SCF Partners on Trade and Logistics Challenge Grant

(Bradenton, Fla., February 20, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation and CareerSource Suncoast have partnered on the Trade and Logistics Challenge Grant to help local companies increase exports by providing funds for employee training or customized consulting services.

For-profit companies that have been in business for at least one year and are involved in any export-related activity are eligible and invited to attend a workshop 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Sarasota. Following the workshop, applications will be accepted 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Funded by Workforce Florida, the grant is designed to aid companies that plan to launch or expand the export of goods or services from Florida in accessing new global markets and bolstering international trade to increase Florida's role as an International Trade Hub.

Examples of the types of customized training that will be covered under the grant include:  AST&L Certification in Transportation & Logistics, ISO 9001 & 14001 - Lean Supply Chain, Incoterms 2010 and International Payments, Protecting Intellectual Property, A Basic Guide to Exporting, Export Compliance – ITAR and EAR, Customs and International Logistics, Regulatory and Product Certifications, Identification of Export Opportunities, Market Entry Strategies – Direct & Indirect, International Trade – Tariffs & Landed Cost, Supply Chain Management, Customized Export Training Programs and Understanding Trade Agreements. Pricing will vary by program, but the grant will cover about 75 percent of the training cost.

Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Lee Kotwicki, SCF Workforce Solutions manager, at 941-363-7218 or  Maps and directions are online at

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