ExportDC is a program to connect DC businesses to global opportunities and prepare them to win sales overseas.
Introduction to ExportDC
ExportDC, the District’s first major export development program, supports local businesses interested in expanding globally. More than 95 percent of the world’s population and nearly two-thirds of global purchasing power are located outside the United States. Exporting enables companies to develop a wider customer base, achieve diversification in their business portfolios, and adjust more effectively to downturns in the domestic economy.
Because exporting contributes to economic growth and job creation in the District of Columbia, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has made it a priority to encourage more of our companies to engage in international business. If your DC-based business is committed to expanding its international presence, ExportDC is ready to help. We work closely with businesses that are new to exporting, as well as seasoned exporters seeking assistance with access to new markets.
Here is a sample of the 40+ countries where we’ve helped businesses explore new opportunities:
Professional Export Counseling
The ExportDC program prepares and advises businesses to be export ready. Armed with an effective export strategy and international marketing plan, your business can successfully mitigate export risk and increase its competitiveness overseas. Local businesses eligible for the ExportDC program can benefit from one-to-one export counseling and educational services.
Entering an International Market
ExportDC is helping companies minimize the time and cost of developing business in new international markets. Trade missions and business-to-business (B2B) matching services are a key component of the program, helping local companies further their knowledge of international business cultures and build relationships with pre-screened potential partners and customers.
Trade finance and insurance tools offered by our resource partners at the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Export-Import Bank enhance your competitive position overseas and reduce your export risk. Contact ExportDC for introductions to the finance and insurance options available to support your export activity.
International Market Access Grant Program
For businesses qualified under the International Market Access (IMA) grant program, reimbursable funds are available to support pre-approved international marketing activities, including customized business development trips, trade missions, trade show participation, and international business conferences. Contact ExportDC to inquire about funding availability.
To date, ExportDC has awarded 106 business support grants facilitating more than $11 million in international sales for DC exporters.
Jonathan Brady, ExportDC Manager