VEDP International Trade Programs - Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Virginia Tech

VEDP International Trade Programs - Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Virginia Tech

International Trade Programs

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Division of International Trade helps Virginia companies sell their manufactured goods and services to markets around the world. Receiving the nation’s highest award in export promotion for the 2008 President’s E-Star Award, the International Trade Division annually serves 250 Virginia companies and takes over 100 Virginia companies on business trips overseas. It maintains offices in Richmond, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Abingdon and Tyson’s Corner, Virginia and offers a global network of on-call consultants in 30+ countries. Through the Accessing International Markets (AIM) and the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) programs, VEDP works with all types of companies to assist with export activities into new markets. Virginia businesses benefit from these programs and services by increasing their international sales.

VALET : Virginia Leaders in Export Trade

Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) is the VEDP’s marquee international trade program that helps Virginia companies gain a profitable foothold in global markets. VALET combines three essential ingredients—planning, expertise and capital—to generate, on average a 44% increase in international sales opportunities for Virginia businesses. Companies who participate share a commitment to international success with VEDP and private sector service providers. Capital investment by the participating company is enhanced with matching resources from VEDP to meet identified needs.  International professionals provide a match of in-kind services in a concentrated team approach. Attorneys, CPAs, bankers, translators and freight forwarders, contribute skills essential for a successful international launch. Since its inception, over 100 companies representing a wide cross-section of industry have been accepted into and graduated from the VALET program.

On average, companies experience an 88% increase in international sales during and immediately following the program!

To learn more about the VALET program, visit

To learn more about VEDP programs, contact:

Diane Thomas - International Trade Manager

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

16325 Taylor Place, Suite 300

Abingdon, Virginia 24211

Phone: (276) 623-1536


See Also

  • Virginia Trade Port


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Support Programs

Montgomery County businesses can leverage a wide variety of programs that support their efforts to sustain and grow their business.

For more information, contact:
Montgomery County, VA
Economic Development Dept.
Call: (540) 382-5732

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The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (MCDED) offers a number of free and confidential services and resources to help companies large and small. We welcome the opportunity to provide direct assistance to companies interested in starting, expanding or relocating a business in Montgomery County, Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Contact us today!