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WATCH: Tom Zawislak of B&W Tek (Newark, Delaware) shares his experience working with Export Delaware to launch products in South Korea. Instead of hiring an independent consultant to help connect B&W Tek with customers in South Korea, the company worked with Export Delaware. The Export Delaware team helped identify potential customers, and then set up meetings for Tom in South Korea. Through the process, he learned how to represent his product and business appropriately, and even made some good sales!
The STEP Grant Program, administered by Export Delaware, is designed to increase the number of Delaware small businesses that export, increasing sales, and ultimately generating jobs in Delaware.
105 Delaware small businesses have participated in the STEP Program administered by Export Delaware
$375 million in new export sales have been achieved
$2.8 billion in additional export sales are projected in the next two years
83 Delaware jobs have been created, 173 have been retained
The Export Delaware Program is ranked in the top 8 nationally by the SBA for return on investment and results.
“Excellent services provided by [Export Delaware] for qualifying and matching the right contacts in Ireland. The institutions we met in Ireland have the right institutional balance (city government, academia, industry, business, national agencies) and technological competencies (smart technology, innovation, research) for potential long term growth.”
“The trade mission was well planned and executed. We look forward to rapid penetration of the safety/security, pharmaceutical and education markets and customers as a result.”
“The face-to-face meeting with our distributors uncovered some new tactics in the markets being used by our primary competitors. We have been able to adjust our regional strategy as a direct result of the face to face meetings.”
An environmental firm in Newark was awarded a contract in Mexico for $100 Million. This is a direct result of several business trips and assistance from the State of Delaware’s trade rep, Miguel de Regil.
A manufacturing firm achieved $3.6 Million in new export sales as a result of participating in a trade show in France. Their booth and travel fees were covered in part by the STEP Grant, administered by Export Delaware.
A bioscience firm in Newark achieved $100,000 in new sales and added one full time job in Delaware as a result of travel to China in 2017.
In 2018, a laser company in Newark, Delaware achieved new sales in both the UAE ($30,000) and South Korea ($50,000) and added a part time job.
A chemical engineering firm achieved $1,000,000 in new sales after participating in a business trip to Canada, and nearly $500,000 in new sales from a business trip to Mexico with Export Delaware.
A woman-owned business in Wilmington, Delaware added 15 new job positions as a result of new sales activity in South Korea and Mexico from contacts made from business trips with Export Delaware.
In 2015 Jeremy Dayton took his first business trip to Mexico with the State of Delaware. Since that trip, he’s returned to Mexico four times, and Polymer Technologies has developed several sizable customers there. Read how.
Sanjay Kapuria wasn’t sure what to expect when he agreed to join a Delaware trade mission to Mexico earlier this fall. He knew that Mexico held opportunities for Jaykal LED Solutions, his lighting business, but wondered whether the trip would be worth the travel costs.
In 2018, Batta Environmental participated in a State-led business trip to Mexico. As a result, they received a sizable USTDA grant-funded contract award to provide environmental engineering services for CONAGUA.
Before 2018, GS-Tek had only received a few inquiries from Southeast Asia from their website. They joined Export Delaware on a business trip to Singapore and Malaysia in the Spring of 2018, and after that, everything changed.
George Chambers identifies himself as a “solar power ‘peddler’” in a recent interview with Delmarva Now. However, Chambers is much more than that—the 70-year-old businessman is the driving force behind Lewes-based Solar Unlimited, a provider of solar-powered energy systems.
In 2019, Habbart was invited to join the State of Delaware on a business trip to Ireland. Export Delaware’s international trade representative in Ireland, Declan Barry helped to coordinate the trip. Barry and the Export Delaware team took care of all the trip logistics and even set up one-on-one business meetings with vetted, potential customers.
Bill Rawheiser, President of Sun-In-One, has been traveling and exporting to various countries in Africa for over a decade. In this article, we’ll share how Bill got started in Africa, and why Delaware exporters should consider focusing efforts to expand exports there right now.
Delaware’s GS-Tek is achieving international financial success by entering new markets. The Newark-based chromatographic products manufacturer has worked closely with the U.S. Commercial Service’s Philadelphia U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) to identify key international trade shows and trusted business partners.
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