West Virginia Department of Economic Development – Export Promotion Program

The Export Promotion Program supports West Virginia companies with identifying new markets for products and services, establishing connections with potential customers and business partners, and navigating the complex world of international trade.


The Export Promotion Program of the West Virginia Department of Economic Development works with small and medium-sized companies located in West Virginia to increase sales to foreign markets through the following activities and programs:

  • Organize trade missions to foreign markets
  • Coordinate West Virginia pavilions at both domestic and international trade shows
  • Administer the WV First STEP – Next STEP grant program 
  • Provide market research to assist in identifying new markets for export  
  • Identify potential business partners, agents, distributors, or end users for a product or service
  • Education and training on export regulations and compliance
  • Export counseling and readiness assessments
  • Solutions for common export problems
  • WV Governor’s Export Awards Recognition



Caitlin Lizarraga                                                          Enybe Diaz

P: 304-352-3997                                                         P:304-352-3957

[email protected]                                           [email protected]



Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Trade Show Financial Assistance (Specialty)
  • Grant Funding Providers (Specialty)

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Certification and Licensing
  • Locating Foreign Distributors (Specialty)
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting (Specialty)
  • Trade Education and Training (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Award Recognition
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • International Trade (Specialty)

Operations and Logistics

  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers (Specialty)

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses


  • International Trade Education and Training (Specialty)
Contact Information
Caitlin Ashley-Lizarraga
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Building 3, Suite 600
Charleston, WV 25305