Federal Don’t let the name fool you, the Northern Virginia U.S. Export Assistance Center serves the entire Washington region as part of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. The center has four trade specialists on staff to provide counseling and market intelligence to navigate foreign countries. One of the niftiest features on the organization’s Web site is an extensive database of resources for training, compliance and financing.
D.C. Export D.C., a new branch of the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development, just opened this month, but already has trade missions lined up. Business owners in the District can apply to participate in upcoming trips to Singapore, South Africa and Brazil, and receive $3,500 to offset travel costs.
Maryland Through the ExportMD program, mom-and-pop shops can receive up to $10,000 in reimbursement for expenses related to marketing their companies abroad, including airfare and trade show fees. Applications for the grant are accepted by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development on a bimonthly basis.
Virginia Each year, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership selects 25 local companies for the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade program. Participants in the two-year program receive expert support and $15,000 toward export-related expenses. According to the partnership, companies experience on average an 88 percent increase in international sales.