Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation. EFI is the state’s primary entity for trade and export development supporting nearly 60,000 Florida exporting businesses. Florida-based companies looking to expand internationally can take advantage of the comprehensive exporting assistance service provided by EFI.
Samantha is one of our Online Business Development Managers who is responsible for helping companies succeed online internationally.
Samantha is international by nature: she was born in Argentina, studied International Relations at Florida State, got a Masters in Latin American Business at the University of Florida, and worked in Panama. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors (especially paddle boarding), walking her dog Zoey, and training for CrossFit competitions.
Fully bilingual in Spanish and English, Samantha is ready to help you achieve international online business success.
Make the internet work for you globally!
Help your international prospects, customers and business partners find you, understand your company, and do business with you by giving them an online local user experience in their language(s) and market(s).
Whether you sell directly or via distributors, B2B or B2C, a local website that is easy to engage and do business with, built to match your business strategy, is essential for your international business success.
How will the Program help you?
Benefits: Two business development websites that will help your company be found and understood in your target markets (for example China and Mexico, or Canada and Brazil). Your websites, that you will own and be your property, will be built and managed for you, as per the Statement of Work below, by IBT Online's team of international digital natives.
Statement of work:
Budget: The cost of the Florida Online Global Option A is $12,000. Eligible companies automatically qualify for an $8,000 grant from Enterprise Florida, making your total cost $4,000. *Website management program included for 12 months, thereafter payable at $1,000 per annum.
Benefits: Multiple websites that will help your company be found and understood in your target markets (for example China, Mexico, Canada and Brazil), helping you grow your sales, brand and business in these markets. Your websites, that you will own and be your property, will be built and managed for you, as per the Statement of Work below, by IBT Online's team of international digital natives.
Statement of work:
Budget: The total cost of the Florida Online Global Option B: Multi-Market Website Localization depends upon the number of countries and the scope of work, above and beyond Option A. Eligible companies automatically qualify for an $8,000 grant from Enterprise Florida. *Website management program included for 12 months, thereafter payable at $1,000 per annum.
Eligible to participate: Florida small and medium-sized manufacturers and professional services providers from all regions of the state are eligible to participate in the program. The minimum qualifications for the Florida Online Global Program are:
From July 23rd through the 27th 2018, IBT Online’s CEO John Worthington and Manager Samantha Soffici set out on a Florida Roadshow in collaboration with Enterprise Florida. With a main goal to help companies grow their sales, brand, and business online globally through the Florida Online Global Program, they had organized events in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville. It was a HUGE success with almost 300 people registered to learn more about the online environment, social media, and the Florida Online Global Program.
The Florida Online Global roadshow was so much in demand, that we recorded it as a webinar for those of you who could not attend:
If you missed out, don’t worry!
MIAMI-DADE & SOUTHWEST
Counties Served: Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe
Alejandra Henao firstname.lastname@example.org T (305) 808-3670
Chris Munoz email@example.com T (305) 808-3386
PENSACOLA / NORTHWEST
Counties Served: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
Andrea Moore firstname.lastname@example.org T (850) 469-8989
JACKSONVILLE / NORTHEAST
Counties Served: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union
Larry Bernaski email@example.com T (904) 359-9350
TAMPA BAY REGION
Counties Served: Charlotte, Citrus, Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota
Joseph Bell firstname.lastname@example.org T (305) 808-3670
ORLANDO / CENTRAL FLORIDA
Counties Served: Brevard, Highlands, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia
Mike Cooney email@example.com T (407) 956-5678
WEST PALM BEACH / SOUTHEAST
Counties Served: Broward, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie
John Diep firstname.lastname@example.org T (561) 832-8339
EFI and the Florida Online Global Program
EFI and IBT Online are pleased to announce the Florida Online Global Program. Listen to Manny Mencia, EFI SVP International Trade and Development, present the program designed to help Florida exporters globalize their websites.
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