Congratulations to our 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge grant winners!
Nearly 100 companies, ranging in size from pre-revenue startups to small and established medium-sized businesses, applied for the 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge. The Selection Committee evaluated the applications and selected 28 Georgia companies to receive reimbursement grants of up to $5,000 to apply toward expenses related to building export capacity and activities. The grant winners represent a wide array of industries, including traditional and advanced manufacturing, professional services, food and beverage, and technology companies.
Selection Committee (left to right): Jeff Gapusan, ATDC; Mary Waters, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Bill Seward, UPS; Tiffany Bussey, Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center, George Tracy, U.S. Department of Commerce; Ric Hubler, Aprio; and Darrel Hulsey, Small Business Development Center
What is Atlanta MEC
The Atlanta Metro Export Challenge (Atlanta MEC) is a dynamic grant program designed to engage and challenge metro Atlanta companies to think about their export strategies and to move them to act. The objectives of the program:
- To challenge companies to develop proactive export plans
- To drive companies to action on those export plans
- To increase exposure and awareness for impact of exports in metro Atlanta
Atlanta MEC is a part of the Atlanta Metro Export Plan (Atlanta MEP), which launched in 2015, with the intent 1) to increase the number of metro Atlanta companies that export and 2) to increase the value of goods and services exported from metro Atlanta.
Atlanta MEC is made possible through a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and additional support from UPS and Partnership Gwinnett.
Videos of past Atlanta MEC winners
See how last year’s companies used the grant to help them export.
Hear more from the top five companies:
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