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Global Business Development's 2024 Trade Shows

Every year, our Global Business Development division selects strategic trade shows to showcase Colorado’s many economic strengths that are aligned with the state’s advanced industries. The benefit of attending a trade show with OEDIT is that all booth costs and exhibitor fees are paid, and companies that participate receive a travel stipend to attend the show. 

These trade shows are funded in part by the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), a federal grant from the Small Business Administration intended to support small businesses seeking to develop their international presence and exports. To qualify for the State Trade Expansion Program funding and trade show participation, your company will need to:

  • be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and in Good Standing
  • have headquarters in Colorado or have at least 50% of your employees based in Colorado
  • be a U.S. company seeking to export goods or services of U.S. origin or with at least 51% U.S. content
  • be at least one year old as of the date you would begin using STEP grant funds
  • be new to export or expanding to a new export market
  • have a commercialized product or service to export
  • be export-ready (see below)
  • meet the applicable industry-based small business size standard established by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Apply online in the OEDIT application portal under the “exporting” category. Log in to your account or create a new account. To protect your personal information, we manually add new users to the portal, so it may take several days to activate your account.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is participating in the Arab Health trade show to introduce Colorado healthcare and medical technology products and services to the leading medical equipment exhibition trade show in the Middle East from January 29 to February 1, 2024.

Arab Health brings the healthcare industry together to learn, network and trade and offers exhibitors the opportunity to showcase innovative products and solutions to potential buyers from all over the world. This year, OEDIT will be selecting four companies to exhibit at the Colorado booth at the trade show and receive a $3,500 stipend to help cover travel costs.

Small healthcare and medical technology companies can apply to join the trade mission at no cost through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

Applications to attend Arab Health through the State Trade Expansion Program are open from September 1, 2023 through September 29, 2023 at 11:30 p.m. MST or until it fills up. Apply online in the OEDIT application portal under the “exporting” category. Log in to your account or create a new account. To protect your personal information, we manually add new users to the portal, so it may take several days to activate your account.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is participating in the Photonics West trade show to introduce Colorado electronics companies to attend the world’s premier lasers, biomedical optics and biophotonic technologies, quantum, and optoelectronics event from January 30 to February 1, 2024.

Photonics West is the most important annual event featuring the best in photonics research and technology and brings the industry together to participate and enjoy in-person conversations, impromptu collaborations, and valuable networking with new contacts. This year, OEDIT will be selecting up to four companies to exhibit at the Colorado booth at the trade show and receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover travel costs.

Applications to attend Photonics West through the State Trade Expansion Program are open from October 25, 2023 through November 27, 2023 at 11:30 p.m. or until it fills up. Apply online in the OEDIT application portal under the “exporting” category. Log in to your account or create a new account. To protect your personal information, we manually add new users to the portal, so it may take several days to activate your account.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is participating in the Singapore Airshow to introduce Colorado aerospace companies to the premier trade show in Asia showcasing the latest aviation, aerospace, defense, and space technologies from February 20-25, 2024.

The Singapore Airshow is a global business event, attracting senior aerospace, aviation, space and defense industry, military and government decision-makers from around the world. This year, OEDIT will be selecting up to four companies to exhibit at the Colorado booth at the trade show and receive a $4,000 stipend to help cover travel costs.

The application to attend Avalon through the State Trade Expansion Program opens September 25, 2023 and closes on November 6, 2023 at 11:30 p.m. MST. 
 

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is participating in the JEC World trade show to introduce Colorado composite companies to the only global trade show dedicated to composite materials and applications from March 5-7, 2024.

JEC World brings the composites industry together to learn, network and trade, and offers exhibitors the opportunity to showcase innovative products and solutions to potential buyers from all over the world. This year, OEDIT will be selecting up to six companies to exhibit at the Colorado booth at the trade show and receive a $3,500 stipend to help cover travel costs.

Applications to attend JEC World through the State Trade Expansion Program are open from November 1, 2023, through November 30, 2023, at 11:30 p.m. or until it fills up. Apply online in the OEDIT application portal under the “exporting” category. Log in to your account or create a new account. To protect your personal information, we manually add new users to the portal, so it may take several days to activate your account.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is participating in the Hannover Messe trade show to introduce Colorado advanced manufacturing and hydrogen companies to the most important international platform and hot spot for industrial transformation from April 22-26, 2024 in Germany.

Hannover Messe brings the core industrial sectors together at one location to learn, network and trade, and offers exhibitors the opportunity to showcase innovative products and solutions to potential buyers from all over the world. This year, OEDIT will be selecting up to eight companies to exhibit at the Colorado booth at the trade show in the Hydrogen Fuel Cell hall. Each company will receive a $4,000 stipend to help cover travel costs.

The application to attend Hannover Messe through the State Trade Expansion Program opens December 4, 2024 and closes on January 26, 2024 at 11:30 p.m. MST. Apply online in the OEDIT application portal, under the “Exporting” category. Log in to your account or create a new account. To protect your personal information, we manually add new users to the portal, so it may take several days to activate your account.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is participating in the Green Expo trade show to introduce Colorado renewable energy and cleantech companies to the largest cleantech trade show in Mexico from September 3-5, 2024.

The Green Expo is Latin America’s premier event for cutting-edge, sustainable solutions and technologies in a growing number of markets. The expo brings together companies, environmental experts, government representatives and other experts from different industries to highlight its commitment and exchange information about environmental technology, and develop new solutions for environmental technology. This year, OEDIT will be selecting up to five companies to exhibit at the Colorado booth at the trade show and receive a $1,500 stipend to help cover travel costs.

The application to attend Green Expo through the State Trade Expansion Program opens May 1, 2024 and closes June 1, 2024. Apply online in the OEDIT application portal, under the “Exporting” category. Log in to your account or create a new account. To protect your personal information, we manually add new users to the portal, so it may take several days to activate your account.

More about Global Business Development

The Global Business Development (GBD) division supports Colorado businesses and communities by using a data-driven approach to recruit, support, and retain businesses that contribute to a robust and diversified economy. We regularly host foreign delegations and participates in trade and investment missions around the world to strengthen global awareness of Colorado. 

Our services include:

  • export services and promotions
  • foreign direct investments
  • business recruitment, retention, and expansion
  • data analytics
  • advanced industries accelerator grants

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