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Sources of Financial Assistance

Business USA Access Funding Wizard

    • The US Government website wizard that guides users through federal programs available to businesses.

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

    • The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. For details on how the program can help you, click here.


    • IC-DISC stands for Interest Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC). It is a vehicle for small-to-medium-size companies to have up to 85% of its export profits excluded from US taxation

Market Development Cooperator Program

    • Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) awards include financial and technical assistance from the International Trade Administration (ITA) to support projects that enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and services industries. An MDCP award establishes a partnership between ITA and non-profit industry groups such as trade associations or chambers of commerce.

Small Business Administration

SBTDC's Export Financing Assistance

    • The SBTDC's International Business Development (IBD) program provides service to those companies needing assistance with export financing, either pre-export (export working capital) or post-export financing (getting paid for a shipment and/or helping the overseas buyer find financing to purchase a product). 

Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA)

    • Market Access Program (MAP) Branded
      For small businesses that need financial support to launch a branded export effort, SUSTA reimburses up to 50% of international marketing and promotion expenses.
    • Generic Industry Promotions
      For commodities or products not already represented by another promotion organization (i.e. Meat Export Federation), SUSTA helps organize and match a variety of trade promotions at a reduced cost to participants

USDA Programs

    • A host of programs exist to help U.S. exporters succeed internationally, including the Market Access Program, the Export Enhancement Program, and the Emerging Markets Program. For information about these and more federal assistance programs, click here.
    • Additional programs are aimed at commodity associations through Foreign Agriculture Staff, but a clever business person can tap into these programs by working with the commodity associations themselves. To see a detailed list of commodity cooperator overseas operations, click here

United State Department of Commerce

    • Rural Export Initiative - the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Commercial Service provides companies in rural areas with better access to export assistance and global market research by connecting them with international trade services and increasing the number of companies in rural areas engaged in exporting. Contact Greg Sizemore, Director Charlotte U.S. Export Assistance Center

    “A vision without resources is just an illusion.” -Anonymous


NCDA&CS International Trade Office, Peter Thornton, Assistant Director
Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 411, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3153; FAX: (919) 715-0083