Global Delaware is expanding its Strategic Export Program to Colombia, Ireland, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, and has hired new international trade representatives in each country to support export efforts by Delaware companies.

The new representatives will present an overview of export opportunities in their respective countries and be available for one-on-one meetings at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce at Global Delaware’s third annual Meet the Reps event at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, 1201 N. Orange St., Wilmington.

Delaware’s trade representatives work in-country to perform market research and analysis, develop product strategies for market entry, identify distributors and potential customers and provide in-country logistical, translational and related support services on behalf of Delaware companies.

Global Delaware’s strategic export initiative focuses on expanding the state’s export program, offering tactical and practical services to increase exports and create jobs. During the past year, Global Delaware has led business trips to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada and South Korea, generating over $16 million in projected sales. New missions to Canada and Ireland are planned for the coming months.

In addition, Delaware businesses benefited from $275,000 in financial assistance in the form of STEP grants to expand exports this year. The STEP grant is a resource for the state’s export efforts and companies looking to launch or grow their export strategy.

Registration for the Meet the Reps event will open at 8:30 a.m. Delaware trade representatives will provide brief country overviews starting at 9 a.m., followed by one-on-one meetings throughout the morning.

Businesses unable to make this event are encouraged to contact global@delaware.gov to arrange an alternative meeting time.

To register, visit de.gov/reps.