Trade Shows offer State and Businesses a 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.

Rendering 2019 of the Washington State Paris Air Show Pavilion
The Washington State Pavilion at the 2019 Paris Air Show will feature a record number of Washington State companies and delegates.

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.

Upcoming STEP Sponsored Shows

Sept. 22Webinar: Navigating COVID, Leveraging USMCA, Opening New Export Windows to Canada. Learn how to use USMCA to expand your exports to Canada. 10 a.m. PDT. Free.

Sept. 23 – Webinar: Green Gold in Japan – How 4D’s Advance Cleantech Opportunities. At the confluence of 4-D’s, clean tech is gaining momentum in Japan. Join us at this webinar and find out how to explore your export opportunities there. 4-5:30 p.m. PDT. Free.

Sept. 24 Webinar: Road Map to the Brazilian Aerospace Market & Business Opportunities. Opportunities within the Brazilian aerospace sector: local experts share current and future trends and how your business can bring value. 11 a.m. PDT. Free.

Sept. 24 Webinar: Opportunities for Digital Health in Korea. Trends in health IT, big data, genomics, precision medicine, AI, blockchain, telemedicine, consumer health and opportunities in Korea. 4-5 p.m. PST. Free.

Sept. 30Webinar: Opportunities for Digital Health and Robotics in Japan. Japan is the third largest market for medical devices, pharmaceuticals and IVD after the US and China. 4-5 p.m. Free.

Oct. 14-16Medical Japan, Tokyo, (live expo & virtual platform). Japan’s Leading Medical and Elderly Care Show to expand your business in the Japanese/Asian market.

Nov. 16-19 – virtual.MEDICA 2020. The leading International Trade Fair for the Medical Sector. For more details contact Karl Dahlgren at Registration deadline:  October 31

Dec. 1-3 – Oceanology International, London Dec 1-3, 2020 (live expo & virtual platform). World’s Leading Forum for Marine Science and Ocean Technology. For more details contact Tammy Deets at

Dec. 2-4 – Web Summit, Lisbon, Portugal (virtual platform). One of the Largest Annual Technology Event in the World. For more details contact Julie Monahan at

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. 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.