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ExporTech Maine 2021
February 23 - May 14
In 2020, the world changed.
What’s your export strategy for the future?
Unlock Your Global Growth Potential through ExporTech!
- Participate in 4 half-day virtual sessions
- Obtain individualized coaching to develop an actionable export growth plan
- Present your export growth plan to experienced international business people for feedback
ExporTech™ is a national export assistance program that applies a structured export strategy development process to help companies enter or expand in global markets. Since 2006, 233 ExporTech™ programs have been delivered in 36 states and Puerto Rico with over 1,180 participating companies.
Who is a Good Fit for ExporTech?
ExporTech™ is intended for forward-looking small and mid-market manufacturers that want to expand global sales. Most participants already export. The process is designed for executive leadership, such as the CEO or VP of International Sales, Marketing, or Business Development. Companies that involve multiple staff will get the most out of the process.
- On average, participating companies generate $500,000 – $700,000 in new export sales.
- Many companies generate export sales within 6 months of completing the program.
- The average participant reported cost and investment savings of $91,000.
- The average company created 5 new jobs.
Michael Stone, President of Stone & Associates, is one of the principal architects of the ExporTech™ program. As one of the program’s leaders, master facilitators and content developers, he has collaborated with export assistance organizations (US Export Assistance Centers, state trade offices, district export councils, SBDCs, etc.) across dozens of states. His client experience includes government/non-profit economic development organizations that serve manufacturing companies, Fortune 500 companies and small- and mid-market industrial firms. His engagements have required an understanding of global markets throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and have involved a wide range of industries, including medical devices and equipment, major appliances, consumer and specialty glass products, personal protective equipment, pharmaceuticals, automotive, specialty wire products, fabricated metal components, plastic products, and fiber optic cable.
Four half-day (am) virtual sessions:
Session 1: Export Growth Strategy
Session 2: Maine Export Assistance Resources
Session 3: Sales Channels and Marketing
Session 4: Final Plan Presentation
Plus 8 hours of individual coaching scheduled between March 1 and May 14
On completion, SBA-eligible Maine companies may receive financial reimbursements to cover costs associated with implementing your export plan. Ask us about STEP Financial Assistance Awards.
SBA eligible: $1,000 per company
Additional SBA funds provide special reduced fee in 2021
Please complete the Self Representation as an Eligible Small Business form to receive the SBA eligible registration rate.
Non-SBA eligible: $4,000 per company
Note: Each company is encouraged to register up to 4 people to participate in the export strategy development process.
What do our ExporTech alums say?
“ExporTech is a great opportunity to access knowledgeable experts, and especially for smaller companies it provides an excellent structure for developing a plan and staying on task during the process. It’s easy to focus on the urgent rather than the important. The process, coaching, and cadence of the program really helped us get this done. This has been a great experience, and the process really helped with both our domestic and international marketing plans.” – Ed Gervais, President, Cascon Inc. (Yarmouth, ME)
“I am so glad I participated in the ExporTech program. The resources, coaches, and market research were extremely helpful, and it would have been difficult to develop an organized export business plan on my own. The coaching sessions with other executives with export experience were particularly valuable. Big thank you to everyone for their support!” – Abby Robey, VP Sales & Marketing and Co-owner, Xuron Corp. (Saco, ME)
“ExporTech provided action-packed information that was valuable immediately. I have been exporting for 30+ years, yet there was a lot of technical information I was unaware of. The most valuable aspect of the program was making new contacts with experts that are now working with us to help grow our international sales.” – Robert Morse, President, North American Kelp (Waldoboro, ME)
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Cheryl Rau at (207) 541-7400, if you require accommodation.