International Trade Programs


Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Division of International Trade helps Virginia companies sell their manufactured goods and services to markets around the world. Receiving the nation’s highest award in export promotion for the 2008 President’s E-Star Award, the International Trade Division annually serves 250 Virginia companies and takes over 100 Virginia companies on business trips overseas. It maintains offices in Richmond, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Abingdon and Tyson’s Corner, Virginia and offers a global network of on-call consultants in 30+ countries. Through the Accessing International Markets (AIM) and the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) programs, VEDP works with all types of companies to assist with export activities into new markets. Virginia businesses benefit from these programs and services by increasing their international sales.

Export 3.0: Fast Tracking Virginia Companies into International Markets

Companies are looking to increase sales.  Looking to global markets to develop new and productive sales channels is an effective approach.  VEDP has created a new service, Export 3.0, to focus on the early stages of the international business development process - the face-to-face meetings with potential agents/distributors and customers in a target market.  VEDP will provide funds and assistance to organize these meetings.  Access to this service is on a first-come-first-served basis for 30 Virginia companies seeking overseas markets. 

To learn more about the Export 3.0 program, visit www.exportvirginia.org/export3.0.html

VALET : Virginia Leaders in Export Trade

Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) is the VEDP’s marquee international trade program that helps Virginia companies gain a profitable foothold in global markets. VALET combines three essential ingredients—planning, expertise and capital—to generate, on average a 44% increase in international sales opportunities for Virginia businesses. Companies who participate share a commitment to international success with VEDP and private sector service providers. Capital investment by the participating company is enhanced with matching resources from VEDP to meet identified needs.  International professionals provide a match of in-kind services in a concentrated team approach. Attorneys, CPAs, bankers, translators and freight forwarders, contribute skills essential for a successful international launch. Since its inception, over 100 companies representing a wide cross-section of industry have been accepted into and graduated from the VALET program.

On average, companies experience an 88% increase in international sales during and immediately following the program!

To learn more about the VALET program, visit www.exportvirginia.org/valet.html

To learn more about VEDP programs, contact:

Diane Thomas - International Trade Manager

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

16325 Taylor Place, Suite 300

Abingdon, Virginia 24211

Phone: (276) 623-1536

Email: DThomas@YesVirginia.org 

www.exportvirginia.org/

See Also

  • Virginia Trade Port

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Support Programs


Montgomery County businesses can leverage a wide variety of programs that support their efforts to sustain and grow their business.

For more information, contact:
Montgomery County, VA
Economic Development Dept.
Call: (540) 382-5732
Email: info@yesmontgomeryva.org

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