Naija Foodie Update

Foodie Naija Update (Programs Aim To Assist State Food, Beverage And Agricultural Companies Grow Exports)

Nearly 95% of
consumers are located outside of the United States, creating great potential for Wisconsin businesses in foreign markets.

With recently ratified trade agreements, and others being negotiated, this is a
great time to consider growing foreign markets.

The Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP),
in partnership with the Wisconsin Manufacturing
Extension Partnership, Stout
Manufacturing Outreach Center, FaB Wisconsin, 7 Rivers Alliance, and Madison
Region Economic
Partnership, is providing a
customized export strategy development opportunity for food and agricultural
companies.

ExporTech is funded in part by the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation (WEDC) and consists of three
intense sessions spaced one month apart with
individualized guidance to ensure companies are able to develop a comprehensive
export expansion strategy.

Two training opportunities are available one in
Cashton and the other in Waukesha.

Cashton dates are: July 20,
Aug. 23 and Sept. 27, 2016.

Waukesha dates are: July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22.

Session outcomes include development of an executable export strategy,
identification and removal of export obstacles, identification of ideal export markets and the creation of a practical international growth plan.

Experts will provide insight into potential overseas markets, management of
logistics, and how to best meet documentation and
certification requirements.

At the completion of the ExporTech program, participating companies will
have the tools they need to begin or streamline their
exporting effort.

ExporTech sessions are geared toward
company leaders including owners, CEOs or other
executives.
Companies producing value added products, grains,
fruits, vegetables, ginseng, livestock genetics, wood
products and more should consider attending.

Wisconsin graduates of ExporTech have achieved sales increases averaging
$600,000 – $900,000 within 12 months of completing the
program.

Additionally, ExporTech graduates will have the
opportunity to apply for additional funding through the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation to execute their export strategy.

Companies that have
completed the ExporTech program may qualify for up
to $25,000 to support export strategy implementation.

Companies that have not participated in this program may qualify for support at a project level up to $15,000.

Space is limited to up to eight non competing companies.

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