What is the Florida International Trade Expo?
In October 2020, Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) announced the first-ever Florida International Trade Expo, a virtual showcase of leading Florida export products and services. Florida is the first U.S. state to organize such a virtual trade event. The Florida Trade Expo will take place on March 16-18, 2021.
This global online platform will connect Florida small and medium-sized companies directly with a targeted worldwide business audience of foreign companies interested in their products and services.
While national and global trade organizations have transitioned to virtual trade shows since the pandemic began, no U.S. state has held an exclusive event highlighting its small businesses and industry assets.
The Expo has attracted 180 Florida companies and organizations. Enterprise Florida is targeting 5,000 total attendees from around the world over the course of the three-day event. Visitors will include Agents, distributors, buyers, representatives, and wholesalers seeking high-quality products for distribution and sale in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Africa, Asia and Middle East. Partners supporting the event include the U.S. Commercial Service, EFI’s international offices and several trade and industry associations.
The Expo will use the latest in virtual, thematic event technology, including a grand exhibition hall featuring all Florida exhibitors, a virtual scheduler to request video meetings with exhibitors; an innovation center; a press room; networking opportunities, and informative, topic-specific webinars each morning from 10:00 a.m. ET to 11:30 a.m. ET. Industries will include aviation and aerospace, life sciences, information technology, financial and professional services, manufacturing, and other key industry sectors throughout the state of Florida.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the Florida International Trade Expo, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Who is Enterprise Florida, Inc.?
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the U.S. state of Florida. EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation.
EFI is the state’s primary entity for trade and export development, supporting more than 60,000 Florida exporting businesses. Over the last decade, the total value of Florida’s merchandise trade has nearly doubled, reaching $153.6 billion in 2019.
Florida companies act as key suppliers to buyers in dozens of countries worldwide, shipping goods made locally in Florida, elsewhere in the United States, or in another country. Florida is also an excellent gateway for non-U.S. companies selling their goods to the vast United States market.
EFI also maintains a network of 18 international offices which work to promote Florida exports and foreign direct investment into Florida from their respective markets. Attracted by its large and booming economy, stable business environment, and international workforce, new business investments from around the world pour into Florida every year, making it one of the top U.S. destinations for FDI.
International firms use Florida to access emerging markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the vast U.S. market.
What Businesses are Exhibiting at the Show?
Recruitment of exhibitors for the show will continue over the next few months but we will post an updated list of companies that have reserved their space.
Companies from the following sectors will exhibit:
How Much Does it Cost for Florida Companies to Exhibit?
The registration cost is $1,060 and EFI is offering reimbursable virtual trade show grants for eligible companies to cover the registration cost.
How Much Does it Cost for Visitors to Attend the Trade Expo?
Registration is free for event attendees.
Can Press Attend the Trade Expo?
Yes, attendance to the show is free to the press.
Can I Schedule an Interview with Exhibitors and/or EFI Staff?
Yes, we will share a schedule of exhibitors and EFI staff who will be available to talk with the press in the weeks leading up to the show.