ESD Commissioner to Lead Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Israel

Global NY is recruiting companies to participate in December 3-7 trade mission to Israel, New York’s 5th largest export market

October 19, 2017

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Commissioner Howard Zemsky will lead a Global NY trade mission to Israel from December 3-7, 2017. Global NY is New York's portal for both foreign businesses looking to invest in New York and for local businesses interested in exporting internationally.

Global NY is recruiting up to 10 New York State companies interested in this key global market to participate and gain access to this “Startup Nation” and major international hub of innovation and technology.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “This upcoming economic development trade mission will reinforce our strong trade relations with Israel, and create opportunities for New York businesses to gain connections and access to this strategic global market.”

The trade mission includes stops in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem. Each participant will receive a customized schedule of B2B meetings with prospective customers and/or business partners. The trip will also include group networking events and dinners in addition to sightseeing and cultural excursions. New York State companies interested in opportunities in the Israeli market are encouraged to register by the deadline of October 31, 2017.

The mission is funded by the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which will reimburse airfare and hotel costs as well as the trade mission fee of $750. To be eligible for a STEP grant, your business must meet the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s criteria (for more information click here). To apply to participate in the trade mission, please complete this form and send it to or call (212) 803-2300 for additional information.

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency ( The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit  and



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