Export Delaware in an initiative of the Delaware Department of State. We are the official export resource for Delaware’s small businesses. If you are a new exporter, or want to explore new markets, we can help you get started.
Export Delaware assists Delaware companies that seek to export their products and services. Our experienced staff provides on-site guidance to businesses that are looking to explore export opportunities or to expand their current export activities to new markets.
Some of the most successful exporters are innovative small- and medium-sized businesses (which account for 98 percent of U.S. exporters). Businesses that export have faster-growing sales, create more jobs and are less likely to go out of business than non-exporting establishments.
In 2014, Export Delaware was charged with expanding the State’s export program to offer more services and reach more businesses throughout the state. Export Advisor, Beth Pomper developed the first ever strategic export plan for the State to determine where Delaware companies will have the most success overseas. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve accomplished since then:
Export Delaware hired international trade representatives in target markets to represent Delaware’s small business in-country. The countries included Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, and South Korea. The longstanding partnership with Delaware’s trade office in Israel (representing the Middle East) was extended as well.
Activities were planned to help Delaware businesses penetrate the target markets, including international business trips, meetings with foreign trade representatives, seminars and education opportunities for Delaware companies, and many more local events.
In 2017, Export Delaware expanded the strategic export program to include Ireland, Colombia, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, and additional trade representatives were engaged to support the program.
Export Delaware has received three State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant awards from the Small Business Administration. Nearly $800,000 of grant funds have been distributed to to assist Delaware companies enter and develop markets over the last three years.
To date, Export Delaware has supported more than 68 Delaware companies participate in international business trips around the world. As a result of the activity, the participants estimate $38 million in export sales.
In 2018, the Strategic Export plan was expanded to include the UK and Indonesia.
The ongoing Strategic Export Plan is evaluated on an annual basis. Activities are planned at the time Export Delaware applies for the federal STEP Grant for the upcoming Federal fiscal year (October–September).
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Our experienced staff provides on-site guidance to businesses that are looking to explore export opportunities or to expand their current export activities to new markets.
To date, we’ve organized 15 international business trips, and awarded nearly $800,000 of STEP grant funds to support Delaware’s small businesses achieve new export sales. Read the personal testimonies from businesses we’ve worked with and learn how we can help your organization.
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