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A GATEWAY TO GLOBAL MARKETS

With 96 percent of the world’s population consuming products outside the U.S. and 1 billion people expected to join the global middle class in the next decade, Wisconsin companies are changing the way they think about their businesses. For companies that want to grow, exporting is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity.
In addition to reaching new markets ripe for your product or service, exporting has proven to help companies grow faster, offer higher wages, improve their labor pool and ultimately increase valuation.

But expanding your business globally can be intimidating when you don’t know where to begin. With the help of our network of services, companies both large and small find viable opportunities to reach new markets.

Made up of government and economic development organizations, private industries and academia partners, the Wisconsin Global Navigation Network (WGNN) provides the resources you need regardless of where you are in the exporting process—at no cost to you.

The WGNN will help guide your global expansion with the following essential services:

  • Global market identification for your products

  • Strategy and business plan development

  • Market analysis reports

  • Export logistics

  • Educational seminars and hands-on learning

  • Introductions to buyers and distributors

  • Trade missions

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WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

Although Hydro-Thermal was already an experienced exporter, the company chose to take part in the ExporTech™ Program for guidance in refining its export strategy.​

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Offering the widest array of low-profile stainless steel and aluminum conveyor platforms, Dorner has the right conveyor for almost any application. Dorner designs and manufactures conveyor systems for a wide range of applications, including food handling and processing, packaging, pharmaceuticals, medical and general manufacturing.

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As part of growing its international sales, CMD has adopted a market-focused culture, incorporating the voice of the customer into its product development.

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Over the four years, CONNOILS LLC increased its international sales dramatically, from numbers in the thousands in 2013 to nearly $2 million in 2016.

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COUNTRIES REPRESENTED BY WEDC’S GLOBAL NETWORK
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U.S. EXPORTECH TRAINING COMPLETED IN WISCONSIN
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THOUSAND AVERAGE SALES INCREASE BY WISCONSIN EXPORTECH™ GRADUATES
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WISCONSIN’S EXPORTECH PROGRAM NAMED “BEST IN THE NATION”*
Source: WEDC FY17 Annual Report on Economic Development
*U.S. Department of Commerce

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Revitalizing commercial districts and preserving our state’s history enriches public spaces and helps encourage business activity.

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INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT

Public-private partnerships investing in “Centers of Excellence” that drive research, startups and business attraction to advance Wisconsin’s competitive advantage.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Experts here and abroad that help Wisconsin companies navigate exporting logistics to successfully expand their global reach.

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WEDC NEWS

Communications Test Design Inc. opens facility in Kenosha County

July 20, 2018|0 Comments

Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI), a global engineering and logistics company in the communications industry, has opened a new facility in Kenosha County, a project expected to create 150 jobs over the next the three years. Read More

Promega Corporation expands operations in Madison

July 19, 2018|0 Comments

Promega Corporation, a global biotechnology company, is relocating some of its manufacturing facilities from California to Madison. The company expects to create 25 new jobs and make a capital investment of $750,000 over the next three years. Read More

WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan, DOA Secretary Ellen Nowak recognize The Boldt Company for role in Foxconn construction

July 19, 2018|0 Comments

WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan and DOA Secretary Ellen Nowak highlighted the statewide reach and benefits of Foxconn’s $10 billion investment in Wisconsin by visiting The Boldt Company in Appleton. Read More

“I am a huge proponent of ExporTech™. It really helped us drill down and realize where our optimum markets are located.”

DOUG BIGGS • VP OF SALES AND MARKETING, GILMAN PRECISION

“ExporTech™ certainly helped us develop a more proactive export strategy. Through the program, we learned more about which countries were ideal for our business and our products.”

HARSHAD SHAH • PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, EAGLE TECHNOLOGY

“We’ve wanted to explore exporting for a long time. The financial assistance and training we received through WEDC and the ExporTech™ Program provided the impetus and structure that helped us build a viable export development strategy.”

GAUTAM MALIK • DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, GAMBER-JOHNSON

“The Global Business Development Grant Program helped us accelerate some existing international sales development and opened new opportunities due to lowered barriers to entry. The program lowers our risk in new markets where no business has ben undertaken and really opens the door to new markets.”

MICHAEL LAUENSTEIN • INTERNATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR, MUELLER SPORTS MEDICINE, INC.