The International Trade Team provides Georgia companies with know-how, key in-country contacts, and international opportunities. They leverage the state’s 12 international offices located in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany (EU), Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the U.K & Ireland, to provide export promotion through various services including:
Global Insight – services designed to provide knowledge to companies including the "how-to’s" of exporting and industry-specific and country specific data. Programs include research, education, consultations, in-country market assessment and partner resources.
Global Connections – services designed to match Georgia suppliers with international buyers/representatives. Programs include trade shows/missions/incoming buying delegations, in-country matching, and a “Trade Opportunities Alert” notification.
GEORGIA'S G.R.O.W. STEP BY STEP PROGRAM
The Georgia Reaching Out Worldwide (G.R.O.W.) Step by Step program is funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program. G.R.O.W. provides new export services and reduced fees for existing export services and is designed to increase Georgia’s small business exports. Qualified companies are able to participate in other trade promotion activities and for added benefits such as discounted booth space at international trade shows, free Gold Keys and International Partner Search services, listing in the Georgia export directory, appointments with incoming buyer delegations and many other export promotion programs and services.
Online Georgia Export Directory
Georgia exporters and export service providers can register to be listed in the online Georgia Export Directory – www.georgiaexportdirectory.com. Company listings will feature contact and product information, free of charge. For a fee, companies may upgrade to a more in-depth listing. Open to all exporters and export service providers in Georgia. For more information email Taube Ponce, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now being accepted from experienced Georgia-based Export Trading (ETC) and Export Management (EMC) companies for LINK, a new initiative for small businesses wishing to engage in exporting. Information from companies experienced in providing ETC/EMC services is compiled into an electronic directory called LINK which links small companies with experienced companies that can handle export sales on their behalf. Click here to view the current directory. Small businesses are encouraged to contact the ETCs and EMCs directly to determine mutually beneficial business opportunities. For more information on LINK, email Ryan Thornton, email@example.com.
Trade Opportunities Alert
GDEcD distributes a bi-monthly email publication listing specific opportunities to sell products/services in key markets abroad. These leads are developed by GDEcD and/or GDEcD’s International Representatives. The Trade Opportunities Alert includes specific information on international companies seeking to purchase, distribute or represent Georgia companies and products. These leads are generated specifically for Georgia businesses and all responding inquires will be screened accordingly. For more information regarding TOAs, contact Danielle Pascual, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Country Connections highlight Georgia’s unique relationships with select countries around the world through government and commerce, trade, capital investment, and transportation. Country Connections are updated on an annual basis. For more information, contact Danielle Pascual, email@example.com.
China Export Initiative
GDEcD will translate a one-page company profile into Mandarin and present such Georgia company profiles to key facilitators in China. Leads resulting from these introductions will be sent to participating companies for follow-up. GDEcD’s contractor in China will help screen all leads generated from this service and assist companies with their follow-up. This activity may be especially cost-effective as a federal grant from S.B.A. will lower the participation fee for qualified Georgia small businesses. To participate or for more information, email Danielle Pascual, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Customized Export Assistance
Georgia’s International Representatives located in: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany (representing the European Union), Israel, Mexico, and the United Kingdom provide export assistance to qualified Georgia firms. The state’s foreign direct investment offices in Korea and Japan can provide a limited amount of export assistance as well. For more information, email Mary Waters, email@example.com.
Gold Key/International Partner Search Services
A grant received by the U.S. Small Business Administration allows qualified small businesses to receive Gold Key/ International Partner Searches or similar services, provided by the U.S. Commercial Service will be covered. These services help companies identify the appropriate agent, rep, distributor, buyer or key contacts that will help them increase sales to strategic markets. This activity may be especially cost-effective as a federal grant from S.B.A. will lower the participation fee for qualified Georgia small businesses. To receive these services or for more information, email Taube Ponce, firstname.lastname@example.org.