New York -- Small businesses that want to get into international trade can find technical, financial and marketing help through the Global Export Market Service (GEMS) in New York City.
Coordinated by the New York State Department of Economic Development, GEMS is open to manufacturing, service or agricultural companies that produce at least 51 percent of their goods in the state and have 500 or fewer employees. You can apply for funding through the program to access consulting services that determine whether your company is ready for exporting or help create an export market development plan.
GEMS will pay for up to 50 percent of the total acceptable project cost. Participants are required to provide matching funds in the form of cash and in-kind contributions.
To find out if you're eligible, contact an Empire State Development office or GEMS at 633 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017, (212) 803-2346.