Tokyo International Gift Show
2013 Tokyo International Gift Show
Hawaii Pavilion at the 76th Tokyo International Gift Show
September 4-6, 2013 Tokyo International Exhibition Center
The trade show is the largest international trade show in Japan featuring exhibits promoting personal gifts, consumer goods and decorative accessories. The show was established in 1967 and is held twice a year in the Spring and Autumn at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight). The show is supported by the U.S. Commercial Service and draws 2,500 companies in 4,100 booths.
About the Hawaii Pavilion
DBEDT organized an island of 20 booths for up to 40 Hawaii companies to create a Hawaii Pavilion. The Hawaii Pavilion was located in the East Hall of the Tokyo International Exhibition Center. DBEDT identified and contracted with a decorator to design the Hawaii Pavilion with a theme representing a Hawaiian sense of place. Companies were responsible for setting up and decorating their area with their sample displays in keeping with the theme. Japanese interpreters assisted companies during show hours.
Participant eligibility requirements:
For purposes of implementing this program, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) operationally defines the term ‘eligible small business concern,’ as an entity that:
- Complies with SBA size standards found at 13 C.F.R. Part 121
- Has been in business for not less than the 1-year period ending on the date on which assistance is provided under a STEP grant
- Is operating profitably, based on operations in the United States
- Has demonstrated understanding of the costs associated with exporting and doing business with foreign purchasers, including the costs of freight forwarding, customs brokers, packing and shipping
- Has in effect a strategic plan for exporting
Booth space in the Hawaii Pavilion(Hawaii made products) at the following rates:
Half booth = $500
Full booth = $2,250
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|SBA Certification Form||SBA Eligible Small Business Concern Form|
2012 Tokyo International Gift Show
DBEDT recruited a diverse group of 27 small and medium-sized Hawaii companies that showcased some of the finest made in Hawaii gift products at the Tokyo International Gift Show in Tokyo, Japan, from September 5-7, 2012. The Hawaii companies marketed their products to over 190,000 Japanese and international buyers. DBEDT was able to participate in this export-focused trade show due in part to funding from a U.S. Small Business Administration State Trade Export Promotion grant.
State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP)
The Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) received a $703,505 grant from the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase the number of local small businesses that want to export as well as increase the value of exports for small businesses that currently export.
Hawaii’s State Trade and Export Promotion Program, known as HiSTEP, is built on a multifaceted approach that begins with comprehensive export assistance, readiness, counseling and training that to leads a menu of targeted activities designed to generate new export sales for participating small businesses from key industry sectors. The total budget for HiSTEP is $1,012.333. The state and its partners will provide the additional $308,828 in cash and in-kind services.
Companies interested inparticipateing in any of the STEP activities must:
- Meet the federal requirements of an ‘eligible small business concern’ (meet size standards, one year in business, profitable, understand costs associated w/exporting, have export plan);
- Certify that the company is not barred from receiving federal funds;
- Be registered in good standing with the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Business Registration Division; and
- Have a current general excise tax license with the State Department of Taxation.
HiSTEP and its partners have planned the following activities:
- Export readiness sessions to prepare new and existing exporters to participate in the HiSTEP Program activities. Forums and workshops will be conducted by the U.S. Export Assistance Center and the Hawaii Pacific Export Council.
- Development of a Hawaii Pavilion at the 2013 JFW-International Fashion Fair.
- Export mission to Korea in partnership with the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii and the county economic development boards.
- Development of a Hawaii Pavilion at the 2013 Tokyo International Gift Fair.