BALTIMORE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) works to support businesses as they grow their markets through international trade. By connecting companies to export assistance, DEWD can help reduce the risk of international business for both first-time exporters and experienced companies. The Department also works with international companies looking to invest or locate operations in Baltimore County.

DEWD partners with public and private organizations including the World Trade Center Institute, the Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of International Investment and Trade, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Export Assistance Center and the Maryland/Israel Development Center to refer businesses to the appropriate services.

Locally, DEWD offers finance programs including loans and bonds, tax incentives, workforce hiring services, site selection and permitting assistance to streamline the process of doing business.

Interested in learning how Baltimore County can help your business? To learn more about these and other services available to Baltimore County businesses, contact:

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

Will Anderson, Director

400 Washington Ave., Ste. 100

Towson, MD 21204

410-887-8000

E-mail: businesshelp@baltimorecountymd.gov

baltimorecountymd.gov/business

BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 

The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) is a non-profit organization that serves as the economic development agency for the City of Baltimore. Our mission is to retain and expand existing businesses, support cultural resources and attract new opportunities that spur economic growth and help create jobs. BDC serves as a one-stop shop for anyone interested in opening, relocating or expanding a business in Baltimore City.

Baltimore Development Corporation

36 S. Charles St., Ste. 2100

Baltimore, MD 21201-3015

410-837-9305

Fax: 410-837-6363

E-mail: info@baltimoredevelopment.com

www.baltimoredevelopment.com

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK OF THE UNITED STATES

The Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States, assisting in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. The Ex-Im Bank provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing), export credit insurance, and loan guarantees and direct loans (buyer financing).

For more information, contact:

Export-Import Bank of the United States

881 Vermont Ave. NW, Ste. 911, Washington, DC 20571

800-565-2946, ext. 3927 or 3928 / Fax: 202-565-3380

www.exim.gov 

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 

The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s goal is to increase export sales of Maryland food and agricultural products. International trade strengthens the state’s economy by increasing jobs and incomes. The Maryland Department of Agriculture works closely with the United State Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the Southern United States Trade Association, the United States Livestock Genetic Export, Inc. and other trade promotion organizations. The Maryland Department of Agriculture:

  • Assists Maryland farmers, breeders, watermen and agribusinesses entering the global marketplace;
  • Coordinates the participation of Maryland agribusinesses and breeders at trade shows around the world;
  • Conducts both outbound and inbound trade missions;
  • Develops trade leads;
  • Provides technical assistance;
  • Assists companies applying for U.S. Department of Agriculture Market Access Program grants designed to promote exports from small and medium-sized agribusinesses and
  • Conducts training seminars for exporters.

For more information, contact:

Maryland Department of Agriculture
International Marketing Program

40 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis, MD 21401

410-841-5770

www.mda.maryland.gov

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

The Office of International Investment and Trade (OIIT), a part of the Maryland Department of Commerce, was created to develop international business activity in Maryland and help Maryland businesses explore international markets.

This office assists companies from around the world with setting up and maintaining profitable U.S. operations in Maryland.

OIIT also works to make Maryland’s world-class products and services more competitive internationally. The State’s international trade professionals provide small-and medium-sized Maryland companies with access to international market intelligence, targeted trade activities, financial assistance and high-level introductions to potential customers.

Programs and services:

  • Trade/Export Counseling – international marketing strategy development and transactional assistance for Maryland’s exporters.
  • ExportMD Program – grants for small businesses to develop international marketing projects.
  • Foreign Office Network – providing on-the-ground knowledge and resources around the globe, with representation in Africa, Asia, Europe, The Americas, Australia and the Middle East.
  • Foreign Trade Show Program – providing subsidized space in the Maryland booth at selected overseas trade shows
  • Maryland Global Consulting Program – a joint program with the University of Maryland to provide tailored consulting services to companies through student teams
  • Soft Landing Program – provides Maryland companies with up to three months of office space and mentoring in an overseas incubator
  • U.S. Export Assistance Center Services – reimbursement for fee-based export services offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Local international events – periodic programming on international trade-related topics and networking opportunities with foreign delegations

For more information, contact:

Office of International Investment and Trade/Maryland Department of Commerce

401 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

410-767-3393 / Fax: 410-333-4302

E-mail: debra.defazio@maryland.gov

commerce.maryland.gov/move/international-business-in-maryland

MARYLAND/ISRAEL DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC) is a nonprofit organization that promotes bilateral trade and investment. Established in 1992, it is a public-private partnership of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Trade, and The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. The MIDC helps Maryland companies export to Israel and source new technology. It also works to attract Israeli companies to Maryland. Currently, more than 30 Israeli companies maintain facilities in Maryland.

