Maryland Commerce program helps companies promote goods, services globally
BALTIMORE, MD (May 29, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded 34 small and mid-sized Maryland companies with ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. The ExportMD grant program helps businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees, brochures, and travel expenses. Applications are accepted on a monthly basis and the next application deadline is June 1, 2019. Eligibility requirements can be found on the Commerce website.
“Our administration is committed to creating jobs and new opportunities for our citizens, and the ExportMD program is a great example of how the state is partnering with our small and mid-sized businesses to help them expand globally and diversify their customer base,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Through this program, we have been able to help companies in every region of our state find new global partners, helping to boost their sales and expand their operations.”
“The ExportMD program is one of the most powerful tools we offer to help Maryland businesses connect with new global markets,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “The program not only helps companies promote their products and services at international trade shows they otherwise may not be able to attend, but also offers expert guidance in navigating foreign trade and investment practices.”
Among the companies included in this round of grants are Securityhunter, a government security solutions provider that recently traveled with Maryland Commerce to Mexico City as part of our state-led delegation, and Galen Robotics, a Johns Hopkins University spinout that is traveling with the Maryland delegation to BIO 2019 next month.
“The state of Maryland not only helped us exhibit in Mexico, but also made appointments for us to meet with U.S. Embassy staff and prospective Mexican partners. As a result, we are working with the embassy to roll out our ‘Train the Trainer’ program in the fall of 2019,” said Michael S. Rogers, CEO of Securityhunter. “We know we wouldn’t have been in Mexico without Maryland Commerce’s ExportMD program.”
“The financial assistance offered by the Maryland Department of Commerce is of enormous value to small start-up companies like ours, as we focus our cash on continuing research and development,” said Dave Saunders, co-founder and CTO of Galen Robotics. “We look forward to continuing to expand our network around Maryland as we attend the Bio International Convention 2019.”
Established in 1999, the ExportMD program provides matching grants up to $5,000 from Commerce’s Office of International Investment and Trade. ExportMD is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, which has awarded multiple State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grants to Maryland Commerce to help fund the program.
January-April 2019 ExportMD grant recipients
Anne Arundel County
Garrett Park Guitars
Identity Checkpoint, Inc.
Baltimore Cyber Range, LLC
PTC Foods LLC
Longeviti Neuro Solutions
Plant Sensory Systems, LLC
Total Child Health, Inc.
Air Clear, LLC
Beacon Environmental Services, Inc.
Ennoble First Inc.
KES Engineering Inc.
Top Travel, Inc.
LaMotte Chemical Company
Biotech Diagnostics LLC
Dinocrates Group LLC
Goldfarb & Associates, Inc.
Richard S. Carson & Associates, Inc.
RIFE International, LLC
WCC International, Inc
Prince George’s County
Hawkeye Medical, LLC