DCED’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD), in partnership with the Regional Export Network (REN), will host a series of events across Pennsylvania for companies interested in exporting their products and services.
These events are part of a two-week tour known as Bringing the World to PA, formerly Pennsylvania International Week.
This year, Bringing the World to PA events will be held in 10 different locations across the state. At each location, Pennsylvania’s Authorized Trade Representatives (ATRs) will meet one-on-one with Pennsylvania companies seeking foreign market intelligence, agents and distributor candidates, and industry and government contacts. Other events include market presentations, educational seminars and networking receptions for businesses.
At a local Bringing the World to PA event, you will have the opportunity to meet with Pennsylvania’s Authorized Trade Representatives (ATRs) from around the world to discuss your company’s international business objectives.
Whether your company is exploring new markets or looking to increase sales in an existing market, attending Bringing the World to PA is a great way to gain valuable insights to guide your international business strategy.
Pennsylvania’s ATRs provide a wide variety of services free-of-charge to Pennsylvania companies, including:
- Market intelligence
- Identification of potential business partners; pre-screened and qualified based on your criteria
- Foreign company background checks
- Tariffs, duty rates and regulatory information
- In-country support, including arranging business appointments and transportation
- Trade shows and trade missions
Pennsylvania’s Authorized Trade Representatives from the following countries will be on the tour:
Australia (Australia, New Zealand)
Czech Republic (Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine)
Germany (Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland)
Netherlands (Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands)
Singapore (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
United Arab Emirates (Arab Gulf Region)
United Kingdom (United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
|Monday, Sept 10||
Ben Franklin Technology Ventures
Lehigh University SBDC
|Tuesday, Sept 11||
World Trade Center – Greater Philadelphia
|Wednesday, Sept 12||
Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies
World Trade Center – Greater Philadelphia
|Thursday, Sept 13||
The Cork Factory Hotel
World Trade Center – Harrisburg
|Friday, Sept 14||
Susquehanna Valley Country Club
Susquehanna Economic Development Association (SEDA) – Council of Governments
|Monday, Sept 17||
Omni Bedford Resort
Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission
|Tuesday, Sept 18||
Southwestern PA Commission
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
|Wednesday, Sept 19||
Ambassador Conference Center
Northwest Regional Planning & Development Commission
|Thursday, Sept 20||
The Red Fern Banquet and Conference Center
North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission
|Friday, Sept 21||
Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
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Past Events - 2017
Exporting offers companies an opportunity to grow by expanding the sale of their products or services in international markets. In 2016, Pennsylvania businesses exported $36.5 billion in goods and services, with top export destinations including Canada, Mexico, China, and the United Kingdom.
Bringing the World to PA
Pennsylvania has one of the largest networks of overseas offices of any state, providing support for our companies looking for success in international markets. For two weeks every September, Pennsylvania companies interested in selling their goods and services internationally are invited to participate in Bringing the World to PA (BTW2PA), a biannual event coordinated by DCED’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD).
During Bringing the World to PA, businesses learn about available business development resources through presentations and one-on-one meetings with Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives (ATRs), who cover 52 international markets worldwide. Over the course of two-week event, the ATRs travel across the state to meet with new and existing clients.
Working with the Regional Export Network (REN), more than 220 Pennsylvania companies — including 63 first-time attendees — participated in BTW2PA this year, resulting in more than 1,075 individual meetings with OIBD’s ATRs. Companies met with the 15 ATRs to identify and develop foreign market intelligence and agent and distributor candidates, as well as industry and government contacts.
Every Pennsylvania company is able to access the state’s ATRs for assistance in entering international markets. OIBD and the REN work together to provide Pennsylvania manufacturing and service firms with export development services, including market research, market entry strategies, educational seminars and technical training, and access to grant programs and financing.
For more information on Bringing the World to PA or export services in Pennsylvania, contact OIBD’s Director, Jennifer Black. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and make sure to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.
Past Events - 2016
For two weeks in September 2016, Pennsylvania companies interested in selling their goods and services internationally had the opportunity to learn about the business development resources available to them and network with Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives (ATRs) from around the world at events across the state.
Working with the Regional Export Network (REN), over 230 Pennsylvania companies, including 53 first-time attendees, participated in BTW2PA, resulting in more than 850 individual meetings with OIBD’s ATRs. Companies met with the 14 ATRs that travelled to Pennsylvania which cover 46 markets to identify and develop foreign market intelligence, agent and distributor candidates as well as industry and government contacts. "We really enjoyed meeting with several of the knowledgeable ATRs with whom we look forward to working closely to help us expand our exports into some new overseas countries in the near future!"
Every PA company is able to access the PA trade representatives to assist them in entering international markets. OIBD and the REN work together to provide Pennsylvania manufacturing and service firms with export development services, including: market research, market entry strategies, educational seminars and technical training, and access to grant programs and financing.