Virginia Economic Development Partnership


U.S. Lifts Arms Embargo to Vietnam

On May 23rd, the United States announced that it would rescind a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam.  The lifting of the ban will be part of a deeper defense cooperation between the United States and Vietnam. According to IHS Jane’s Defence, Vietnam’s defense spending will increase from US $5 billion… Read more

SEO and International Marketing

What is SEO? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in search engine results, such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other popular search outlets. Making your company’s website appear near the top of internet search results requires a blend of both technical and creative elements, such as including the correct… Read more

Top Export Opportunities in Africa

Should your company be exploring opportunities in Southern Africa?  For companies in the mining, electrical power, telecommunications, construction, infrastructure, and medical sectors, the answer may be yes! Economies in Africa are growing at a rapid pace, and Virginia exporters that want to take advantage of the expansion can participate in VEDP’s Trade Mission to Southern… Read more

Costa Rica: Top Export Opportunities

Is Central America a priority region for your company?  If so, sign up for the 2016 Trade Mission to Costa Rica to meet with prospective customers and partners! Costa Rica is an attractive market for exporters for several reasons: Costa Rica is among the largest 3 economies in Central America, measured by GDP Costa Rica… Read more

Free VALET Webinar – March 31st: Translation 101 by GlobalDoc

Is your company’s marketing message getting lost in translation? Date & Time: Thursday, March 31st, 2016; 2:00 to 3:00pm Location: Your desk! Registration link: Cost: Free! Presenter David Jett of GlobalDoc will cover top translation tips and discuss the biggest mistakes to avoid when translating websites and other marketing collateral. David Jett has over 18 years of… Read more

Read now: Economist Intelligence Unit White Paper on Iran Sanctions

U.S. and Iranian economic relations have made a lot of news recently, with the announcement that many of the U.S.’s nuclear-related sanctions are being lifted, following the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). What do these changes mean for U.S. businesses, who for the past 37 years have been barred from… Read more

Program Partner Webinar: UPS on the Automated Commercial Environment

VALET Program Partner UPS is hosting a series of webinars to review changes to U.S. export compliance and the integration of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). UPS’ next webinar in the series, “Automated Commercial Environment (ACE): How It May Affect Your Exports,” will air on March 31st and is geared specifically towards exporters. Date: Thursday,… Read more

Doing business in China? Check out these free webinars!

Is your business currently active in China, or are you considering China as a potential expansion market?  Do your homework and learn about the best business practices in China through AMCHAM Shanghai‘s new webinar series, presented in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service. The four webinars, which are free of cost, will cover the following… Read more

Webinar from IBT Partners: Essential Strategies for 2016 International Trade Shows

Does your company frequent the international trade show circuit?  If so, make sure that you are reaching your targeted audience! IBT Partners is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 10th at 11am EST, featuring Messe Frankfurt’s president.  The webinar will share secrets of success from 250 international events in 30 countries. Interested in attending?  Register… Read more

VALET Webinar Recording is Available: “Intellectual Property: Securing Your Competitive Edge”

A full recording of the most recent VALET webinar, “Intellectual Property: Securing Your Competitive Edge,” presented by Michael Haynes of Michael Haynes, PLC, is now available! The entire recording can be viewed via WebEx. Links to the recording, as well as the presentation slides, can be accessed on on the VALET Program’s Resources &… Read more