Trade Shows and Governor Trade Missions
Trade 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.
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:
Meetings with key industry cluster groups
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremonies
Meetings with government agencies
Trade show success stories
Read how trade shows helped these Washington State businesses grow their business.