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Trade Grants

Florida offers a variety of trade grants to support your business in exporting for the first time or diversifying into new overseas markets.

Explore Trade Grants for Florida Exporters

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) offers a variety of trade grants through the Florida Export Diversification & Expansion program to help qualified companies start exporting for the first time or diversify into new overseas markets.

Participating in virtual and traditional business matchmaking and trade shows, developing a customized Export Marketing Plan, or localizing your website for an overseas audience will all strengthen and diversify your company’s sales. Enterprise Florida has trade grants to help your goals.

Grants Available

Grants for Virtual Options – No Travel Required

Grants for Traditional Travel Options

Grants for International Business Development

Qualifications

Below are the minimum qualifications for all trade grants. Please see the complete Terms & Conditions for each individual grant for additional qualifications.

  • Applicant must be located in Florida and registered as an active company with the Florida Division of Corporations at www.sunbiz.org.
  • Must be in business for a minimum of two (2) years.
  • Product(s) must be produced in the State of Florida. Services must be provided from a Florida location.
  • Must have a commercial operation that consists of either an office, office/warehouse, or manufacturing facility.
  • Product line or service must be considered viable in the target market as determined by the U.S. Commercial Service or Enterprise Florida. Services providers must be in one of these approved target sectors.
  • Must be a small business (employing 1 – 500 employees) or comply with the SBA Size Standards gov/size-standards as a small business.
  • A company can receive a maximum of three trade grants each year between July 1 and June 30 (EFI’s fiscal year) based on the end-date of the event, or the date of reimbursement for Export Marketing Plans and Website Localization Grants.

Note: A company can receive one Export Marketing Plan Grant per lifetime, and two Website Localization Grants per lifetime.

  • Other restrictions and exceptions may apply at the discretion of EFI.

Please contact your local EFI trade representative for more information about trade grants and how we can help you succeed overseas.

Target Sector Trade Show Grant
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Target Sector Trade Show Grant

Florida offers grants to help companies grow their export sales through overseas international trade shows.

 

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) offers grants to help Florida companies grow their export sales through overseas international trade shows. Eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers and professional services providers can apply for a Target Sector Trade Show Grant to help offset trade show booth costs.

Reimbursement

The reimbursable trade grant covers 75% of select trade show booth costs up to $7,500. Grants must be approved prior to the first day of the trade event.

Please contact your local EFI trade representative for more information and to receive the grant application.

 

Click here to view the complete grant criteria and terms & conditions.

Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant
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Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant

Eligible manufacturers and professional services providers can apply for a Gold Key-Matchmaker Grant to generate or increase export sales overseas.

 

The Gold Key-Matchmaker Grant grant serves as a market development tool for companies that are new or infrequent exporters by subsidizing the cost of meeting with pre-screened and pre-qualified buyers, agents, importers, and representatives with an interest in their products or services. Gold Key Services can be provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, while similar one-on-one business matchmakers can be conducted through select Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) international offices or a pre-approved third-party such as an AmCham.

Reimbursement

The reimbursable trade grant covers 100% of the participation fee for Enterprise Florida trade missions, or the full cost of a stand-alone Gold Key-Matchmaker service. Other options are available. Grants must be approved prior to the first day of the scheduled appointments.

Please contact your local EFI trade representative for more information and to receive the grant application.

 

Click here to view the complete grant criteria and terms & conditions.

Virtual Business Matchmaking Grant
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Virtual Business Matchmaking Grant

Learn more about Florida’s grants for Virtual Business Matchmaking to help your company expand.

 

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) offers grants for Virtual Business Matchmaking to help Florida companies expand overseas and keep their business growing. As market disruptions bring forth new ways of doing business, the Virtual Business Matchmaking program is just one way EFI is helping the state’s small and medium-sized companies. Virtual Business Matchmaking includes virtual introductions via teleconference or videoconference with up to five interested agents, distributors, or partners in various given target markets who have been pre-screened and pre-qualified.

Matchmaker Service Providers

Florida companies have two options to choose from, depending on the market of interest:

  • EFI’s international representatives in the below markets/regions will connect Florida companies with five pre-qualified partners/distributors through teleconference or video conference.
  • Similar services are offered in additional markets through Enterprise Florida’s partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service and their International Partner Search Plus Virtual Introductions. The U.S. Commercial Service program includes virtual introductions with up to five pre-qualified contacts, with options for additional introductions.

Reimbursement

The reimbursable trade grant covers 100% of the cost of a matchmaker service provided by EFI or the U.S. Commercial, up to $2,500 OR a maximum of $1,200 for virtual business matchmaking services provided by an approved contractor. Grants must be approved prior to the first day of the scheduled appointments.

Please contact your local EFI trade representative for more information and to receive the grant application.

 

Click here to view the complete grant criteria and terms & Conditions.

Export Marketing Plan Grant
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Export Marketing Plan Grant

Florida offers grants for customized Export Marketing Plans to identify overseas growth strategies.

 

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and the U.S. Commercial Service, offers qualified Florida manufacturers and services providers the development of a customized Export Marketing Plan to identify overseas growth strategies for the company. Upon completion of the plan, new-to-export or infrequent exporters can apply for Matchmaker Grant, a Trade Show Grant, or participate in an EFI overseas trade mission. Click here to complete the online application.

Reimbursement

The cost to prepare an Export Marketing Plan is $5,000, but qualifying companies are eligible for a $4,500 grant, making the cost to your company only $500.

Please contact your local EFI trade representative for more information.

Florida Online Global - Website Localization Grant
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Florida Online Global - Website Localization Grant

The Florida Online Global-Website Localization Grant helps exporters expand their overseas presence quickly and dynamically.

 

Globalize your website by making it local – with fully customized websites in your target markets. Enterprise Florida has teamed up with IBT Online to bring you the “Florida Online Global” program to help Florida exporters expand their overseas presence quickly and dynamically. Two options give you the flexibility to choose either a Two-Market Expansion or Multi-Market Web Presence.

Reimbursement

The reimbursable trade grant covers $8,000 of the cost to create a localized website.

Please contact your local EFI trade representative for more information.

 

Click here to view the complete grant criteria and terms & conditions.

International Registration Grant
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International Registration Grant

The International Registration Grant program helps manufacturers obtain documents that may be required to do business overseas.

 

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) launched the International Registration Grant program to help small to medium-sized manufacturers offset the costs of obtaining international product registrations, certifications or markings that may be required to do business overseas.

Reimbursement

The reimbursable trade grant covers 50% of the international registration/certification application fee, up to a maximum of $10,000. Grants must be approved within 45 days after the original international registration/certification application is submitted.

Please contact your local EFI trade representative for more information and to receive the grant application.

 

Click here to view the complete grant criteria and terms & conditions.

How to Apply for Grants

01 Review the Grants
02 Check Eligibility
03 Contact Your Local Trade Manager

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