International Business Development
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) international Business Development Program provide assistance to help businesses understand trade rules and regulations, access grants, provides information on trade activities and events, trade financing, and private professional guidance via the many resources available to the Program.
PA Trade Guide
The Pennsylvania International Trade Guide will help you assess your export readiness, provide you with the tools you need to develop, and implement your export strategy.
NEPA’s International Business Development Program manages Grants for the Commonwealth and others agencies to help a business with financing their international activities. The current Grants available are the Market Access Grant (MAG) and the Global Access Program (GAP) funding. For additional information on the available grants, contact the International Business Development Program.
The Program offers a Trade Hotline to obtain assistance for businesses needing specific, crucial and critical trade information. The Hotline provides answers to these business questions from private, attorney, banking, logistic company professionals. Contact the Program manager for information on how to access the Hotline.
The Pennsylvania Envoy Program is offered to businesses needing direct market assistance to develop a market. Several of Pennsylvania trade offices offer the Envoy Program to businesses on a cost for services basis. The trade office will assign a dedicated staff person to work on a business project under direct supervision of the business. For additional information on the Envoy Program and for a list of the offices contact NEPA’s International Program.
International trade financing is available from several government and commercial lending sources. To discuss your specific financing needs contact the international business Development for guidance and referral.
Businesses involved in international trade need information to understand international trade basics, foreign markets and industry sectors and the US and foreign country rules and regulations. These elements continue to change and some are updated daily. Training-Seminars-Webinars are offered to help trade become easier and to protect and help a business involved in international trade.
Trade Shows & Missions
The most important factor a business faces in developing a market and long term international business relationships is getting to market to meet face to face with a foreign business executive wanting to buy or sell your products. To help a business with this task the Commonwealth and others organize international Trade Shows and Missions for businesses to exhibit at and participate in. At these activities is where the deals and contact are made.
Debbie Langan – Senior International Business Manager