Information on State and Local Governments and what they can offer exporters. This article is part of "A Basic Guide to Exporting", provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, to assist companies in exporting.
Last Published: 10/20/2016
State and Local Governments

State, county, and city economic development agencies; departments of commerce or development; and other government entities often provide valuable assistance to exporters. The assistance offered by these groups, many of them operating under a department of commerce or economic development or similar, typically includes:
  • Export education. Helping exporters analyze export potential and introducing them to export techniques and strategies, perhaps in the form of group seminars or individual counseling sessions
  • Trade missions. Organizing trips abroad to enable exporters to call on potential foreign customers
  • Trade shows. Organizing and sponsoring exhibitions of state-produced goods and services in overseas markets.