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Market Entry Program

The market entry program is specifically designed to identify distributors, agents or end-users in targeted foreign markets. Industry trade specialists located in American embassies and consulates around the world schedule one-on-one business meetings with business contacts whose interests and objectives match your company's needs. They determine if demand exists for your company's products and services, research the market and schedule appointments in the selected country. The service is available in more than 70 of the world's best markets.

The program is funded by the Governor's Workforce Board, and administered by Commerce RI and the United States Department of Commerce (US DOC).

Distribution Networks

The program trains Rhode Island companies to build distribution networks in export markets. This is accomplished through specialized training, identifying and scheduling meetings with qualified distributors, agents or end-users in targeted foreign markets, and targeted market research.

Customized Research and Communications

Through this program, experienced US DOC Industry Specialists, located in American Embassies and Consulates around the world, schedule one-on-one business meetings with pre-qualified business contacts whose interests and objectives match a company's needs. The program includes customized country and industry training prior to business meetings; de-briefings to discuss the results of the meetings and determine appropriate follow-up strategies and more.

Fees and Costs

Companies are reimbursed the cost of the customized training; the one-on-one business meetings; and other pre- and post-market entry training expenses.

USDOC fees for this Gold Key Service:

  • A company with less than 500 employees [SME]: Day 1: $700; Additional days $300/day
  • A large company [500 or more employees]: Day 1: $2300; Additional days: $1000/day
  • An SME company New to Export [using these services for the 1st time]: $350; $300/day

Fees are due two to three months prior to departure to the foreign country and will be reimbursed upon return to Rhode Island and the completion of an evaluation form.


Bryant University

The John H. Chafee Center for International Business provides comprehensive international trade services for businesses to expand into international markets.

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