MDA to host business development mission to Israel March 17-22

From The Mississippi Link Newswire

JACKSON – The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a delegation of state business leaders on a business development mission to Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, Israel from March 17-22, 2012. The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses looking to expand trade and create business relationships to prospective partners in Israeli markets.

During the business development mission, delegates will meet one-on-one with qualified agents and distributors regarding their products and services.

Mississippi firms can take advantage of administrative support before, during and after the event. Participants will receive scheduled pre-qualified appointments with buyers, distributors, agents and brokers; local transportation assistance; a customized itinerary and language interpretation services. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in Tel Aviv.

Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying small businesses to offset certain costs related to the trip. Qualifying businesses will receive substantial financial incentives, including up to 50 percent of travel costs and gold key service reimbursements, as well as translation services, at no cost, through the Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant program.

Interested parties can visit to learn more about the agency’s international marketing services and events or to request a consultation with an international trade specialist.

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