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International Global Services

Iowa's Global Presence


The Iowa Economic Development Authority's (IEDA) International Trade Office (ITO) organizes, virtual matchmaking, trade missions, trade shows and in-bound international buyers groups. Iowa businesses can also access international market research through IEDA’s global offices and representatives.

Virtual Matchmaking

To develop new markets, or expand existing, for Iowa products and services.

  • Initial Consultation and Export Readiness Review
  • Market Research/Assessment
  • Pre-Matchmaking Business Briefing/Planning
  • Customized Online Business Appointments/Matchmaking
  • Post-Matchmaking Review/Next Steps

General Market Information

Preliminary market research to help identify market entry or expansion opportunities. Access a variety of data banks, business, economic and political information, trade statistics, directories and more.

Industry/Market Analysis

In-depth market information to determine market potential, competitors, distribution, requirements to conduct business and advertising channels.

Agent/Distributor/Sales Associate Search

Designed to help Iowa companies secure a list of potential collaborative partners, agents, distributors or other sales associates for suitability, capabilities and compatibility.

Customized Business Appointments

One-on-one appointments with prospects or local professional service providers for legal, financial, logistics and other business consulting services.

Follow-Up Services

Assistance with prospect follow-up after an event or meeting in a local language or facilitation of a future meeting and next steps.

Trade Missions

Trade missions offer a cost-effective means to meet potential international customers and representatives. In cooperation with representatives in each targeted country, the ITO arranges business appointments for each mission member with a detailed planning and screening process. Iowa companies receive assistance with direct sales, distributor agreements, licensing arrangements and joint ventures.

Trade Shows

Trade shows can be used to effectively introduce products into a new market or expand visibility in an existing market. These shows provide an opportunity to meet potential buyers, test market interest and evaluate the competition. The ITO consults with Iowa companies to help select appropriate international trade fairs, and assist with show planning and follow-up. At designated shows, companies may share a state of Iowa booth or participate in an Iowa pavilion.

International Events

International Trade Team:

International Relations Coordinator, Partner States Program

Marketing Manager, Agricultural Trade Promotion Programs

International Financial Assistance Administrator

Marketing Manager, Asia/Pacific Trade Promotion Programs

Marketing Manager, Americas & Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Promotion Programs