National Resources 2020-05-18T11:50:21+00:00

National Resources

Below is an overview of additional resources to help with your international efforts. For more information on each organization, reference the tabs on the left side of the page or follow the link to the company website. 

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP)
www.exim.gov
America’s official export credit agency helping businesses with products including the following: export credit insurance, working capital guarantee and term financing.

Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
GOED’s Targeted Business Tax Credit
www.business.utah.gov
Under the direction of Gov. Gary Herbert, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development provides resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment, and helps drive increased tourism and film production in Utah. Utilizing state resources and private sector contracts, GOED administers programs in economic areas that demonstrates the highest potential for successful development.

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
www.mcc.gov
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign assistance agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. MCC forms partnerships with developing countries who are committed to good governance, economic freedom and investing in their citizens.

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
Discover Global Markets (DGM)
www.export.gov
The Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with promoting economic growth through events such as DGM. DGM provides attendees the opportunity to uncover new exporting opportunities, learn from seasoned exporters and connect with hundreds of networking contacts.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)
www.wtcutah.com/grants/rbdg-grant/
Educates businesses across Utah in pursuing international opportunities through Rural Export Boot Camps, provides one on one site visits and training opportunities and supports international activities upon completion of the Rural Export Boot Camp.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)
SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center
www.wtcutah.com/grants/step-grant/
Supports Utah businesses entering and expanding into dynamic global markets through a grant partially funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Utah SBDC Global Trade Center helps businesses just starting out who want to get ready to go international.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
Making Global Local
www.ustda.gov
Focuses on opening emerging markets to U.S.-manufactured goods and services offering unique tools to fulfill its mission including the funding of reverse trade missions, feasibility studies, pilot projects and technical assistance. 

USAID
www.usaid.gov/
Provides support for exports/ imports/ sourcing focused on Latin America, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP)

Link:  www.exim.gov

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is America’s official export credit agency. The EXIM Bank Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP) brings state, county and local non-profit economic development entities together with EXIM Bank in a collaborative effort to expand U.S. exports. Under the program, these organizations assist small and medium-sized business exporters in understanding and using EXIM products by providing outreach and technical assistance. World Trade Center (WTC) Utah is a new member and the Utah designee for the EXIM Bank REPP. As such, WTC Utah will be hosting and/or participating in several export finance seminars throughout the year.

The EXIM Bank REPP helps businesses understand and use the following EXIM products:

  1. Export Credit Insurance extends credit, protects against buyer nonpayment, and improves your cash flow.
  2. Working Capital Guarantee provides credit lines to small and medium-sized U.S. exporters for producing its goods or services.
  3. Term Financing supports international buyers in purchasing your capital goods or services.

Contact: Aerek N. Stephens
Program Manager, Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP)
aerek.stephens@exim.gov
202.565.3913

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
Discover Global Markets (DGM)

Link: www.export.gov

Link: How We Help Companies

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. To find out more about how the U.S. Commercial Service can help you achieve export success, visit www.export.gov.

Discover Global Markets (DGM) is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s flagship event series for U.S. exporters. DGM provides attendees the opportunity to uncover new exporting opportunities, learn from seasoned exporters and connect with hundreds of networking contacts.

Businesses can accomplish the following at each DGM Conference:

  1. Meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats visiting from abroad.
  2. Participate in panel discussions on the latest industry trends.
  3. Identify new and emerging markets of opportunity ahead of your competition.
  4. Learn about the U.S. export programs designed to cut your time in market.
  5. Network with U.S. trade officials, leading private sector experts and like-minded U.S. businesses active in overseas markets.

Contact: Shelby Daiek
Acting Director
Utah Export Assistance Center | U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration
801.524.3091
Shelby.Daiek@trade.gov 

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Link: www.mcc.gov

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a small U.S. Government foreign aid agency created to combat global poverty. MCC operates across the world to address constraints to economic growth (such as Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health, Land and Property Rights, Roads and Transportation Infrastructure) as it partners with select developing countries.

MCC’s time-limited grants are called compacts, which average around $350 million and last for five years. These compacts are  tailored to the needs of the country where they are implemented to procure works, goods and services following open, international competitions.

U.S. companies can mitigate their risk by working on these MCC-financed projects. MCC’s procurement processes establish a fair playing field and factor in “best value” (meaning that the lowest bidder does not automatically win). Importantly, successful companies will get paid for their work, in a defined time period, in U.S. dollars.

