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Paris Air Show, June 19 – 25, 2017


Since 1909, the Paris Air Show has been constantly growing and remains today the biggest event in the world dedicated to the aerospace industry. With more than 2,500 international exhibitors, 150,000 trade visitors and 296 official delegations from all over the world, the show is indisputably one of the highest points of the industry’s economic life. The Paris Air Show is a special time for every business, an opportunity in the space of one week to meet all the main industry players, seize new business opportunities, present expertise and innovations to the world and forge technology partnerships. To support eligible small businesses in the aerospace industry, the Kansas Department of Commerce will provide exhibit opportunities under a Kansas Pavilion to six Kansas aviation companies. Each participating company will receive exhibition assistance and travel assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement. Airfare expenses must meet the “Fly America” Guidelines.

 

International Buyer Program

The International Buyer Program (IBP) is a joint government-industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. Participating U.S. companies will not only meet more pre-screened buyers, representatives and distributors, but their products and services can be listed in the Export Interest Directory and distributed to all international visitors. Every year, the IBP results in approximately a billion dollars in new business for U.S. companies. For a list of upcoming trade shows, please visit the International Buyer Program website. Twenty funding opportunities will be made available to eligible small businesses. Each participating company will receive up to $300 in airfare assistance and $1,500 in exhibition assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement. Airfare expenses must meet the “Fly America” Guidelines. 

Certified Trade Fairs

Every year the U.S. Department of Commerce certifies a variety of foreign trade shows to increase U.S. exports and to expand U.S. participation in overseas trade shows. U.S. companies will be eligible to exhibit under a U.S. Pavilion, receive counseling and assistance services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service. For a list of upcoming certified trade shows, please visit U.S. Commercial Service’s Trade Events website. Ten funding opportunities will be made available to eligible small businesses. Each participating company will receive up to $3,500 in exhibition assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement. 

Trade Missions

U.S. Department of Commerce Organized Trade Missions (September 30, 2016 – September 29, 2017):

The U.S. Government, in keeping with the National Export Initiative, is committed to sponsoring an unprecedented number of trade missions focusing on the most innovative and competitive sectors of the U.S. economy. These trade missions are overseas programs for U.S. firms that want to explore and pursue export opportunities by meeting directly with potential clients in their markets. For a list of upcoming trade missions, please visit U.S. Commercial Service’s Trade Mission website. The Kansas Department of Commerce will provide four funding opportunities to assist eligible small businesses participating in U.S. Department of Commerce organized trade missions. A list of approved trade missions can be found by clicking on the link above. Each participant will receive up to $2,500 in assistance toward trade mission cost in the form of post-activity reimbursement.

Kansas Trade Mission to Mexico (TBD)

Mexico is an important export market for Kansas, traditionally ranking as one of Kansas' top three trading partners. In the past two years, exports to Mexico grew by more than $280 million. To further increase Kansas exports to Mexico, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Agriculture will lead a group of 12 eligible small businesses to visit the country. The delegation will include businesses from both agricultural and non-agricultural industries.
Each participating company will receive financial assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement. 

Kansas Trade Mission to Brazil (TBD)

As Latin America’s largest economy, Brazil represents an excellent export partner for Kansas businesses. The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Agriculture will lead a group of six eligible small businesses from a variety of industries to visit Brazil. Each participating company will receive financial assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement. 

Others

The
Kansas Department of Agriculture will organize two trade missions to allow a total of 10 eligible small agricultural businesses to explore export opportunities in the following markets: 

  • Central Asia
  • Petfood Forum China and Pet Fair Asia

For more information about the Kansas Department of Agriculture's trade shows, please visit Kansas Department of Agriculture's STEP program page or contact Ms. Suzanne Ryan-Numrich for more information:

               
Suzanne Ryan-Numrich
                International Trade Director
                Kansas Department of Agriculture
                (785) 564-6704
               


 



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