Did you know that Absolute Exhibits does nearly 50% of its business with clients from outside of the United States?
We often work directly with the client or with their exhibit house. And because of our relationships with dozens of international exhibit houses, we have a trusted network of partners that can build for us in their respective cities.
We have had our clients’ exhibits built in major trade show cities throughout Europe, including Rome, Paris, Madrid, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Berlin and London.
Clients have also had their exhibits built in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Guadalajara and Santiago, as well as Melbourne, Hong Kong and Macau.
We know what you’re thinking. Why wouldn’t you just go directly to an offshore exhibit house on your own?
Here are a few reasons why you should work with us when exhibiting abroad:
- Multilingual Support – Our staff can support multiple languages, including Spanish, German, Portuguese, Romanian and more. We negotiate in the language, not English, and we have mutual understandings to get to the lowest pricing possible, as quickly as possible.
- Global Network – We have long standing relationships and know the quality of the builders work, as well as their reliability to complete the job on time and on budget.
- Pricing – Pricing outside of the USA in most instances is far less as there are no union fees for building and I&D – AE adds a small percentage to make your project happen and you will still be spending less than an overall project in the USA.
- Project Management – You will not be on your own in a foreign country. Just as we provide project managers to guide you in the USA we do the same all over the world.
Now is the time to relook at your product or service and see how it fits into another country. We are here to help you – just take a look at some of our exhibits abroad.
The STEP Program
If you are considering working outside the USA you might look into a government sponsored program called the STEP Program. This program is a pilot grant initiative, authorized for three years under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The Act authorizes award of up to $90 million in grants over three fiscal years, with up to $30 million to be awarded each year.
The 50 states, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa (‘States’) are eligible to apply for competitively awarded grants covering the period October 2012 – September 2013 (for each state, only the single state agency that has been officially designated as sole entity responsible for conducting that State’s trade and export activities, may apply).
Individual State project award amounts will vary, based on each State’s proposed project plan and budget. In fiscal year 2011, SBA awarded 52 grants totaling $30 million. The average value of awards was $577,000. This program can help you fund your overseas development.