Tag Archives: Market Selection

Growing Opportunities in Armenia

The United States and Armenia have recently agreed to a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. The Office of the United States Trade Representative states that this agreement created a United States-Armenia Council on Trade that is tasked to create ways to “strengthen the trade and investment relationship between the two countries.” The U.S. Census Bureau reported that… Read more

SBA Grant to Support Virginia’s International Trade Program

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has received $578,500 in grant funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program.  The STEP grant is designed to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to raise the value of exports for those small businesses that are… Read more

Governor McAuliffe Announces 3rd Year of Going Global Defense Initiative

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has received $1.8 million in grant funding for a third year of its Going Global Defense Initiative (GGDI), administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP).  The GGDI was created to mitigate the negative impact of defense spending cuts on Virginia’s economy. Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe… Read more

Governor McAuliffe Announces Program for Coal & Energy Technology Companies

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the Go Global with Coal & Energy Technology (GGCET) program, a collaboration of the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) as a result of the Governor’s 2014 Energy Plan. Speaking about today’s announcement at an event in Bluefield, Virginia, Governor… Read more

Video Recordings of VALET Spring Meeting Presentations Are Now Available!

During our recent VALET Program Spring Meeting, two VALET Program Partners, Capstone Strategic and Rick Whittington Consulting, gave presentations on business development strategies varying from market selection to online marketing. Videos of both presentations can be viewed on Vimeo: Picking Top Notch Markets and Generating Online Leads. John Dearing and Matt Craft (Capstone Strategic) presented… Read more

Northern Triangle Offers Opportunity for Virginia Companies

When looking for international business opportunities, one need look no further than Central America, specifically the Northern Triangle, to find need in a number of areas.  The Northern Triangle is made up of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  These three countries are facing a number of issues that have led to instability in the region… Read more

The Latest News on Free Trade Agreements – TPP and T-TIP

Trans-Pacific Partnership Update: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators finished the latest round of intensive meetings on September 10, 2014.  The 10 days of meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam resulted in negotiating teams making progress in a number of key areas, including State-owned enterprises, intellectual property, investment, rules of origin, transparency and anti-corruption, and labor.  Following the meetings,… Read more

Tax Savings for Exporters with IC-DISCs

The Virginia General Assembly recently enacted legislation that will allow qualified exporters to receive a permanent tax savings of 20% or more by utilizing an IC-DISC (Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corporation). The IC-DISC has enabled many exporting companies to achieve significant tax savings.  How does it work? An eligible U.S. exporting company forms a special U.S…. Read more