Program Provides Export Assistance and New Trade Opportunities for Small and Medium-sized Businesses

Seattle, Wash. (February 14, 2024) – Greater Seattle Partners (GSP) today announced the launch of Cohort 2 of the Greater Seattle Export Accelerator (GSEA), continuing its mission to empower local businesses and drive economic growth through international trade.

GSEA is a dynamic export assistance program designed to equip businesses in Snohomish, King and Pierce County with the tools and resources needed to expand their reach in the global marketplace. Through a comprehensive curriculum, in-person export advising, and networking events, the accelerator aims to catalyze international trade for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

How to Apply:

Interested companies must submit a completed application to be considered. Applications are due March 24th and can be found at

“The results from our first cohort exceeded expectations with participants not only stating that the program has made them much more capable of executing export strategies, but that it will also help them expand their export initiatives into two or more countries,” said Josh Davis, chief economic development officer and SVP of Greater Seattle Partners.  “Exporting is an important growth opportunity, and we are very pleased to be able to continue offering assistance to help innovative high growth small businesses compete and win business in the international marketplace.”

Cohort 2 Launch Highlights:

  • Innovative Curriculum: Cohort 2 participants will engage in a robust curriculum covering international market research, export compliance, logistics, and cultural intelligence.
  • Expert Mentorship: Proven industry experts and successful exporters will serve as mentors, providing invaluable insights and guidance to cohort participants.
  • Networking Opportunities: Cohort members will have exclusive access to a network of fellow entrepreneurs, government officials, and international trade experts, fostering collaboration and partnerships.
  • Global Market Insights: Sessions will include discussions on emerging markets, trade policies, and global economic trends to ensure participants are well-informed about international business dynamics.
  • Complimentary Registration: GSEA provides this complimentary program with the generous support of regional, state and federal public/private economic development partners and export service providers to strive for a cohort that is representative of the diversity of the region.

About GSEA

GSEA was seed-funded by GSP’s award-winning model for the SBA’s 2023 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and supported by its investors across the region. Participants receive instruction through six export modules that include assessing finance capabilities, selecting target foreign markets, and addressing supply chain needs. For more information visit


Greater Seattle Partners (GSP) is a public-private partnership that leads regional economic development through global business attraction, site selection and investment and trade opportunities in the Greater Seattle region. GSP collaborates with community and economic development partners to ensure that every person in the Puget Sound region has the opportunity to prosper. We strive to attract and retain quality family/living wage jobs across all communities of the region. Throughout the world we tell the story of our talent, pioneering spirit, unique communities, and quality of life. For more information visit


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