Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, and MDCP award program, the Impact Project at the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center is there to help U.S. companies increase trade with the "Pacific Alliance." The Pacific Alliance includes the countries of Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile.
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.
If interested in registering please fill out the following forms and send them to Brett Rondon, Impact Project, Infastructure Consortium USA.
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.
Click read more for additional details about the Trade Mission itinerary and participation requirements.
Itinerary and Pricing Trade Winds 2016
The Americas September 5-13, 2016
In each country, business representatives will get private business appointments with sales reps and agents/distributors.
The base fee is $1900 for the conference and business matchmaking called "Mission Stop."
Grants to Offset Travel Costs
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!)
STEP Grants: For more information about STEP grants please visit here.
Conference & Forum
The conference program will take place in Santiago, Chile from September 7-9, 2016.
The forum and conference only is $950 per person and does not include business matchmaking meetings in any of the mission stops.
Conditions for Participation:
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.
Webinars for each participating Latin American country:
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