Exporting Assistance

The Export Promotion Program

West Virginia boasts a diverse portfolio of materials used in unique applications throughout the world. Thread manufactured in West Virginia decorates the lapels of the Queen’s Guard in Great Britain. Fine china made in the northern panhandle graces the tables of homes, restaurants and hotels around the world. 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.

These successfully exported products are due in large part to the Export Promotion Program, which helps companies navigate the global marketplace, providing support, counseling and connections.

The services offered through the Export Promotion Program provide the strong framework needed for companies to grow and expand internationally.

Trade Shows & Missions

About the Benefits

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

  • Focused 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

 

Ready to get started?

Get help from one of our International Trade Representatives.

 

Export Assistance Program

About the Program

This export assistance program, called West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP, provides funding to West Virginia small businesses looking to enter (first step) or expand (next step) in the global marketplace. Exporting benefits include faster sales growth, job creation, continuous innovation and risk mitigation against economic downturns.

Dates Available

October 1, 2018 through September 29, 2020

Programs Available

 First STEP-Next STEP offers four different programs under this grant – Export Promotion Program, the International Trade Exhibition Program (currently closed), West Virginia Trade Show Pavilions, and the Market Finder Reimbursement.

 For additional information, please contact Enybe Diaz, (304) 957-2018, Enybe.Diaz@wv.gov

 

Want to learn more?

Find detailed information about each of the programs offered through First STEP-Next STEP.

 

Other Export Assistance Services

About

The West Virginia Development Office guarantees that you have the data you need and the opportunities you desire for optimal success. Along with our trade shows/missions and our Export Assistance Program, we offer continued support through Market Research and Foreign Buyer Delegations.

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.

Foreign Buyer Delegations

Our Export Assistance Team will create opportunities for potential buyers to visit your West Virginia location for plant tours and on-site product demonstrations.

  • Our team recruits qualified agents, distributors and end users to visit West Virginia
  • Your involvement is minimal – Our team makes all arrangements
  • No travel outside of West Virginia necessary for you

 

 

Ready to get started?

Get help from one of our International Trade Representatives to learn more about Foreign Buyer Delegations or Market Research.

 

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