ExportMontana helps Montana companies to expand their international markets by offering technical assistance and the STEP grant for attending trade shows, finding international partners, developing foreign-language marketing materials, conducting international compliance testing, and improving online global presence. The STEP grant is funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Montana-based companies looking to expand internationally can take advantage of the comprehensive exporting assistance service provided by ExportMontana, including the Montana Online Global Program.
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?
Listen to Angie DeYoung, International Trade Manager at ExportMontana, along with Samantha and Susanna from IBT Online as they present the program designed to help exporters in Montana globalize their websites. You'll get practical, hands-on expert advice, focusing in on how exporters in Montana can leverage localized websites and international marketing to build their global brands, engage distributors and generate leads.
IBT Online and ExportMontana understand that companies have different international goals and expectations, so we have come together to create two options for exporters like you to go online and grow your sales, brand, and business in your top markets. If you have one market that you are focused on, then Option A is the right program for you. However if there are two markets that your company is interested in, then Option B would be a better fit. See below for details!
Benefits: One business development website that will help your company be found and understood in your target market (for example China, Mexico, Canada or Brazil). Your website, 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 Montana Online Global Option A is $6,000. Eligible companies qualify for a $3,000 reimbursement from ExportMontana. Eligible companies also qualify for an additional $500 reimbursement for the IBT Online website management fee. Please see below for grant eligibility and participation guidelines. *Website management program included for 12 months, thereafter payable at $1,000 per annum.
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 Montana Online Global Option B is $12,000. Eligible companies qualify for a $3,000 reimbursement from ExportMontana. Eligible companies also qualify for an additional $500 reimbursement for the IBT Online website management fee. Please see below for grant eligibility and participation guidelines. *Website management program included for 12 months, thereafter payable at $1,000 per annum.
Eligible to participate: Montana manufacturers and professional services providers from all regions of the state are eligible to participate in the program. The minimum qualifications for the Montana Online Global Program are:
Angie DeYoung, International Trade Manager
ADeYoung@mt.gov T 406-841-2783
Manages the Office of Trade & International Relations for the Department of Commerce. Helps Montana businesses to assess market potential and to access State and Federal grants for marketing activities, and coordinates cooperative marketing opportunities such as Montana Pavilions at trade shows.
Katie Willcockson, International Trade Officer
KWillcockson@mt.gov T 406-841-2750
Assists Montana businesses with market research, export compliance and logistics, and manages Montana’s Sister State relationships. Also coordinates international diplomacy and relations activities, including trade missions.
Canon Luerkens, International Marketing Officer
CLuerkens@mt.gov T 406-841-2724
Assesses international market and industry potential, helping Montana businesses to access profitable domestic and international markets. Also helps businesses with market research, export compliance, and logistics.