Brazilian small and micro enterprises (SMEs) from the state of Rio Grande do Sul willing to participate in international fairs and trade missions will have a much better chance to do it now thanks to some help from a social service known as Sebrae.
The Rio Grande do Sul state chapter of the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae/RS) has issued Public Call nº 01/2010, to select proposals by SMEs and farmers from the state who are interested in gaining greater visibility abroad and, thus, earning greater chances for doing business. The Institution should invest some 1 million Brazilian reais (US$ 545,000) in this project.
The Public Call contemplates companies in the agriculture, food and beverage, metal and mechanical, leather and shoe as well as wood and furniture sectors that may be interested in participating in events, as exhibitors, or in trade missions, with the support of the Sebrae/RS.
According to superintendent Marcelo Lopes, “the Sebrae wants to make a more effective contribution to the process of insertion of small companies from the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the international market. In this respect, we established with sartorial organizations a calendar of the most important fairs in each sector, defined a program for training and significant subsidies to stimulate the participation of companies.”
According to the manager, the organization is also “innovating in the process for selection of companies, through public calls. The opportunities are open to all companies that fulfil the performance requirements published in the call.”
Up to 180 companies should be selected, to receive international business training and the organization of a program to aid and identify the best opportunities in the fair to be visited. Among the objectives are the winning of new markets, partnerships, representation and distribution, recognition of new partnerships and innovation.
The exhibitors selected should have 70% financial support in the purchase of space and assembly, whereas those participating in trade missions should count on 50% financial support in the travel package, including tickets and housing.
The organizers of the Brazilian Tile and Stone Exhibition (Revestir), to take place from March 9 to 12, in São Paulo, estimate that the event should generate a turnover of US$ 150 million in business, according to information just disclosed. Last year, according to the organizers, the fair generated US$ 140 million. The bet for 2010 is for growth of 7%.
According to the organizers, this year’s edition should receive 200 exhibitors, including suppliers of products and services in the area of building tiles. Over 45,000 visitors from several countries are expected.