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WEDC International Market Access Grant (IMAG) Program

Wisconsin companies can be reimbursed for specific expenses associated with an export project that will help to grow their presence in an international market. This grant program is tiered to provide a base amount of support, with a higher level of support available for companies that have completed ExporTech™.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must:
a. Be an established business operating for not less than one year that manufactures, processes, assembles and/or distributes a product or performs a service with a potential to be exported. The company does not need to be headquartered in Wisconsin but must have export-related operations located within the state and provide economic benefit to the state.
b. Self-certify that at least 35% of the value of the product or of the service is composed of Wisconsin cost inputs. Program staff provide an Excel tool to help determine eligibility upon request.
c. The company must be new-to-exporting (no significant export sales or novice/accidental exports) or participating in market expansion. International market is defined as a country, region, or market channel within a country.
d. The company agrees to a minimum cost-match of 30% of the total grant awarded.
e. Grant funds may not be used for past costs or costs associated with activities funded by a CMAG.
f. ExporTech graduate companies generally may receive no more than six IMAG grants. Non-ExporTech graduate companies generally may receive no more than three IMAG grants.

IMAG assistance categories are generally:
Trade Shows/Venture
Marketing & Promotion
Export Education
Consulting Services

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