Metro Richmond Exports Initiative Looking for Chesterfield Companies

The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative (MREI) is in search of local businesses interested in participating in an upcoming Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) international trade mission. They have several grants that will cover the $2,500 trade mission registration fee for qualified trade mission attendees – businesses are only responsible for travel costs. This is a wonderful opportunity which we would encourage you to pursue, or share with your clients and business partners.

Benefits from participating in the VEDP trade mission include:

  • Assistance identifying which international market is best suited for your product or service
  • In-country support to identify the best potential customers and partners
  • Scheduled one-on-one meetings with prospective customers and partners
  • Translation services and culture coaching where necessary

Interested businesses do not need to know where they would like to travel (VEDP can help them through that process), but should be ready to spend a week abroad and have the capability (or the ability to develop the capacity) to fill international orders. This opportunity is for businesses who produce both services and goods.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Grace Festa with Greater Richmond Partnership via e-mail at or by phone at (804) 643-3227. Companies must travel by the end of June to qualify.

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