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Another STEP for New Hampshire Businesses and International Trade

Friday, September 28th, 2018

The latest round of STEP funding will be used to promote New Hampshire exports, such as the Farnborough International Air Show, one of the largest aero/defense trade shows in the world.

The New Hampshire Office of International Commercial received from the U.S. Small Business Administration a State Trade Expansion Program grant, which will continue to help Granite State businesses discover, and expand in, markets around the world.

“For more than five years, STEP grants have made a real difference for New Hampshire businesses and the global market, said Commissioner Taylor Caswell of the state Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “Through this program, scores of companies and manufacturers have completed export training programs; participated in international trade shows, and raised the profile of New Hampshire in markets around the world.”

US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the $250,000 award last week, noting “This federal support is an important investment in Granite State entrepreneurs, helping them compete in a global economy.”


The STEP Financial Assistance Award program is now available! Companies can apply for a financial assistance award of up to $5,000 to help increase export sales. Details below.


The latest round of funding will be used to provide matching grants to eligible New Hampshire companies for their export promotion efforts; further development of the annual Export Boot Camp by the Office of International Commerce, and taking part in an international trade show.

The SBA distributed $18 million in STEP grants to 47 state international trade agencies. Now in its seventh year, STEP is designed to increase the number of small businesses that export and the value of those exports, and to explore new trade opportunities.


Get in on STEP!

Join the Office of International Commerce at two informational webinars regarding the grant,
application process and guidelines. Register for one of the webinars and receive 5
points towards your application’s overall score.

Wednesday, October 10 at 10 a.m. ET
Thursday, October 11, at 2 p.m. ET

There is no cost to participate in the webinar, but registration is required. The application packet, instructions, guidelines and additional program information are available HERE.

Please note:
Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 9 at 3 pm ET
• Submit applications HERE
• No partial applications will be accepted
• Awards are limited in number and applications are ranked based on the competitiveness and innovation of the submitted proposal

*Note: The STEP Grant is a two-year grant. As a result, all successful activity reimbursements must be submitted within the next two federal fiscal calendar years (Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 29, 2020). Limited funds are available for this two-year period.

For more information, visit nhexportassistance.com or contact Rachel Adams.

Get Your Business in Shape for International Trade with the Export Bootcamp

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Having trouble fitting in training sessions on international trade? Do bills of lading, export administration regulations and export credit insurance make you sweat?

Get your program in ship-export-shape by enrolling in the second annual Export Boot Camp this fall. It covers the most important aspects of doing business in international markets and can have you outpacing the competition.

For more information and to register,  visit our website. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to pump iron into your export plan!

Export Controls and Compliance

Wednesday, Oct. 3
9am – 3 pm EST
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord
Presented by: Evolutions in Business

Export Logistics

Wednesday, Oct. 17
9am – 2 pm EST
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord
Presented by: UPS; Traliance; Middleton & Shrull

Export Finance

Wednesday, Oct. 31
9am – 2 pm EST
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord
Presented by: People’s Bank; Meridian Financial Group; U.S. Small Business Association

International Marketing

Wednesday, Nov. 14
9am – 2 pm EST
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord
Presented by: IBT Online

 

Shifting Defense Landscape, Business-To-Business Matchmaking Highlight Annual NHADEC Networking Event on May 17

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

The scheduling portal for the first ever B2B meetings is open until May 10. Register for login credentials; request appointments and check to see who has requested an appointment with you. There are 20 minute time slots for appointments beginning at 6:30pm, ending at 7:50pm; a potential for four meetings. You can block any time slots or leave them open for meeting requests. Make sure to confirm meetings that have been requested of you and keep checking back as new attendees register.

A global defense industry and technology innovation expert headlines the 4th annual networking event hosted by the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium, from 5:30 – 8 pm, May 17 at the Manchester Country Club.

Tate Nurkin, founder of OTH Intelligence Group LLC, is frequently cited on defense-related topics and has provided testimony to the U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission about the implications of China’s military reforms and modernization. His keynote address examines the shifting defense industrial landscape and the future of defense innovation.

The event will also feature trade representatives from Canada, Saudi Arabia and other resource organizations, as well as a first-ever business-to-business matchmaking component.


 

Find out how NHADEC gave a big boost to one New Hampshire company. Tune in here to learn the benefits of being a member.

 


Founded in 2013 by the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce, the consortium is expanding its membership beyond the state and now includes members from Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and as far away as Utah. It has also forged relationships with AeroMontreal and the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, fostering partnerships and opportunities in markets around the world for its members.

The event is open to anyone with an interest in the state’s aerospace and defense sector, but registration is required at www.NHADEC.com.

For more information, contact Dawn Wivell at 603-836-4207.

 

New Hampshire, Canadian Officials Look at Importance of International Trade

Friday, April 20th, 2018

New Hampshire’s northern neighbor is also it’s biggest trading partner, so as discussions about the North American Free Trade Agreement continue, Granite State businesses are paying close attention.

More than 70 percent of Canadian exports go to the American market; Canada is the largest export market for more than 30 states.

