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Maryland Commerce Awards ExportMD Grants to 36 Local Businesses

State program helps companies promote goods, services across the globe

BALTIMORE, MD (September 14, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded 36 small and mid-sized Maryland companies ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. The grants, awarded during the spring and summer months, help businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees and travel expenses. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the department expanded the program to allow grants to cover participation in virtual conferences, as well as assist businesses with growing their customer base through compliance testing, shipping sample products, website translation into foreign languages, and more. Applications for the program are accepted on a monthly basis and the next application deadline is October 1, 2021. Eligibility requirements can be found on the Commerce website.

“These past two years may have impacted international travel, but it has not changed our commitment to helping Maryland companies reach their full potential at home and abroad,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “By expanding the ExportMD program’s scope of eligible services, we can ensure that our companies looking to enter the global market have a reliable resource to help them succeed.” 

As the state prepares to resume in-person attendance at international trade shows this fall, it continues reviewing results from this year’s virtual events. Over the past 12 months, Maryland Commerce has supported 59 companies through participation in virtual trade shows and business matchmaking services. To learn more about international opportunities, sign up for our mailing list here. For questions about upcoming events, contact

“While coronavirus case numbers continued to fluctuate this year, our department reworked its plans to adapt to travel restrictions and virtual events, to continue serving businesses throughout the state,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “I’m proud to say that so far, even with these unexpected changes, the state has assisted nearly five dozen companies in their global expansion efforts.”

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.

Maryland’s Office of International Investment and Trade works to stimulate foreign direct investment in the State, offers export assistance, and coordinates international trade and investment missions and trade show opportunities for Maryland companies. The state has 18 foreign trade offices, including Africa (Durban), ASEAN countries (Singapore), Australia (Sydney), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Canada (Montreal), Chile (Santiago), Mainland China (Shanghai), Colombia (Bogota), India (Delhi), Israel (Tel Aviv), Japan (Tokyo), Mexico (Mexico City), Peru (Lima), Taiwan (Taipei), United Arab Emirates (Dubai), and the United Kingdom (Manchester). The trade offices also include Germany (Heidelberg) and France (Paris), which assist numerous countries throughout Northern and Southern Europe.

March - July 2021 ExportMD grant recipients
Baltimore City
ClearMask, LLC 
Coap Tech Inc.
Fyodor Biotechnologies 
Prolix Music LLC
Sonavi Labs 
Baltimore County
ABIS Solutions LLC
Amani Enterprises Inc. 
BizSolutions 360 Inc. 
Black Fox LLC 
Legends of Learning Inc. 
Mid-Atlantic Auto Exporters, Inc. 
Carroll County
Harford County
Beacon Environmental Services Inc.
Howard County
Ardent Security LLC 
Pocket Planner Inc. 
Frederick County
American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
Celestial Fire Glass, Inc. 
Orases Consulting Corp.
Montgomery County
121 USA LLC 
Biotech Diagnostics LLC 
ELA Enrichment 
Electro-Media Design Ltd. 
Fina Biosolutions LLC
Hyper Local Solutions LLC
MBA Growth Partners 
The Monroe Companies 
Rising Sun Advisors, LLC 
Salmon Medical Innovations
Top Down Systems Corp.
Prince George’s County
77 Winner LLC
Foodservice Contracting LLC 
Haystack Solutions 
Skin Deep Beauty LLC
UniverSahel Consulting LLC 

Talbot County
The Whalen Co.