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International Trade Development

 

Global Access Program (GAP) Now Available!

 

Are you a small business owner looking to travel abroad to grow your business, such as for a trade show or business meetings? The PA Office of International Business Development (OIBD) has again been awarded funding to help small businesses defray the cost of international business expenses. For FY 17-18, the potential reimbursement for companies is 75% of eligible expenses, up to $5,000, for eligible companies. For more information, please contact Cora Landis at initdp@lehigh.edu for more details!

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The ITDP assists clients in developing and implementing export strategies. Consulting services include:

  • International market research.
  • Export alternatives.
  • Developing an export strategy.
  • Financing methods.

Seminars and workshops on the fundamentals of the export process are held frequently. The program also maintains a comprehensive library of international trade materials. Services offered include:

Consulting

The ITDP provides export consulting to small firms. The trade specialist works with firms on a one-to-one basis to help plan and implement export strategies. Assistance is available for firms in all stages of international business development. ITDP services include evaluating a firm's export potential, assessing foreign market opportunities, setting product/market objectives and choosing a method to enter target markets.

Education and Public Awareness

The ITDP staff provides the business community with information about the importance of exporting by distributing international trade information and conducting seminars. Workshops are offered on introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.

Sales Leads

International Trade Development Program personnel receive foreign sales leads from numerous sources. These sales leads are evaluated and forwarded to active ITDP clients at no cost.

Networking

Local businesses can take advantage of a large pool of knowledge, expertise, technical data, and information through the Team Pennsylvania Lehigh Export Network (LEXNET), a cooperative referral network of public and private sector export service providers.

Product Promotion

The ITDP staff works closely with the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of commerce to assist Lehigh Valley manufacturers with the promotion of their products through foreign trade shows. Qualified companies may be eligible for a Market Access matching grant for international trade mission participation.

Information Center

A library of international trade publications and materials is available at the SBDC. The international trade library contains periodicals, reference materials, on-line data bases and directories of foreign manufacturers and distributors. The ITDP library also provides information on license requirements and document processing.

Research

The international trade specialist studies the export participation of the US manufacturers on a continuing basis. Information on the latest trends and developments in the export arena is available to clients and interested parties.

Using ITDP Resources and Assistance

To receive assistance from the ITDP clients must first complete a Request for Service form. The international trade specialist will then call and arrange for a meeting. The consulting procedure may include several interviews and an on-site visit. After the international trade specialist evaluates the client's export potential, a course of action is recommended.

Consulting services are completely confidential and at no cost. ITDP services are provided regardless of race, sex, creed, or age.

 


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Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community & Economic Development; through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration; and in part through support from Lehigh University. All services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatroy basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency can be made by calling (610) 758-3980. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been barred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally bedarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally barred or suspended in the future.