Trade Missions & Trade Shows

In order to help Kansas small businesses to establish direct contact with foreign buyers and distributors, form resource networks, and gain firsthand knowledge of market opportunities and business environment, the Kansas Department of Commerce is offering the following trade show opportunities:

Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany (April 25 – April 29, 2016):
As the world's largest industrial technology trade show, the Hannover Messe provides small businesses with opportunities to connect directly with more than 200,000 attendees, reach a global audience from more than 70 countries and more than 100 business delegations, and connect across industry sectors, such as industrial automation and IT, energy and environmental technology, industrial supply, production engineering and services, and research and development. In addition, the U.S. will be the partner country in 2016, offering expanded marketing opportunities for U.S. exporters. The Kansas Department of Commerce will provide exhibit opportunities under the U.S. Pavilion or Kansas Pavilion to eight eligible small businesses from the above sectors at the show. Each participating company will receive exhibition assistance, and travel assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement.

Farnborough Air Show, Farnborough, England (July 11 – July 17, 2016):
The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is a global showcase for the aerospace industry and its reputation alone attracts a vast international audience. It provides the most diverse range of exhibitors from core sectors of the aerospace industry: Civil, Military, Space, Manufacturing Technology, Rotary and MRO. With over 1500 exhibitors from all over the world, it's a very effective and efficient way to meet with potential customers and suppliers. FIA is one of the biggest and best opportunities for the global aerospace community to come together. To support eligible small businesses in the aerospace industry, the Kansas Department of Commerce will provide exhibit opportunities under a Kansas Pavilion to six Kansas aviation companies. Each participating company will receive exhibition assistance, and travel assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement.

U.S. Department of Commerce organized trade missions (September 30, 2015 – September 29, 2016):
The U.S. Government, in keeping with the National Export Initiative, is committed to sponsoring an unprecedented number of trade missions focusing on the most innovative and competitive sectors of the U.S. economy. These trade missions are overseas programs for U.S. firms that want to explore and pursue export opportunities by meeting directly with potential clients in their markets. The Kansas Department of Commerce will provide 11 funding opportunities to assist eligible small businesses participating in U.S. Department of Commerce organized trade missions. A list of approved trade missions can be found by clicking on the link above. Each participant will receive up to $3,500 in assistance towards trade mission cost in the form of post-activity reimbursement.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will organize three trade missions to allow a total of 15 eligible small businesses to explore export opportunities in the following markets:
  • PetFood Forum Asia
  • People’s Republic of China
  • East Africa
For more information about the Kansas Department of Agriculture's trade shows, please visit Kansas Department of Agriculture's STEP program page or contact Ms. Suzanne Ryan-Numrich for more information:
  • Suzanne Ryan-Numrich
    International Trade Director
    Kansas Department of Agriculture
    (785) 564-6704
Eligible small businesses must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:
  • Meets SBA’s ESBC standards.
  • Must be a Kansas company.
  • Product must be produced or value added in KS.
  • Not a service provider, such as consulting companies, law firms, financial institutions, distributors representing clients, etc.
  • *In order to participate in trade shows and trade missions, a new-to-export participant must complete necessary trainings provided by our federal or local resource partners.
Other program requirements:
  • Participants agree to provide information to substantiate their application, reimbursement request, post-activity follow-up report or any other documentation that the STEP manager may request.
  • Requests for reimbursement, accompanied by supporting documentation, must be made within thirty (30) days of the last day of the funded activity.
  • Cannot be combined with the Kansas International Trade Show Assistance Program
To apply for participation in foreign trade shows and missions, please download and complete the Kansas STEP Activity Application and the Kansas STEP Export Readiness Questionnaire.