The Global Business Development Grant Program helped us accelerate some existing international sales development and opened new opportunities due to lowered barriers to entry. The program lowers our risk in new markets where no business has been undertaken and really opens the door to new markets.
— Michael Lauenstein, Mueller Sports Medicine Inc.
Ambitious Wisconsin companies see a world of opportunity for their products. However, navigating the global marketplace requires specialized knowledge and a sound strategy based upon proven best practices.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) stands ready to help you gain the insights you need to tap new international markets. Our Export Education Grants and International Market Access Grants help companies lay the foundation for a new export strategy or build upon existing export programs. The program is easy to implement with simple application and reimbursement processes so that you can focus your attention where it needs to be—on execution.
This program is designed to help companies develop the internal competence to enter and expand into global markets. Eligible activities are WEDC-approved export seminars, certification programs, conferences, and classes. The grant covers up to $3,000 in assistance per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
This program provides assistance to access and/or develop new international markets. Wisconsin companies that have made some successful export sales can be reimbursed for specific expenses associated with executing their new and/or expanded international market access strategy. Under this component, a Wisconsin company can receive up to $10,000 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Global Business Development Programs, click here.
For a list of organizations that provide export training and education, click here.
Click here to download the IMAG evaluation form (only for CURRENT IMAG program participants).
Click here to download the EEG evaluation form (only for CURRENT EEG program participants).
Click here to download the reimbursement request form for IMAG and EEG (only for CURRENT IMAG or EEG program participants).