Commerce
304-957-9364