For more information, contact:

Maryland/Israel Development Center

Barry Bogage, Executive Director

401 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
301-325-3654

www.marylandisrael.org

THE U.S. EXPORT ASSISTANCE CENTER – BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

The federal government first established U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) throughout the United States through passage of the Export Enhancement Act of 1992. The Baltimore center opened in 1994 and operates as a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank)

The export assistance centers provide U.S. companies with hands-on export counseling, market research, and trade finance support in a single convenient location. Trained international trade specialists work with clients to assist in developing customized international expansion blueprints that chart next steps to transform companies into strategic, global exporters. The expansion blueprints leverage resources at the state, federal, and local levels.

Export counseling is the primary service of the U.S. Export Assistance Center and is provided without cost to companies looking to export into new markets or to expand in existing markets. In addition, a number of fee-based products from the U.S. Department of Commerce are available to clients, including: business matchmaking (Gold Key Service), trade missions, targeted market research, and website globalization review. The state also maintains an SBA-funded grant program for Maryland companies entering new markets.

The export assistance centers are part of the worldwide U.S. Commercial Service, which maintains offices in more than 100 cities and 75 countries. As a Foreign Affairs Agency with a worldwide network of trade and investment professionals we are uniquely positioned to help U.S. companies succeed overseas. We help U.S. companies gain access to key international contacts and market intelligence. We tackle regulatory complexity, intellectual property rights infringement, and unfair trade practices. By knocking down trade barriers, we help U.S. companies compete – and win – in foreign markets. And our Advocacy Center helps U.S. companies win foreign public-sector contracts.

Partnerships with other key export service providers are integral to the export assistance centers. The Baltimore USEAC’s partners include the Maryland Office of International Investment and Trade, the World Trade Center Institute, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration, and the various Maryland county Economic Development offices.

Trade finance assistance provided by SBA, Ex-Im Bank and the state of Maryland is available for local businesses interested in selling their goods and services abroad. The Baltimore USEAC staff will assist businesses in obtaining export credit insurance, pre-export financing through working capital guarantees, and medium- and long-term loans and guarantees for overseas buyers. Working with a client’s bank, a financing package customized to a specific transaction can be delivered by the export assistance centers.

Exporting with the guidance offered by the Baltimore USEAC helps to minimize risk and realize the opportunities inherent in selling into the global market.

For more information, contact:

The U.S. Export Assistance Center – Baltimore, Maryland

300 W. Pratt St., Ste. 300

Baltimore, MD 21201

410-962-4539

Colleen Fisher, Director

E-mail: office.baltimore@trade.gov

www.export.gov/maryland

THE WORLD TRADE CENTER INSTITUTE

The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) is all about collaboration as a way to expand minds, connections and commerce. Whether your organization is global or not, WTCI can help you and your employees learn and evolve — so you can thrive in this complex and ever-changing economy.

WTCI can introduce you to our local network of top companies, or help your employees grow through our professional development programs. If you wish there were a better way to network than the usual corporate fluff, there is. For nearly 30 years, we’ve helped organizations build relationships personally and professionally, and change their business profoundly.

Our programs, events and services include:

  • Three Signature events that are open to the public: Maryland International Leadership Awards, Women Spanning the Globe Leadership Conference, WTCI 30th Anniversary and State of the Ports
  • Three members-only series: Inside Series, AGILE Innovation Series, and Taste of Business
  • Professional exchanges that welcome more than 700 foreign visitors each year to exchange best practices with their professional counterparts
  • Member services, including Weekly Global Insights, International Travelers Packages, visibility services, introductions, connections and more
  • Professional development programs to meet the needs of our members — from those entering
 the workforce to the corporate executive

For more information, contact:

The World Trade Center Institute

401 E. Pratt St., Ste. 232

Baltimore, MD 21202

410-576-0022

Fax: 410-576-0751

Email: lydia@wtci.org

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