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Export Delaware has partnered with IBT Online to help Delaware small businesses optimize their websites for specific international markets.

We live in an online world. More and more business transactions are taking place online than ever before. Many internet users rely on Google or other leading search engines to help them find what they are looking for online.

Our partner, IBT Online agrees, “Your prospects, target clients, suppliers, future employees, competitors…are all online. So make sure your website and online presence are the best they can be to showcase your brand and your business.”

Is your website able to be found, understood, and easy to do business with by your international prospects? If it’s not localized and optimized for specific international markets, the answer is “no!”

Consider working with IBT Online to get your website in shape. You may be eligible for $10,000 of STEP Grant funds to help cover the costs. Apply for the Online Global Program by filling out a STEP Grant Application, and checking the box for “website localization.”

 

 

 

How It Works

Delaware Small Businesses who need digital help expanding into new international markets are encouraged to partner with IBT Online to develop customized, localized websites.

  1. Apply: Apply by completing a STEP Grant Application and designate that you are applying for funds related to “website localization”. List the target markets (i.e. UK, India, Mexico…) on your application, and the amount of funds you are requesitng. Note the maximum grant award amount you may be eligible for is $10,000. Apply here.
  2. Award: If your business meets the SBA STEP Grant requirements, and there are funds available, you will be awarded a STEP Grant to move forward on the project.
  3. Partnership: Export Delaware will connect you with our partners at IBT Online to begin project development.
  4. Project Execution and Payment: Your team will work with IBT Online directly to create and launch the new localized websites. You will pay IBT Online for their services directly.
  5. Reimbursement: Once the project is complete, you can submit your reimbursement request to Export Delaware per the STEP Grant guidelines. You will be reimbursed 50% of the costs associated with launching the new website, up to the amount you were awarded. For example, if the project costs $10,000, and you were awarded $7,000 in STEP grant funds, you may submit a reimbursement request for $5,000 (50% of the cost).
    Report Sales: Once the website is live, you’ll begin to see web traffic and gain new leads and sales! You will be required to report on any new sales achieved up to 18 months of your STEP grant award.

 

 

About IBT Online

Since 2002, IBT Online, proud recipient of the President’s “E” Award for Export Service, specializes in providing online business development tools to U.S. exporters to help them grow exports, sales, brand, and business globally.

Over the years, we have evolved our Online Global programs which have a proven track record delivering measurable exports, sales, brand, and business growth for our corporate clients, through best-practice, website localization, international online marketing, and ecommerce to help your international prospects, customers and partners find you, understand your company, and do business with you by giving them an online Local User eXperience (LUX) in their language(s) and market(s).

Check out their website here.

 

Who Should Apply

The Online Global Program is great for you, if:

Note, to be eligible for the Delaware Online Global Program and receive a STEP Grant award your business must: (1.) Have a physical operation and employees in Delaware; (2.) Qualify as a small business, per the SBA standards; and, (3.) Be deemed export-ready by Export Delaware. If you do not meet these requirements, you are welcome to reach out to IBT Online and work with them directly.

 

Success Stories

Supercritical Fluid Technologies decided to launch two new optimized websites in Italy and Latin America so that more potential clients can find them. This proved to be a savvy export strategy in 2020 when international business travel was not safe, and many international trade shows were canceled due to COVID-19.

“We’ve already seen an uptick in website traffic in these nations. Undoubtedly this will lead to new clients and export business in the future.” – Ken Krewson

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