The Minority Business Office announced today a new round of export grants available to minority and women-owned small and medium-sized businesses in Colorado. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to companies that are new to exporting or are expanding into new export markets.
The export grants encourage small and medium-sized Colorado businesses to develop a strategic plan for export markets. Grants may be used for international business development and marketing projects including client development, airfare and lodging to a foreign market, foreign trade show exhibition and conference costs, trade missions, foreign business-to-business matchmaking services, and targeted advertising in overseas industry trade publications.
Businesses interested in applying for a grant are required to attend the Leading Edge for International Opportunities class curriculum. This ten-session course provides practical training for small businesses on all aspects of international trade, and is a partnership between the Colorado SBDC, the Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute, the Office of International Trade at OEDIT, and the Colorado Minority Business Office. The course is available in-person or via recorded webinar and will instruct attendees on the nuts and bolts of international trade and business transactions. Completion of the course will provide participant businesses with certification to the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) as part of the grant and World Trade Center of Denver annual membership and WTC Annual Meeting on Sept. 22, 2015. The value to attendees for the classes, WTC membership, and NASBITE certification will be covered by the Colorado SBDC.
The deadline for grant applications is Oct. 1, 2015. Late acceptance will be approved based on individual exceptions. To find out if your business is eligible and to apply, please visit http://www.advancecolorado.com/business-colorado/minority-businesses.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!