Market Finder Reimbursement Application
Market Finder Reimbursements will reimburse selected small businesses 75% of the cost of Initial Market Check services for three to five target countries for export development. This service provides an initial assessment of market potential for a product or service in a targeted market by gathering feedback from up to five industry participants and provides a recommendation on whether a company should pursue the target market. The remaining 25% of the cost will be considered a required matching contribution by the applicant. The maximum reimbursement per participating business, per funding year, under this program is $1,500.
The purpose of this program is to assist small businesses seeking to start exporting or expand their export sales to new countries. Participating firms will be expected to follow up with a proposed export strategy to pursue at least one of the target markets based on the results of the study. Proposed export strategies must include the execution of an export marketing activity such as participation in trade shows, sales trips, product demonstrations, website marketing, and the Gold Key Service. Proposed export marketing activities can be funded by the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Program if it is available and all the eligibility criteria is met.
Applicants must demonstrate adequate export readiness, resources and experience to enter or expand into new markets and a high level of commitment to follow up on the results of the market study.
Please answer every question on this application the best you can. You will have the opportunity to clarify or add special notes at the bottom of this form. If you have any questions please contact
WV First STEP Next-STEP Program Coordinator