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30 WV businesses honored for exporting to new countries

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Thirty West Virginia companies that grew their business by exporting a good or service to a new country last year were recognized by state officials in a virtual ceremony on Aug. 26. During the event, each business received the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry Award, which is given to companies that made […]

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For cosmetics maker BANDI, the business of beauty is more than skin deep

BANDI is a well-established brand of skin care cosmetics in Europe. Its products sell in more than 3,000 salons and spas internationally. The company was founded in Poland in 1986 by the mother of current CEO Joanna Draniak-Kicińska. In September 2019, BANDI opened its first U.S. sales and distribution center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. To […]

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4 things West Virginia exporters need to know about USMCA

When the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 1994, the world looked a little bit different than it does today. You were considered on the cutting edge if you listened to music on CDs, made calls on a flip phone and owned a car with a GPS navigation system. What was luxury technologies then are commonplace today and is now contained along with so much more tech in your smartphone.  Over the last 26 years, a lot changed […]

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3 ways market research helps your export business succeed

Finding an international market to sell a product or service can sometimes feel like looking for a light switch in the middle of a dark room. If you aren’t sure where to go, you just end up fumbling around looking for a path forward. But what if you had something that could guide you? Let […]

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What is economic development and what it means to you

Economic development is essential to creating and keeping jobs in West Virginia. Although for now, offices may be empty and meetings conducted remotely to comply with public health measures, the state’s vital economic development work goes on. What economic development does for us “Economic development” refers to what we do — our policies, plans and […]

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