The IMPACT Project is an initiative to assist and grow U.S. exports into the Pacific Alliance block of countries in Latin America: Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.
After winning the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant from the U.S. International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Duquesne's SBDC is able to become your company's consulting arm to grow YOUR business in the Pacific Alliance Countries of Latin America. Our goals are to increase U.S. trade with these countries within a 5-year period, sustain economic growth, support American jobs, and strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. firms, particularly Pennsylvania manufacturers, whose impact on the economy often surpasses that of other industries because of the multiplier effect and higher wages paid to employees. We will accomplish these goals through a variety of consulting and hands-on trade services including trade missions, trade shows, reverse buyers missions, specialized consulting, market research, etc. The grant lasts from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2019. During that time, we will work with the U.S. Commercial Service and tap other resources.
The Duquesne University SBDC, Global Business Program, counts with bilingual personnel who can assist in the following areas:
- Export Consulting online and via phone.
- International Market Research
- "Global Connect" where we make business introductions in Latin America
- Seminars and Webinars
The industry focus are infrastructure-related and U.S. made equipment-related in such activities as mining, construction, water and energy.