President’s Memo

Dear MITC Members and Friends,

Back in 1996, then-Governor King set us forth with a mission to “be the Vice President of International for every small business in the state.”  That can take a lot of forms, and it’s certainly evolved over the past 25 years, but one consistent point has been developing exports and helping businesses discover, approach, and ultimately find success in international markets.

In this issue, we’re looking at export development in 2021, and discussing the tools and strategies that can be used to gather intelligence and leverage MITC’s global networks to find that next customer.

We’re honored to be joined by H.E. Pele Broberg, Greenland’s Minister for Industry, Trade, Foreign Affairs, and Climate, who spoke with Dana about opportunities for business engagement there in light of Eimskip’s partnership with Royal Arctic Lines.  Richard Zurba of Zurcom International joins me for a conversation about current and future opportunities in Africa for small businesses – a topic we’ve been asked about a lot recently.  The feature article includes some great information on public and private sector resources for doing market research and market entry. Finally, don’t miss our inspiring video with DeepWater Buoyancy to hear how one company in Biddeford found new ways to find new business during the pandemic.

International business is a vital strategy on the road to economic recovery post-COVID.  We’re honored to be your partner.

All the best,

photo of wade merritt, president and state director of international trade