State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and CareerSource Suncoast have partnered to help local companies increase exports by helping pay for employee training or customized consulting services.
The money for the program will come through a Trade and Logistics Challenge Grant.
For-profit companies that have been in business for at least one year and are involved in any export-related activity are eligible and invited to attend a workshop 7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 27, at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E. Following the workshop, applications will be accepted 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Funded by Workforce Florida, the grant is designed to aid companies that plan to launch or expand the export of goods or services from Florida. Workforce Florida's mission is to access new global markets and bolster Florida's role as an International Trade Hub.
Examples of the types of customized training that will be covered under the grant include: AST&L Certification in Transportation & Logistics, ISO 9001 & 14001 - Lean Supply Chain, Incoterms 2010 and International Payments, Protecting Intellectual Property, A Basic Guide to Exporting, Export Compliance - ITAR and EAR, Customs and International Logistics, Regulatory and Product Certifications, Identification of Export Opportunities, Market Entry Strategies - Direct & Indirect, International Trade - Tariffs & Landed Cost, Supply Chain Management, Customized Export Training Programs and Understanding Trade Agreements. Pricing will vary by program, but the grant will cover about 75 percent of the training cost.