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International Trade Services

  • 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 of 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 "E" Award for Export Service was awarded to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's International Trade Program on May 22, 2017. The "E" and "E Star" Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity.


  • MEDC International Trade Programs

    The international trade program supports Michigan businesses that want to start or expand export activities with initiatives to:

    • Increase awareness of export opportunities and resources
    • Strengthen the knowledge and skills required for success in international markets
    • Introduce Michigan companies to promising export markets
    • Deliver on-the-ground support in key Michigan export markets
    • Arrange financial assistance for qualified export development activities

    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. 

    Regional Map 

    International Trade Program Brochure 

  • State Trade Expansion Program

    MI-STEP is a grant program, funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), providing direct reimbursement to eligible small business concerns to develop or expand export-related activities. The MI-STEP program is designed to spur job creation by empowering Michigan eligible small business concerns to export their products. The program has three primary objectives:

    • Increase the dollar value of Michigan exports
    • Expand the number of Michigan companies that export
    • Introduce current exporters to new foreign markets and buyers

    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. 

    SBA Logo 

  • International Trade Offices

    MEDC has seven Michigan international trade centers 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 export sales to the Arab Gulf, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe and Mexico. These services include:

    • Customized market research
    • Country market and sector information
    • Foreign company background checks
    • Market entry strategy
    • Matchmaking meetings: prequalification of agents, distributors, partners and customers
    • Pricing and competitive analysis
    • Product review and company assessment
    • Regulatory, customs, logistics, certification information
    • Trade show and trade mission assistance
    • Translation services
    • Other export counseling services

    International Trade Centers

    Export Support is also available through the U.S. Commercial Service international office network covering nearly 80 countries. Financial support through the MEDC International Trade program may be available for eligible companies interested in utilizing U.S. Commercial Services such as Gold Key and International Partner Search.

  • Federal Partners

    • U.S. Department of Commerce export assistance centers: export.gov
    • U.S. Small Business Administration: sba.gov
    • Export-Import Bank of the United States: exim.gov
  • State Partners

  • Regional Export Network (REN)

    Regional Map 

  • Small Business Service Providers

    Service Provider Summary 

  • Get Started...

    Complete and submit this intake form to get started.

  • For more information please contact export@michigan.org