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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

​Ever-Green-View Farms LLC ventured into exporting as a way to reach a bigger customer base within its niche market while diluting its risk by selling into multiple markets.

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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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​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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After ​nearly two decades of work on export expansion, Hatco now exports its food warming and holding solutions to more than 110 countries across the globe.

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COUNTRIES REPRESENTED BY WEDC’S GLOBAL NETWORK
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INSTANCES OF IN-COUNTRY HELP PROVIDED TO WISCONSIN COMPANIES
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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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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

Eagle River site earns Certified In Wisconsin designation

April 24, 2018|0 Comments

A 21-acre parcel of land in Eagle River has been designated by the WEDC as a Certified In Wisconsin® development-ready site, a move aimed at attracting corporate development projects to the city. Read More

City of Evansville receives $250,000 state grant to support downtown project

April 24, 2018|0 Comments

The City of Evansville is receiving a $250,000 state grant to help finance construction of a new downtown building that will replace a tavern destroyed by fire in 2016. Read More

Four state agencies poised to launch new marketing initiative as legislation authorizing $6.8 million for effort is signed into law

April 16, 2018|0 Comments

WEDC and three other state agencies are moving forward with plans for a $6.8 million marketing campaign aimed at attracting talent to Wisconsin after Governor Scott Walker today signed legislation authorizing funding for the initiative. 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.