Trade and investment with Canada supports 39,000 jobs in New Hampshire. Each year, companies and manufacturers export $576 million in goods and $211 in services to Canada.

“Our relationship,” said Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell, “is crucial to our state’s economy.”

This fueled discussion this week, Renegotiating NAFTA: Partners for a Prosperous Economy, featuring industry leaders, state and provincial policy-makers, and economic development representatives from Quebec and New Hampshire, including Caswell;  Welch Manufacturing Technologies President Glenn Welch and CEO Robert Bouchard of Rotobec.

Welch is the manufacturer of Biteharder, a snowmobile carbide sharpening unit. Working with our Office of International Trade, Welch has found a thriving market in Canada. He told the audience that without NAFTA, the cost to send his product over the northern border would be almost as much as the unit itself.

Rotobec, which has had a presence in Littleton for over 30 years, is expanding for the second time in two years and expects to grow to 50 employees. Bouchard said international trade agreements enables the company to reach markets efficiently on both sides of the border and to have access to workforce.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed things won’t change,” Welch said.

 

GDPR Goes into Effect May 25: Is Your Company Ready to Comply?

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

If you’re involved with one of the thousands of New Hampshire companies exporting goods and services to markets within the European Union, you have, by now, probably heard about the General Data Protection Regulation rules, which go into effect May 25.

GDPR, as it’s better known, is strict protocol on how companies collect and protect data on citizens of the EU and companies must be within compliance next month.

From 8:30 am to 2:30 p.m., on May 4 in the Demoulas Room, Benoit Education Center at Rivier University in Nashua, the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service and the Granite State District Export Council present two seminars taking a closer look at the global trends in e-commerce transactions and GDPR.

Morning Session: Cross-Border eCommerce Sales: Practical Guidance for Small & Medium-Sized Businesses
Presented by James Bledsoe, eCommerce Innovation Lab, U.S. Department of Commerce

Global StudyPulse of the Online Shopper
Presented by John Wakefield, Lorie Schlatterer and Travis Klingseisen, UPS
Cost: $50 per person

Lunch and Learn: Understanding the New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) When Doing Business in the European Union
Presented by Attorney John Weaver, Associate at McLane Middleton
Cost: $50 per person

Cost to attend both sessions: $75 per person

REGISTER TODAY!

Contact Rachel Adams with any questions.  More information about each session and the agenda can be found HERE.

Trends Present Opportunity for New Hampshire’s Aero/Defense Sectors

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Through a federal grant from the State Trade Expansion Program, the Office of International Commerce and its partner at the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service sponsored a booth at the Defense and Security Equipment International trade show in September. Michael Polizzotti, an intern with OIC this semester, offers a perspective on the importance of international trade shows.

New Hampshire’s aerospace and defense sector had great visibility at a recent international trade show.

When we went to London to showcase New Hampshire’s capabilities and prowess in the world of aerospace and defense, we expected our conversations to be two-fold: Describing where, exactly, we are located in the world and what we have to offer a growing industry around the world.

Over the course of our participation in the Defense and Security Equipment International trade show, we were pleasantly surprised by people drawn to our booth to reminisce about their visits to New Hampshire, as they were surprised to learn that our state is such a hub of innovation.

At DSEI, we were joined by our partners from US Commercial Service and the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium, as well as four companies – AQYR of Hollis; Corfin Industries of Salem; Brazonics of Hampton, and Crusade Group of Manchester. We were among 1,500 vendors at the show, which drew more than 18,000 people, giving us high visibility.

Having a presence at this show is important for these sectors. With aerospace and defense spending increasing in the United States and around the world, New Hampshire is poised to meet the demands of the global marketplace and OIC, and its partner, the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium, is at the forefront to represent the state and regional businesses as innovative manufacturers and exporters.

NHADEC, a consortium of state and regionally-based aerospace and defense businesses, focuses on fostering opportune foreign markets for its members, through collaboration and global brand messaging. Members range from large scale manufactures, like BAE Systems and GE Aviation, to smaller tier companies.

There are many reasons for the global spending increases. NATO nations, including Poland, Portugal, Greece and others, are increasing their defense budgets. Defense spending is also on the rise in the Middle East and Asia, where military expenditures are projected between 4 percent and 6 percent. The Middle East and Asia-Pacific are driving commercial aerospace  growth.

These trends present a great opportunity for New Hampshire.

Here’s why: About 60,000 aerospace and defense related jobs, at over 350 companies across the state, are filled by highly skilled workers. Many of these companies are NHADEC members working to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of the growing aerospace and defense industry.

We can already see that growth. About 9 percent of New Hampshire’s manufacturing GDP is from aerospace and defense. Projections by the Aerospace Industries Association are for 3.8 percent, five-year employment growth in the sector. It also notes that New Hampshire has seen one of the largest percentage increases in dollar growth in the United States’ aerospace and defense industry.

The hard work of the state, NHADEC and its members over the past few years has heightened the Granite State as an aerospace and defense hub of innovation. We look forward to further solidifying the state as a place where innovation and manufacturing technology help to explore the depths of the sea and far reaches of space.

