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Greater Portland’s Training and Scholarship Applications Due on 12/15/17

Growing Small Businesses Globally

Greater Portland Inc expects to offer 15 scholarships to help cover training and travel expenses for entrepreneurs who want to be well prepared for international sales. As part of this program, Greater Portland will work with each firm to develop a customized program that meets the needs of each potential exporter preparing for international sales.

Program FAQs

Who can apply for this training scholarship?

Entrepreneurs interested in reaching new customers through international sales with an existing business in the Greater Portland region should complete the scholarship form. Sign up here.

What will I learn from export training?

This customized spectrum of services will offer you a range of export focused trainings. You only need to take the trainings that are relevant to you.  Trainings themes include export finance, lead prospecting, exporting and shipping, and market analysis.

What happens if I don’t complete a training?

We will only cover 50% of the cost of the training and advising you complete. If you don’t complete a training, we can’t reimburse you.

What if I already export to other international markets?

That’s fine. We’d still love to help you access a new market. Sign up.

Can I substitute training or course work from another service provider?

Yes, but we can only cover training costs when you work with one of our partners (Global Trade Center, SBDC, SBA, Business Oregon or U.S. Commercial Service) listed in the training passport book we give you.

Do I have to do the full Export Pathways training (all seven steps)?

Probably not. It depends upon what the export readiness assessment says. The export readiness assessment is the first step in the process, after you are notified of your scholarship.

How long does each training last?

It depends. Several are 2 hour one-one-one meetings. One is a 30 hour class. And one training option varies based upon how many scholarships we award.

Where does the training scholarship money come from?

Greater Portland Inc was awarded grant funding from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for this program?

If you’re interested in reaching new customers in international markets, you’re a good candidate for this export training scholarship.

Why is Greater Portland Inc organizing this program?

Greater Portland Inc is a public-private partnership working as a regional economic development entity. We want to see firms in the Portland metro region succeed by accessing new overseas markets – it’s good for the economy.