A letter from the governor

Dear Wisconsin Business Owner:

If you are small or medium-sized company in Wisconsin and you’ve got a great product or service, it’s time to tell the world! With 96 percent of the world’s population living outside the United States, exporting needs to be a key part of your business plan. More than 8,500 companies in the state are already finding success around the world, and 88 percent of those exporters are small or mid-sized firms. It’s time to think about how you can participate in the global economy. We’re here to help.

Developing a successful international growth strategy begins with understanding where the greatest opportunities are for your business. As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) can call upon a global network of Market Development Directors based in Wisconsin and Trade Representatives in 36 countries to provide timely and relevant in-country expertise. They understand the legislative, social, economic and geographic factors that affect the demand for Wisconsin-made products around the world. Services provided by WEDC’s Global Network include: industry, product and market assessments; strategic partner searches; meeting facilitation; and custom projects.

Each year, it is my privilege to recognize firms and organizations that have achieved extraordinary results in international markets or have contributed to Wisconsin’s ability to compete in the global economy. These companies have implemented innovative strategies and can serve as examples to other state firms. Any agricultural, forestry, industrial, high technology, or service enterprise successfully engaging in or assisting in the export of Wisconsin-origin products or services can apply. We look forward to announcing the 2014 winners at the Wisconsin International Trade Conference lunch.

For more information on how Wisconsin can help your export strategy, call us at 855-INWIBIZ (855-469-4249).

Sincerely,
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

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