The Impact Project helps provide grants to offset the costs of trips for U.S. companies to open up new sales channels in the Pacific Alliance countries. These grants can also offset the cost of trade missions. The Impact Project can provide a $500 award grant to companies wanting to participate in Trade Winds- Latin American Trade Show.
Trade Winds - Latin America is an official U.S Department of commerce/ U.S. Commercial Service conference and multi-sector trade mission and will take place in Santiago, Chile. The Trade Show Conference will gather all of the 22 U.S. embassies in Latin America as well as offer a multi-country forum, conference and business matchmaking from September 6-9, 2016.
The United States and Western Hemisphere region, as a whole, enjoy extensive economic linkages, rich cultural personal connections, and a shared belief in inclusive growth and opportunity. The Western Hemisphere enjoys one of the most active trading relationships in the world with cooperation on cutting edge energy security and a network of connections among the region's countries that allow the efficient movement of knowledge, ideas, and technology.
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Success Agreement Form
Gold Key Form
Request for Consulting Form (for PA companies only)
The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis beginning January 11, 2016, until the minimum of 55 participants is selected. After June 17, 2016, applications will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.
For assistance contact Word Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties only) or Brent Rondon, IMPACT PROJECT – Infrastructure Consortium USA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Americas September 5-13, 2016
Sept. 5: Travel time to destination country
Sept. 6: B2Bs: Mexico (Mexico, City)
Sept. 7-9: Business Forum & B2Bs: Chile (Santiago) + 22 Country officers*
Sept. 12-13: B2B: Peru (Lima)
(Base Fee) 1 mission stop & forum (SME with less than 500 employees):
Large Company (LGE with more than 500 employees):
Each additional mission stop:
Each additional representative:
Business Forum only:
The base fee is $1900 for the conference and business matchmaking called "Mission Stop."
IMPACT PROJECT award: $500. The IMPACT Project assists U.S. companies to open up new sales channels in Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru. Any company qualifies for this award after the market assessment is done by the U.S. Commercial Service in the specific country.
ARC GRANTS. There is a grant offered by the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to offset 50% of the costs of the trip to any of the States located in the Appalachian Region.
*The Appalachian Region, as defined by ARC, is 205,00 square mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
ARC Discounts Available for Appalachian Region Businesses:
Companies with 500 or fewer employees: If Conference & one mission stop fee is: $1,900 (With ARC grant is Only $950! )
Trade Winds Business Development Conference Only Santiago, Chile Date: September 7–9, 2016 Cost: $950.00 per person (With the ARC grant it is Only $475 per person!)
The conference program will take place in Santiago, Chile from September 7-9, 2016.
- 2 networking receptions
- 2 networking lunches
- Meetings with U.S. Diplomats from across the region (20 minute increments)
- One market (Mission Stop) for "business matchmaking"
The forum and conference only is $950 per person and does not include business matchmaking meetings in any of the mission stops.
The U.S. Department of Commerce will determine if an applicant company has market potential. After a company has been selected to participate in the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. An applicant company must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company's products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation. Applicant companies should specify in their application and supplemental materials if they are interested in the trade mission stops of Mexico, Chile, and Peru and the Business Forum and Mission in Chile. Each applicant company must certify that the products and services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the U.S., or if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm. It must have at least 51% U.S. content of the value of the finished product or service.
- Suitability of the company's products or services to each of the markets the company has expressed an interest in visiting as part of this trade mission
- Company's potential for business in each of the markets the company has expressed an interest in visiting as part of this trade mission
- Consistency of the applicant company's goals and objectives with the stated scope of the mission
- Diversity of company size, sector or sub-sector, and location may also be considered during review
Business Opportunities in Latin America for U.S Companies-Webinar Series
Accessing Latin America-What U.S Firms need to Know for Success
Individual Webinars (costs: $40 each):
Business Opportunities in Peru- Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 11:00-12:15 PM EST
Topic: Free Trade Agreements - How to Leverage FTAs to ExPport to Latin America
Business Opportunities in Uruguay - Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 11:00-12:15 PM EST
Topic: Shipping your Products to Latin America
Business Opportunities in Mexico - Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 11:00-12:15 PM EST
Topic: Credit and Financing for Export Transactions in Latin America