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Membership & Benefits

SIDO Membership

SIDO is the only national organization dedicated to supporting state trade and investment programs. Through SIDO, state international trade professionals are able to share best practices, access professional development activities, and advocate the interests of their agencies.

Benefits of SIDO Membership

  • Advocacy – SIDO is the voice of state trade professionals in Washington D.C., advocating for greater state-federal collaboration to ensure America remains competitive with trade assistance programs that are client focused and client driven with minimal bureaucracy and duplication. SIDO enjoys open dialogue with the Department of Commerce and specifically the U.S. Commercial Service and Invest in America office who engage on a regular basis with the SIDO network. As well as federal agencies, SIDO facilitates dialogue with Congress and with other national associations on the issues that matter most to state trade professionals.
  • Networking – SIDO’s meetings, conference calls, training seminars and other events offer an unparalleled opportunity for trade professionals to share best practices on performance measurement, trade missions, and a host of other topics. SIDO is the only national convener of state trade professionals, providing exchange with a wealth of national, state and local trade orientated organizations such as local chambers, academic institutions, foreign economic development organizations and overseas office associations. As an affiliate member of the Council of State Governments, SIDO offers members the unique opportunity to get to know their state legislative delegation and identify their international champions at CSG meetings which members can attend at a discounted rate.
  • Training – SIDO organizes formal training seminars for state trade professionals and provides opportunities for state employees to attend training programs organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Training and professional development opportunities are available to members directly through SIDO and partner organizations. In conjunction with foreign government organizations, SIDO conducts business missions to other countries at a reduced cost to members.
  • Resources – SIDO utilizes surveys and other studies to provide trade agencies with up-to-date information on program management trends, funding opportunities, and best practices. Member states have instant access to up-to-date news and information on program management trends, funding opportunities and specifically tailored data. SIDO conducts an annual survey of all states which provides information to members on business models; clients; services and fee structures; overseas offices; program budgets and performance measurements. The members section of the SIDO website facilitates dialogue between state trade professionals between SIDO meetings. Members can post questions and ask for assistance from counterparts in other states by using the live message board. Members can download surveys, reports and data as well as access examples of best practice from presentations to fee structures and trade mission publications. Content is member driven - members can directly upload documents and share useful resources with the SIDO network. 

Membership Levels

Full Membership ($2200)

Open to organizations acting as lead economic development agency for individual states/regions)

  • Discounted registration fees for SIDO Annual Conference and events
  • Access to all SIDO Annual Conference sessions and committee meetings
  • Eligible to run for vacant SIDO board positions (two per region)
  • Regular updates on SIDO activities and advocacy initiatives
  • Access to members-only section of the SIDO website