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