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“Michigan is well-positioned to attract global customers as a manufacturing leader and innovator. Global trade is a key component of the state’s economy, representing hundreds of thousands for jobs. Ninety-five percent of customers are located outside of the U.S. so the ability to grow and compete globally is crucial.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) offers business assistance in identifying and pursuing global market opportunities.”
The international trade program supports Michigan businesses that want to start or expand export activities with initiatives to:
Regionally based international trade managers work with companies to identify their export development objectives and recommend appropriate export programs and resources. These resources include small business support services, international trade office assistance, and events such as educational opportunities, cultural programs, and international trade shows and missions.
International Trade Program Brochure
MI-STEP is a grant program, funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), providing direct reimbursement to qualified small and medium-sized companies to develop or expand export-related activities. The MI-STEP program is designed to spur job creation by empowering Michigan small and medium-size enterprises to export their products. The program has three primary objectives:
STEP was launched in 2011 by the SBA as part of the president’s National Export Initiative with a goal to double U.S. exports and give America a stronger competitive edge.
MEDC has six international trade offices through a partnership with the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. These centers provide services to companies interested in expanding their sales to Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and the European Union. These services include:
Michigan Canada Center
Toronto ~ Established November 2012
Michigan Mexico Center
Mexico City~ Established October 2013
Michigan China Center
Shanghai~ Established November 2012
Michigan Europe Center
Berlin ~ Established April 2015
Represents Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Turkey, Austria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
London Established April 2015
Represents United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Finland, Denmark, Iceland
Michigan Brazil Center
São Paulo ~ Established November 2012
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