Global Access Program Funds Available
The PA  Global Access Program (GAP) is designed to  enhance the capability of small to mid-sized companies to increase export sales. GAP provides up to $5,000 per award period to eligible PA companies to reimburse up to 75% of qualifying expenses associated with specific export promotion activities. This program is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is administered by the PA Office of International Business Development. Funds are limited and subject to availability.

GAP funds are for approved activities occurring October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019. All GAP applications must be submitted to the NEPA Alliance at least 45 days prior to the activity for which funding is sought. Contact Debbie Langan for more information.
Sourcing Request
Scrap LDPE

A Malaysian company is seeking suppliers of Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) in bales grade A99. They are importing 3,000 tons to their factory in Malaysia monthly. This is a qualified trade lead from PA's Authorized Trade Representative in Singapore.  Contact Debbie Langan for more information.
Upcoming Multi-Sector Trade Missions

Space is still available for the following missions, but don't delay! Registration deadlines have been extended.

Brazil and Colombia 

   March 24-29, 2019

Australia and New Zealand

   April 1-9, 2019

N.E. PA Defense Transition Partnership is Extended for a Fifth & Final Year
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance and Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, received a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment grant to accomplish the following objectives:
  • Conduct a Market Diversification Plan for manufacturers that have 5% or more reliance with the DoD supply chain;
  • Identify regional third-party consultants and experts who can assist in the implementation of recommendations contained within the Plan; and,
  • Provide cost subsidies (vouchers) to accelerate manufacturer implementation recommendations contained within their Plan.
Qualifying manufacturers will have a team of highly-skilled experts analyze their market, evaluate the performance of their business and prepare a robust Plan. The Plan will include recommendations for increasing the firm's revenue from new customers, markets and products and through improved efficiencies and the adoption of new technology.   Companies may receive vouchers from $2,500 to $10,000 to cover up to 75% of consultant costs. 

To learn more about this opportunity and to determine if your business will qualify, contact Debbie Langan
Israel - U.S.
Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation
Call for Proposals
The BIRD Foundation promotes collaborations between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technological fields for the purpose of joint product development.  In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, the Foundation assists by working with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions. 

To be considered under this call for proposals, a project should include:

  • Research and development cooperation between two, unrelated companies, one registered in the U.S. and the other in Israel.  
  • Research and development topics that include but are not limited to: advanced manufacturing, agrotechnology, cleantech and environment, communications, construction technology, electronics, financial technology, homeland security and cyber security, life sciences, software, etc.
  • A jointly developed technology or product(s) that shows considerable innovation.
  • A proposed project that demonstrates significant commercial potential. 

Executive summaries (using BIRD's template) are due March 6, 2019.  Click here for more information.  

Spotlight on South Korea
 
During the last few decades the South Korean economy has grown significantly and has become a very important export destination for U.S. companies. This highly developed market offers many expansion opportunities and is a strategic springboard to other countries in the region.   Top industries include petrochemicals, 
semiconductors, m edical devices & p harmaceuticals.
 
Check out Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representative's  South Korea Market Overview Report to learn more. 

PA Export Network

PA has an extensive global network of 15 trade offices covering 52 countries

The PA Authorized Trade Representatives offer confidential and customized services to PA businesses - free of charge!  We can help you export!
  • Guide you through export processes & market entry strategy development
  • Coordinate your business trips with our on-the ground, in-country teams
  • Qualify buyers, agents, distributors, and partners through customized searches
  • Support you on international trade missions & trade shows
  • Research foreign companies and provide background checks
Contact Debbie Langan to learn how the Trade Representatives can help your business export. 
Northeastern Pennsylvania companies interested in any of these announcements can contact NEPA's International Program 
for additional information.

Contact: Debbie Langan, Senior Program Manager,
at dlangan@nepa-alliance.org or 570-655-5581, ext. 233