Grants available for minority and women-owned Colorado businesses interested in exporting

From: Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Deadline Extended 05/31/2017

DENVER (April 27, 2017) - The Colorado Minority Business Office announced today that a new round of export grants are available to minority and women-owned small and medium-sized businesses in Colorado. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to companies that are new to exporting or are expanding into new export markets.

The Colorado Small Business Development Center, in an effort to provide an educational pathway and equip small and medium-sized Colorado businesses to develop a strategic plan for export markets, is covering the cost of the 48-hour course available in-person or via recorded webinar, providing valuable information for small businesses on all aspects of international trade. The World Trade Center and the Office of International Trade are aiding in the selection of grant awardees as well as providing subsequent consulting to the recipients of the grant.

Export grants encourage Colorado's small and medium-sized business owners to develop a strategic plan for export markets. Grants may be used for international business development and marketing projects including client development, foreign trade shows and conferences, trade missions, foreign business-to-business matchmaking services, targeted overseas advertising and more.

Businesses interested in applying for a grant must attend the Leading Edge for International Opportunities course. Completion of the course will provide businesses with certification and complimentary annual membership to the World Trade Center of Denver, and attendance to the 2017 WTC Annual Meeting.

The deadline for grant applications has been extended to May 31st, 2017 at 5 p.m. Late acceptance will be approved based on individual exceptions. To find out if your business is eligible and to apply, please visit