Trade Shows Offer State and Businesses Chance to Expand Into New Markets

Washington State not only competes against the other 49 states in the U.S. for new business and investment, but other cities and countries around the world. Participating in highly targeted, high profile trade shows aligned with our key sectors allows us to showcase Washington's many competitive advantages, from our highly skilled workforce and low-cost energy to our amazing quality of life and culture of creativity.

These trade shows also allow Washington companies to be an official exhibitor in our state pavilion, creating an effective way for them to market their products and services, forge new partnerships and gain new orders.

The 2015 Washington State Pavilion design for the 2016 Farnborough Air Show
The Washington State Pavilion at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show will feature 10 Washington companies as well as representatives from the Department of Commerce as well as economic development organizations statewide.

Join us at our next show

Businesses that have already been part of a Washington State pavilion will tell you that the return on investment is sizable, especially for smaller companies that want to expand their markets or introduce new products or services.

Benefits include: low cost exhibit space, vetted matchmaking meetings with prospects, networking opportunities, special tours and event invites, a pavilion concierge to handle your space when you're at show events and a dedicated meeting room.

For more information, contact an International Trade expert in Commerce's Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness at 206-256-6100 to discuss upcoming shows and opportunities.

Farnborough Air Show

July 11-17
A precision aerobatic team flies in formation at the Farnborough Air Show

A dozen Washington companies as well as eight partnering organizations joined the Washington State Department of Commerce team at this year's Farnborough Air Show, July 11-13 in Hampshire, England.

The 39-member delegation met in round-the-clock meetings with customers, investors and businesses to showcase Washington's robust aerospace industry and court business and orders. At the last two international aerospace shows, exhibitors in the Washington State Pavilion logged more than $7.2 million in new orders and 2015 promises to be another record year in sales for exhibitors, said John Thornquist, Director of the Washington State Office of Aerospace.

Upcoming Shows

Feb. 27 - Mar. 2 - Mobile World Congress.
The world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, MWC is held in Barcelona. Washington ICT companies have the opportunity to co-exhibit with the state, saving exhibiting costs while putting your business in front of tens of thousands of potential partners and companies. Learn more...

Mar. 14-16 - JEC World. Washington and its composite businesses will be at this show, the largest composite industry show in the world to meet with prospective customers, companies and investors. Learn more...

Apr. 4-6 - Aircraft Interiors Expo. Aircraft Interiors Expo is the world’s leading event for airlines and the supply chain looking to source the latest innovations, technologies and products for the cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment and passenger comfort industries. Learn more...

What our partners say...


"The Department of Commerce offers an incredible service to the startup tech community and there's no doubt that their efforts with Mobile World Congress have not only helped drive revenue for our business, but have opened the door to new business that would have otherwise not been there at all. We hope to have the opportunity to work with them again on future collaborations."

Red Russak, Business Development for Apptentive

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"The Department of Commerce did a phenomenal job in assisting mobile technology startups to showcase their advanced mobility solutions at Mobile World Congress 2015. Their continued engagement & the resources they offered to us are invaluable."

Satish Shetty, Founder & CEO, Codeproof Technologies Inc.

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“The show and all the work that Commerce did for us exceeded our expectations. We wouldn’t have gained any business from Farnborough without Commerce.”

Robert Edmondson, Corporate Accounts and Business Development Manager

Need Help?

To learn more about upcoming trade shows and how you can participate, call us at 206-256-6100 or speak directly with a trade expert in the Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness who specializes in your business sector.

Learn more about the role of International Trade in the Department of Commerce as well as its legislative mandates.