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Going International as a Business?

New resources exist for businesses looking to go international with their business. Folks over at the Department of Economic Development have the skinny:

(LINCOLN, NEB.) — The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has received a State Trade and Export Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses expand into and increase activity in international markets. As a result, DED is offering several new marketing opportunities, including:

– The International Market Access Grant (IMAG) program, which will reimburse Nebraska companies’ expenses related to attending U.S. or international export-focused trade shows.

– Gold Key Matching Service Program, International Partner Search Program, -International Company Profile Program and Commercial News USA (all offered in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce).

Gold Key is designed to match business owners with one-on-one appointments with pre-screened agents, buyers, distributors, sales representatives, association and government contacts, and other key players.

International Partner Search Program helps generate a report of up to five qualified overseas agents, distributors, manufacturers, representatives, franchises, or strategic partners with which companies might conduct business.

International Company Profile Program enlists the U.S. Commercial Service to generate a customized International Company Profile on potential business partners.

Commercial News USA is the official US Department of Commerce catalog-style magazine designed to help American companies promote products and services to buyers in more than 178 countries.

To apply for the IMAG program, or learn more information, contact Michael Kuzma at 402-309-4286, or email mike.kuzma@nebraska.gov; or Susan Rouch at 402-471-4668, or email susan.rouch@nebraska.gov.

The following website contains detailed application information about the four programs: http://neded.org/business/international-trade-and-investment

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