Michigan is well-positioned to attract global customers and recognizes global trade as a key component of the state’s economy. MEDC offers business assistance in identifying and pursuing global market opportunities that can help you compete globally and grow your business.
International Trade Program Service Providers: Federal Partners
Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. When private sector lenders are unable or unwilling to provide financing, EXIM fills in the gap for American businesses by equipping them with the financing tools necessary to compete for global sales.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
U.S. Department of Commerce export centers
Developed by international trade experts and economists, Export.gov provides trusted market intelligence, practical advice and business tools to help U.S. companies expand in global markets.
International Trade Program Service Providers: State Partners
East Michigan District Export Council
The East Michigan District Export Council (EMDEC) is a volunteer organization that encourages and supports exports of goods and services that strengthen individual companies, stimulate U.S. economic growth and create jobs.
MI Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
MDARD is comprised of six divisions that use a customer-driven, solution-oriented approach to cultivate and expand new economic opportunities for the food and agricultural sector.
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Since 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center has assisted Michigan's small and medium-sized businesses to compete and grow. The center offers personalized consulting services that enable Michigan manufacturers to operate smarter, compete and prosper.
West Michigan District Export Council
Working in conjunction with the U.S. Commercial Service, West Michigan District Export Council provides practical, hands-on consulting, educational and resource services to assist small and medium-sized businesses to grow their businesses internationally, principally through exporting their goods and services.
Regional Export Network (REN)
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan's Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus.
MSU International Business Center
The mission of the International Business Center (IBC) in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University is to provide superior education, research, and assistance to businesses, public policy makers, academics and students on international business and trade.
Networks Northwest delivers programs and services for the 10 counties of Northwest Michigan. Primary service categories are: workforce development, business & economic development and community development.
Van Andel Global Trade Center
Van Andel Global Trade Center helps Michigan businesses succeed globally. Whether you are opening in a new market, figuring out customs compliance and international regulations or looking for overseas suppliers, VAGTC can help.
Small Business Service Providers
Foster Swift attorneys have assisted foreign and U.S. clients with joint ventures, acquisitions, export control and import issues, manufacturing agreements, sales and supply agreements, distributor relationships and more.
IBT's Online Global programs (website localization, international online marketing and website management) give your targeted international audiences the local user experience that grows your exports, sales, brand and business globally.
Michigan Small Business Development Center
The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers expert assistance at no cost to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business. SBDC enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing consulting, training, market research and more.