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State Leads Delegation to Arab Health 2016, Awards ExportMD Grants to Companies

​BALTIMORE, MD (January 26, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Commerce is leading a delegation of Maryland companies this week to Arab Health 2016, the world’s second largest healthcare exhibition. Held in Dubai, this is the third year Commerce has exhibited at the trade show, promoting the state’s healthcare assets as well as a number of small and mid-size companies to a global audience.
“The Arab Health show is truly a unique opportunity to reach the decision makers of many of the world’s largest healthcare companies and let them know that Maryland is open for business,” said Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “With more than 4,000 exhibitors from around the globe, this show is also critical to any Maryland healthcare company looking to market their products and services to new, overseas customers.”
The seven Maryland companies traveling to Arab Health this year include AirBoss Defense (Landover); Gould Fiber Optics (Millersville); IOB Medical (Gaithersburg); Life Science Products (Chestertown); Man & Machine (Landover); Pevco Systems (Middle River); and Safe Chain Solutions (Cambridge).
IOB Medical, which has traveled with the Maryland delegation to Arab Health for three years, generated more than $38,000 in new sales from the show.
“Through our participation in this exhibition, we have gained exposure in the Middle Eastern healthcare market, as well as many new customers. Commerce has played an integral role in helping our small company gain international recognition,” said Joe Shia, Vice President of IOB Medical.
In December, Commerce awarded several ExportMD grants to Maryland companies to help them expand into the global marketplace, including Arab Health attendees AirBoss of America, Life Science Products, and Safe Chain Solutions.
“We couldn’t be happier with the help that we’ve received from the Maryland Department of Commerce and their dedication to making sure we have the best possible conference experience,” said Patrick Boyd, Managing Partner for Safe Chain Solutions. “It truly shows that the Hogan Administration is making sure that young companies on the Eastern Shore are being given the same benefits and incentives as those located in larger regions of the state.”
Other companies that received grants in the latest ExportMD round include Biz Solutions 360 Inc. (Owings Mills); BTE Technologies, Inc. (Hanover); Chesapeake Specialty Products, Inc. (Sparrows Point); Chesapeake Testing Services (Belcamp); Gould Technology, LLC (Baltimore City); KoolSpan, Inc. (Bethesda); NIKA Technologies, Inc. (Rockville); Saphira, LLC (Rockville); The Traville Group, LLC (Rockville); and Tricerat, Inc. (Owings Mills).
ExportMD grants are provided to small and mid-size companies on a bi-monthly basis to assist with traveling and marketing costs associated with international trade shows and foreign missions. The next application deadline for the ExportMD program is February 1, 2016 and eligibility requirements can be found on our website.
Maryland’s Office of International Investment and Trade works to stimulate foreign direct investment in the State, offers export assistance for small and mid-sized Maryland companies and coordinates international trade and investment missions and trade show opportunities for Maryland companies. The state also maintains a network of ten foreign trade offices overseas, including China (Shanghai), Taiwan (Taipei), South Korea (Seoul), Africa (Nigeria), Mexico (Mexico City), Brazil (Sao Paulo), France (Paris), Israel (Tel Aviv), India (Delhi), and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). For more information on resources available to businesses that want to market their products or services globally, visit our website.
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The Maryland Department of​ Commerce stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department promotes the State's many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism. Because they are major economic generators, the Department also supports the Arts, film production, sports and other special events. For more information, visit​.