The Colorado Minority Business Office announced today that a new round of export grants of up to $10,000 are available to minority and women-owned small businesses in Colorado.
Leading Edge for International Opportunities is a financial assistance program administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), in partnership with the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the World Trade Center Denver. The grant and training program provides an educational pathway and equip small minority and women-owned Colorado businesses to develop a strategic plan for export markets.
Grants may be used for international business development and marketing projects including client development, foreign trade shows and conferences, trade missions, foreign business-to-business matchmaking services, targeted overseas advertising and more. In 2017 $73,000 in export grant funds was awarded to nine women and minority-owned small businesses.
Businesses interested in applying for a grant must complete 48 hours of training through the World Trade Center, along with eight hours of consulting with the SBDC network. Completion of the course will provide businesses with certification and complimentary annual membership to the World Trade Center, as well as an invitation to the 2018 WTC Annual Meeting.
The deadline for grant applications is April 30, 2018. To find out if your business is eligible and to apply, please visit http://www.mbocolorado.com/funding-incentives/export-grants