Michael Polizzotti
Office of International Commerce

 

New Hampshire Trade Office Receives Export Promotion Award

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Time is running out to sign up for the Export Boot Camp series! Registration closes Sept. 22; click here for more information.

The New Hampshire Office of International Commerce received at State Trade Expansion Program award this week that will further its efforts in helping businesses find global markets for their products and services.

The $267,866 grant will be used to encourage export growth in New Hampshire, which totaled about $4.1 billion in 2016 and supports over 18,000 jobs here. The majority – 87 percent – of the more than 2,700 companies that export are small-to-medium-sized enterprises with less than 500 employees, according to the latest statistics.

“This STEP award continues to highlight New Hampshire’s dedication to small business,” said Commissioner Taylor Caswell, of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.  “Over the years, this funding has provided opportunities for our small businesses to find global markets and we’ve continued to see that the world is very interested in what our companies have to offer. This grant represents the great efforts of our Office of International Commerce and the New Hampshire offices of the SBA and US Commercial Service.”


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New Hampshire was one of 44 states receiving some of the $18 million set aside for STEP and the amount received represents a 25 percent increase over last year.

“We are happy to continue our partnership with the State of New Hampshire and the Office of International Commerce and commend them for their creative and impactful use of this program to promote greater exporting opportunities for small companies throughout the state,” Greta Johansson, district director of the state’s SBA office.

STEP is designed to increase both the number of small businesses that begin to export and the value of exports for small businesses currently exporting.  Expanding the base of small business exporters and making the process as easy as possible is a key component of the SBA’s small business strategy.

New Hampshire Ready to Debut at Premier Defense/Security Trade Show

Friday, August 25th, 2017

When one of the world’s foremost security and equipment exhibition opens in London next week, New Hampshire will be a part of the action.

Held every other year, DSEI (short for Defence and Security Equipment International) features over 1,500 exhibitors and attracts about 35,000 people during the four-day event, Sept. 12 – 15. This is the first time New Hampshire will be represented there and we’re one of three states exhibiting.

“Over the next decade, global defense spending is projected to have steady growth and New Hampshire companies are well-positioned to meet the demand,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “The DSEI provides a great opportunity to forge valuable global partnerships and showcase New Hampshire’s specialized defense and security manufacturing industry.”


According to industry analysts, New Hampshire’s aerospace and defense sector exports grew nearly 26 percent between 2010 and 2015 and employs about 10,000 people.


We’ll be at Stand N4-462-464, joining the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium and four companies eager to make global connections:

 

Put Your Export Plan Through its Paces at Our Export Boot Camp This Fall

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

If you break out in a sweat when you hear words like incoterms, bill of lading and carnet, it may be time get your export plan into shape.

Our Office of International Commerce developed an Export Boot Camp that’s kicking off this fall to help strengthen the core of your company’s export goals. Designed for businesses ready to leap into the global market or those looking to pick up the pace of their plan, the Export Boot Camp shapes you up so you can ship out to customers around the world.


These seminars are filling up fast and the deadline to register is Sept. 22, so run – don’t walk! – to this link for more information.


Ready?
Set?
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EXPORT CONTROLS AND COMPLIANCE

8:30am – 4:30pm, Wednesday, Oct. 4
Department of Business and Economic Affairs (formerly DRED)
172 Pembroke Rd., Concord
Cost: FREE*
Presented by Mike Allocca, Allocca Enterprises

EXPORT LOGISTICS
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 18
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth
Cost: FREE*
Presented by Radek Maley and Nicole Dunbar, Highland Forwarding USA

EXPORT FINANCE
9:30am – 2 pm Wednesday, Nov. 1
Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
49 South Main St., Suite 104, Concord
Cost: FREE*
Presented by Joe Kenney, The Provident Bank; Leanne Spees, The Provident Bank; Greta Johansson, U.S. Small Business Administration; John Joyce, U.S. Small Business Administration

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
9:30 am – 3 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 15
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth
Cost: FREE*
Presented by Wendy Pease, Rapport International

Click here for more information about each seminar

*The Export Boot Camp is supported through a State Trade Export Promotion grant and partially funded by The Provident Bank. Contact Rachel Adams to confirm your eligibility for these sessions.

New Hampshire Companies London-bound for Premier Defense, Security Trade Show

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

When one of the world’s foremost security and equipment exhibition opens in London next month, New Hampshire will be a part of the action.

Held every other year, DSEI (short for Defense and Security Equipment International) features over 1,500 exhibitors and attracts about 35,000 people during the four-day event, Sept. 12 – 15. This is the first time New Hampshire will be represented there and we’re one of three states exhibiting.

“Over the next decade, global defense spending is projected to have steady growth and New Hampshire companies are well-positioned to meet the demand,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “The DSEI provides a great opportunity to forge valuable global partnerships and showcase New Hampshire’s specialized defense and security manufacturing industry.”


According to industry analysts, New Hampshire’s aerospace and defense sector exports grew nearly 26 percent between 2010 and 2015 and employs about 10,000 people.


We’ll be at Stand N4-462-464, joining the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium and four companies eager to make global connections: