Matchmaker Grants Now Available!

By: Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

Register for Trade Mission

 

Enterprise Florida offers Matchmaker Grants to assist Florida small to medium-sized companies generate new sales overseas, increase their sales in existing markets, and expand in new markets. Please note: Qualified applicants must also be registered for the Business Development and Trade Mission to Ireland and the UK

 

Industry Sectors Eligible for Grants –  Manufacturers and Professional Services Providers in:

  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Clean Energy
  • Homeland Security/Defense
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Marine Industry
  • All Other Manufacturing
  • Targeted Professional Services Providers

 

 

Matchmaker Services typically offer:

  • Customized market and industry briefings with qualified trade specialists.
  • Timely and relevant market research.
  • Appointments with prospective trade partners in key industry sectors.
  • Post-meeting debriefing with trade specialists and assistance in developing appropriate follow-up strategies.
  • Help with travel, accommodations, interpreter service, and clerical support.

 

 

Applying for Matchmaker Grant

Qualified Florida small and medium-sized manufacturers and professional services providers in targeted sectors from all regions of the state are eligible to participate in the program. Some of the requirements include:

  • Companies must be located and registered in the state of Florida.
  • Must be in business for a minimum of two years.
  • The product must be produced in the state and services must be provided from within the state.
  • Services providers must be in one of these approved target sectors.
  • Gold Key/Matchmaker Services must be provided by the U.S. Commercial Service; an Enterprise Florida International Office; AmCham, or approved local contractor for similar one-on-one business matchmaker services.
  • Must comply with SBA size standards for a U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key, or have less than 500 employees if the matchmaker service is conducted by another provider.
  • Companies must be at least ONE of the following in order to qualify: New-to-export; New-to-market, or Infrequent exporter to the market.

 

Eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers and professional services providers can apply for a Business Matchmaker Grant from Enterprise Florida, which will reimburse qualified companies $2,500 for matchmaking in a single market, or $2,000 for each market if visiting two.  Once approved for the business matchmaker program, please contact Mr. Chris Munoz, Enterprise Florida Trade Manager at cmunoz@enterpriseflorida.com or 305-808-3386 for an online application.

 

For more information please contact Dan Tapia at dtapia@flchamber.com or 850.521.1206.