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Trade Shows and Governor Trade Missions

Individuals at a Trade Show BoothTrade shows and Governor trade missions offer businesses an ideal opportunity to build relationships, create partnerships and expand into new markets. These activities require time and expense, but participating can provide the contacts that lead to long-term results.

Key trade shows targeted by Commerce and trade missions organized by the Governor’s Office focus on the same goals--putting Washington State businesses in front of key decision makers. 

Trade shows 
Benefits of Attending a Trade Show
  • Stay up-to-date with trends in your industry
  • Showcase your products and services
  • Join networking events
  • Expand international sales
  • Leverage business matchmaking opportunities
  • Connect with companies and potential partners from around the world

Joining a state delegation to trade shows
with the most potential for Washington’s key industries provides another affordable resource for small to medium-sized  businesses. Delegation members can access booth space rented by Commerce, typically within the U.S. Pavilion, private breakfast meetings, B2B networking, and other invitation-only networking opportunities for fees that are usually under $5,000. Export Vouchers, available through the Department of Commerce STEP program, can offset the cost for qualifying companies.

Governor trade missions

 A Governor-led trade mission gives you access to industry leaders and high-level government officials who are often only accessible through state and national level introductions and meetings. Past participants of these trade missions report new sales as a result, some reaching one million dollars and more. Past and upcoming trade missions have targeted China, Vietnam, Europe, South Korea, and India. Participating businesses pay their own hotel, airfare and meals, and a modest fee to cover mission expenses.

These mission activities typically include:

  • B2B meetings
  • Meetings with key industry cluster groups
  • Business receptions
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremonies
  • Market briefings
  • Infrastructure tours
  • Meetings with government agencies

Trade show success stories

Read how trade shows helped these Washington State businesses grow their business.

Use an export voucher to help with your trade show expenses

Washington State companies can qualify for an export voucher up to $5,000. For more details, go to our Export Voucher page.
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