Contact: Holly Vineyard
Senior Advisor (on assignment from the U.S. Department of Commerce)
Department of Compact Operations Procurement
vineyardh@mcc.gov
202-772-6536

Additional Information
Five Reasons to do Business with MCC
MCC Flyer

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)

Link:  https://wtcutah.com/grants/rbdg-grant/

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science and effective management.

The Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) helps educate businesses across Utah in pursuing international opportunities. RBDG is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the World Trade Center Utah to help Utah small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas grow and expand internationally.

The purpose of RBDG is:

  1. To provide Rural Export Boot Camps.
  2. To conduct one on one site visits and training opportunities.
  3. To support international activities upon completion of the Rural Export Boot Camp.

Trade Missions:

FAS-sponsored international trade missions open doors and deliver results for U.S. exporters, giving them the opportunity to forge relationships with potential customers, gather market intelligence and, most importantly, generate sales.

Please click here for more information: https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/trade-missions

Contact: Jim Porter
Trade Services Manager
jporter@wtcutah.com
435.512.1890

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)
SLCC -Utah SBDC Global Trade Center

Link:  https://wtcutah.com/grants/step-grant/

The State of Utah has received a State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant to help Utah small businesses enter and expand into dynamic global markets. STEP is funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is administered by World Trade Center Utah.

The purpose of STEP is:

  1. To increase the number of eligible small businesses in the State that export.
  2. To increase the value of exports by eligible small businesses in the State.
  3. To increase the number of eligible small businesses exploring significant new trade opportunities.

STEP is a cost reimbursement grant. All grant awards require a cash match by the grant recipient.

SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center:

The U.S. SBA and World Trade Center (WTC) Utah are joined by a common mission; helping start, maintain, and expand small businesses. The U.S. SBA and WTC Utah have formed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) in order to strengthen and expand small business development in the local area. One major undertaking of SAM is the creation of the SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center. 

SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center

The purpose of the SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center is to help businesses just starting out who want to get ready to go international through the following:

  1. Global Business Counseling
  2. Partner Support
  3. Tools & Other Services
  4. Executive Certificate of Global Management
  5. Other Training

Contacts:

STEP
Nicole Sherwood
Grants Manager & STEP Project Director
nsherwood@wtcutah.com
801.599.9185

Utah Global Trade Center
Jim Herrin
Trade Services
801.957.5279
jim.herrin@slcc.edu

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
Making Global Local

USTDA’s 2019 Annual Report

Link to Events:  https://ustda.gov/events

Link: www.ustda.gov

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is an independent federal government agency that focuses on opening emerging markets to U.S.-manufactured goods and services. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that foster economic growth for both U.S. companies and its partner countries overseas.

USTDA has unique tools to fulfill its mission including the funding of reverse trade missions, feasibility studies, pilot projects and technical assistance. For every $1 the USTDA invests in our programs, the Agency has identified over $104 in U.S. exports. Since its inception in 1992, USTDA has generated more than $66 billion in U.S. exports, including $65.2 million from Utah.

USTDA offers the following:

  1. USTDA Events:  Reverse trade missions throughout the United States. Link to Events:  https://ustda.gov/events.
  2. Contracts with USTDA: USTDA contracts with U.S. companies to evaluate and advise the agency on the funding proposals it receives. USTDA also contracts with numerous other U.S. firms for required products and services.
  3. Overseas Contracts: These contracts involve providing technical assistance or training, or conducting early investment analysis/feasibility studies. The point of contact for submitting your proposal is the USTDA grant recipient identified in the FedBizOpps announcement, not USTDA. Current contracting opportunities with USTDA grant recipients in host countries are advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website at www.fbo.gov
  4. Project Proposals: Utilizing the support of USTDA grant funding, overseas project sponsors select U.S. firms to perform USTDA-funded work in one of two ways. The first method is through a competitive proposal process via an announcement posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The second method is through “sole-source” grants, in which the overseas project sponsor has already identified a U.S. firm as a partner or preferred supplier on the project. U.S. firms that are selected by overseas project sponsors to perform work under sole-source USTDA grants are expected to submit a separate, detailed project proposal to USTDA and typically share the cost of the work with the Agency and participate in a success fee program. 
  5. Trade Leads: USTDA’s Trade Leads contain real-time information on procurement opportunities in emerging markets. Advertised tenders are either the result of previous USTDA-funded activities or they have been provided to the Agency by its network of partners overseas for direct delivery to U.S. companies. You can search leads and receive a notification when new leads are posted by registering here for the USTDA eNewsletter, Trade Posts.

