International Export Resources

Expertise and Programs:

  • U.S. Commercial Service: The USCS, part of the US Department of Commerce, can provide Country Commercial Guides, Trade Data and Analysis, and Business Matchmaking Services at no or low fees. Contact: Susan Murray, U.S. Commercial Service, Montpelier, VT. (802)828-4508 or susan.murray@trade.gov.

  • Vermont International Trade Division: Provides access to educational seminars, trade show participation, technical assistance, and one-on-one consulting services. Contact: Tim Tierney, Director of International Trade, Department of Economic Development, Vermont Agency of Commerce, Montpelier VT. (802)505-5496 or tim.tierney@vermont.gov.

  • Vermont Agency of Agriculture: Works with food, beverage, and forestry businesses to develop domestic and international markets through financial assistance, education, research, market-entry, and promotional assistance. Contact: Lauren Masseria, Senior Market Development Specialist, Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Montpelier. (802-505-5413) or lauren.masseria@vermont.gov

Funding and Resources:

  • State Trade Expansion Program (STEP): Reimbursable grant program to support entry into foreign markets or expand international export activity through trade shows, trade missions, market research, and export education.  Contact: Hilary DelRoss, Vt Department of Economic development, Montpelier, VT. (802)622-4337 or hilary.delross@vermont.gov.

  • ExportTech: Twelve-week program to help businesses develop a proactive, strategic approach to exporting. The next program, taught by the Vt Manufacturing Extension Center, is scheduled to start on March 31. Contact: Lisa Henderson, VMEC, Randolph, VT. (802)299-1456 or lhenderson@vmec.org.

  • Trade Show Assistance Grants:  Matching grants to assist agriculture and forestry busi9nesses to identify, plan, exhibit and sell Vermont products at out-of-state trade shows. Contact Kathryn Donovan, Agency of Agriculture, Montpelier, VT. (802)585-4571 or Kathryn.donovan@vermont.gov.