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 grants up to $3,000 is designed to help small to medium sized companies develop an export strategy by providing appropriate training and education to those employees directly involved with implementing the companies’ export strategy. This grant covers activities like export seminars, international educational events, and developing a company export strategy.
This grant reimburses up to $10,000 to assist Wisconsin companies that have made some successful export sales, for expenses associated with executing their new and/or expanded international market access strategy. This grant covers activities like international trade exhibitions, international trade missions, business matchmaker services, etc.
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.