Gov. Rick Snyder
Gov. Rick Snyder

LANSING – Owners of Michigan businesses are invited to explore export opportunities at five Global Trade Days export workshops that will take place in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Troy and Novi on Oct. 13-17.

The events are sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

“In today’s globally interconnected world, export sales offer extraordinary opportunities for Michigan companies to grow and create new jobs. These workshops will help Michigan companies learn how to tap into those markets and diversify their customer bases,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.

“We are looking to extend export opportunities to more Michigan companies and ensure they are connected with the resources to explore new markets, access existing export resources, and increase global competitiveness.”

Attendees at Global Trade Days will learn about the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, which provides direct reimbursements to eligible companies for international marketing-related activities, ranging from market research to participation fees for international trade missions.

Nearly 800 Michigan companies have received assistance since MEDC launched the program with companies entering more than 75 new global markets. New export sales of more than $300 million have been reported as a result of the program.

Attendees will also hear about opportunities and trends in top export markets, export assistance programs, services provided by Michigan Centers and foreign trade offices, success stories from participating Michigan companies, and upcoming Michigan trade missions and events.

Global Trade Days will include presentations by country market specialists from Canada, Mexico, China, Brazil, and United Arab Emirates, who will speak about doing business in those markets. These five countries are among Michigan’s top export markets.