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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

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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Due to attending ExporTech™ in 2015, Gaskets Inc. gained access to the resources needed to hone its export strategy, and has since seen great success in diversifying its international customer portfolio

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After experiencing success in domestic markets, Velicon leadership turned to WEDC for assistance to find highly industrialized nations that would make good target markets for exporting.​

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​After experiencing exponential growth thanks to its comprehensive menu of genetic testing and specialized gene interpretation at a competitive cost, PreventionGenetics leveraged WEDC to replicate its success in foreign markets.

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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
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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

WEDC, UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert College launch marketing campaign to encourage out-of-state alumni to ‘come home’

June 18, 2018|0 Comments

WEDC, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Norbert College today unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging alumni of Wisconsin colleges and universities to pursue their personal and professional goals in Wisconsin. Read More

WEDC, Western Technical College launch marketing campaign aimed at out-of-state alumni

June 15, 2018|0 Comments

WEDC and Western Technical College have unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging alumni of Wisconsin colleges and universities to pursue their personal and professional goals in Wisconsin. Read More

Green Bay Packaging Inc. announces $500 million expansion

June 12, 2018|0 Comments

Green Bay Packaging Inc. announced an investment of more than $500 million that includes a construction of a new recycled paper mill and an expansion of the company’s shipping container division – a project expected to create 200 jobs throughout the state.  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.