Increased demand, advanced technology, competitive advantage, profitability, market size: these are some of the compelling factors to propel a business internationally. With help from the Prince George’s County EDC International Business Unit, local companies can gain access to the resources and tools to go global.

 

Export Promotion

The EDC is committed to County companies that are striving to increase international export sales as a growth strategy. We work with our federal and state partners to provide resources that help companies identify potential markets, access trade finance products, meet potential international partners, and provide education and information on how to do business overseas.

Inbound Investment

Prince George's County is an attractive location for global business. Located directly adjacent to Washington, D.C., this diverse and upscale metropolitan area is home to 10 million people and offers an array of amenities, including:

  • Unsurpassed mass transit options and highway connectivity

  • Immediate access to the state's flagship University of Maryland campus at College Park

  • Proximity to 15 federal agencies with an annual procurement budget of $100 billion

Prince George's County EDC participates in the annual SelectUSA conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce—the nation's highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. This signature event provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring together companies, economic development organizations, and other stakeholders from every corner of the nation to facilitate business investment in the U.S.

Soft Landing Services

The EDC's Innovation Station Accelerator is a low cost soft-landing solution for international companies considering expansion. The Innovation Station provides access to the EDC's comprehensive services while establishing a foothold in the U.S. market. Services include:

  • Turnkey private office (with Wifi, phone, furniture) or open collaborative space

  • One-on-one professional business mentoring

  • Access to public and private financing tools and incentive programs.

  • Warm introductions and meetings with potential customers.

  • Staff recruitment assistance

  • Assistance with business registration

  • Strategic educational programming

Other International Business Activities

Trade Missions

The EDC has organized several County Executive-led international trade missions, including:

  • Cuba (2016)
  • Brazil
  • India (2011, 2013)
  • China (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Korea (2017)
  • Nigeria (2018)

These trips enable Prince George's County companies to gain an entrée into these markets, identify export opportunities, meet potential business partners, understand the business landscape, and attend trade events.

Sister City Relationships/Friendship Agreements

Prince George's County enjoys close ties with several jurisdictions around the world that foster long-term relationships centered around trade, education, culture, commerce and technology, including:

  • Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa
  • Cheonan City, South Korea
  • Changping, China

Learn more about:

Our international team can provide advice and guidance on the following industries and specialties:

  • International Business Development Services
  • Site Selection Services
  • Foreign Trade Zone
  • Exporting Products
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Latin Business Development Services
  • Soft Landing Services for International Businesses
 

For more information about International Business, please contact:

 
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Martin Ezemma
Director of International Business
301-583-4642
muezemma@co.pg.md.us
 
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Rocio Treminio-Lopez
Latin Small Business Liaison
301-583-4615
rtreminio-lopez@co.pg.md.us