Business Resources

Global Expansion for Maryland Businesses

Are you a Maryland business owner who is interested in exporting or expanding into global markets? Explore the resources provided below to learn more.

Global Expansion Resources


ExportMD  is a collaboration between the Maryland Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Its goal is to help offset some of the costs of marketing internationally for Maryland's small and mid-sized companies by offering companies up to $5,000 in reimbursement for expenses associated with an international marketing project.

Global Consulting Program

The Maryland Global Consulting Program  gives Maryland companies the opportunity to work with high-achieving students from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. To apply, contact Paul Beatty at

FlexEx Program

The FlexEx Program offers Maryland companies up to 20 hours of assistance per year from international trade experts at the Maryland Department of Commerce. Assistance can be used for services ranging from distributor or partner search to insight on local regulations. Assistance must directly relate to export products or services. For more information, contact Deb Defazio at or 410-767-3393.

Global Gateway Program

Maryland maintains partnerships around the world and can assist business owners with soft landing connections in other markets in which a business might be seeking to expand. Maryland Commerce has more than 15 active partnerships through the Global Gateway program. Contact Jessica Reynolds at for more information.

Foreign-Trade Zones

A Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) is a designated area within U.S. borders that promotes domestic employment and helps U.S. firms compete in the global marketplace. A FTZ is located in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry, where foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered to be international commerce. Foreign or domestic merchandise may enter this enclave without a formal customs entry or the payment of custom duties or government excise taxes.

Maryland FTZs include:

19 Foreign Offices

Maryland has a network of 18 international trade offices overseas. Representatives within these offices help Maryland companies explore overseas markets and attract foreign companies to the state. Maryland has representation in the following countries:

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  • Africa
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

Maryland's Foreign Office Footprint 

Trade Shows & Missions

Representatives from the Maryland Department of Commerce's Office of International Investment and Trade seek to connect Maryland companies to new opportunities in foreign markets through trade shows and missions. We invite Maryland companies to participate in these events, which help open doors to meet new customers and partners from around the globe.

Additional Services & Resources

Additional services available through the Maryland Department of Commerce include: international and industry research, marketing products and services abroad, assessing requirements for export documentation, opportunities to participate in foreign trade shows and missions, and making business connections. The following organizations also offer resources to help businesses expand their global footprint:

Connect with a Global Business Expert

The Maryland Department of Commerce has staff members who specialize in global expansion in specific regions around the world. Please contact the following representatives to learn more about opportunities that exist in each area.

India, Southeast Asia, Australia

Mia Romeo


UK, Africa, Middle East

Brian Castleberry


The Americas

Michael Howley



Andrew Kreinik


East Asia

Hui-Min Tzeng


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