Contact: Dianne K. Quebral
Director of Public Engagement
DQuebral@ustda.gov
703.875.4357

USAID

Link: https://www.usaid.gov/

USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. USAID works in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. 

USAID programming provides support for exports/ imports/ sourcing. 

Contact: Lori Brock
Acting Director, Trade and Regulatory Reform Office
lbrock@usaid.gov
202.712.5599

USAID Digital Development

In an effort to recognize USAID Missions, Bureaus, and partners that are working to advance the new USAID Digital Strategy and help countries achieve self-reliance in a digital age, USAID is pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 Digital Development Awards (The Digis).

The Digis recognize and celebrate USAID-funded projects and activities that use digital technology to sustain open, secure, and inclusive digital ecosystems that improve measurable development and humanitarian-assistance outcomes.

There are two application categories — digital ecosystem support and digital technology deployment.

All USAID and implementing partner staff working on a USAID-funded project, activity or program are eligible to apply on behalf of the activity, regardless of the size, region, or portfolio of the activity. Encourage your USAID colleagues and partners to apply! Applications are due June 3, 2020.

Digi Award winners will receive Agency recognition and public visibility for their groundbreaking work.

We look forward to celebrating you and your innovative work using digital technologies and data-driven approaches to achieve development objectives.


Other Useful Links:

https://legacy.trade.gov/prosperafrica/usgtools.pdf – Prosper Africa Toolkit

https://www.usaid.gov/div – Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

WOMENCONNECTCHALLENGE.ORG – Grant Opportunity:

https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/newsletter – Join Newsletter

http://www.satradehub.org/ – USAID’s Trade Hub for the Southern Africa Region

https://www.eatradehub.org/ – USAID’s East Africa Trade Hub

https://www.trademap.org/(S(c1qnmf0paln1kv4cvf3nvbrf))/Index.aspx – Trade statistics for international business development

https://tradecompetitivenessmap.intracen.org/TPIC.aspx – Trade Competitiveness Map

https://procurementmap.intracen.org/ – Government Procurement Map


Useful Documents

Prosper Africa Toolkit

USAID Resources for U.S. Exporters

Doing-Business-with-USAID

10 Tips for Working with USAID Implementers

Grant Opportunity W GDP Women Connect Challenge

Sub-Partnerships

Exploring Funding Opportunities to Partner with USAID

Effectively Responding to USAID Award Solicitations

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Grant
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Up to US $2,000,000
https://gsecclesfoundation.org/

Summary: See “Featured Grants” for summaries of each grant.


Surdna Foundation Grants
Surdna Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Up to US $4,500,000
https://surdna.org/prospective-grantees/

Summary: We accept letters of inquiry from nonprofit organizations that believe there is strong alignment between their work and Surdna’s funding priorities.  While all letters of inquiry are reviewed by Surdna’s program staff, please be aware that the majority of Surdna’s grantmaking is by invitation. Very few unsolicited letters of inquiry have resulted in grants.

Please note that we cannot respond to unsolicited calls or call regarding the status of letters of inquiry due to the number of such requests.  If you have any questions about Surdna’s funding process, please email us at grants@surdna.org.


Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Grants
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Up to US $350,000
http://www.drkfoundation.org/apply-for-funding/

Summary: The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies.  Our goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment.

Prospects for our portfolio of social enterprises come from a vast field of compelling ideas and dedicated leaders. We concentrate our selection on the capabilities of the founder, the scalability of the model, and the potential impact of the organization on the world.

We have an open application process and accept applications year round. Borrowed from our venture capital legacy we find exceptional entrepreneurs, provide them with 3 years of unrestricted capital (totaling $300,000) and provide rigorous on-going support by joining their board of directors for the 3 years and partnering with the leader to help them to build capacity in their organization and scale their impact.  We invite you to learn more about what we fund, our selection process, and to share your idea with us through our online application.


To Investigate Other Opportunities:
US Government Trade Agencies
https://ustr.gov/about-us/trade-toolbox/us-government-trade-agencies