“The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina has grant resources to help small businesses exhibit in virtual international trade shows at a time when COVID-19 has shut down in-person events and caused many countries to restrict U.S. travelers.

“Trade events remain essential to generating new sales leads in markets around the world,” said Mike Hubbard, EDPNC director of international trade. “During a pandemic, North Carolina exporters still need to find ways to exhibit their products and connect with new customers and distributors around the world.”

For the first time, the U.S. Small Business Administration has made participating in virtual trade shows or missions eligible for federal State Trade Expansion Program grants.

In North Carolina, the EDPNC administers the grants that help small businesses — defined as having 500 or fewer employees — afford booth registration, air travel, lodging and marketing-material translation associated with international trade shows.”

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Article is from the Rocky Mount Telegram