Join metro Atlanta business and trade leaders to hear how your company can win up to $5,000 toward boosting its global sales strategy. In a later pitch session, first-round winners will vie for additional grants of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000.
During this networking soiree and info session at Atlanta’s Red Brick Brewing, you’ll hear from a few of the 38 companies that last year took home a combined $225,000 in grants as part of the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge — and how you can follow in their footsteps.
Our host, Red Brick Brewing, used the money to build ties with South Korea, where it now has a distributor selling a customized brew suited to local palates. Other companies used the cash to attend trade shows, make overseas client visits or internationalize their websites.
Supported by Chase and UPS, the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge (Atlanta MEC) is designed to help local companies develop proactive international business sales plans and craft strategies to act on them.
Here’s how it will work this year:
During round one, 25 businesses will receive reimbursement grants of up to $5,000 that may be applied to expenses relating to building their export capacity and activities. Winners will be announced by the challenge organizers and highlighted as part of Global Atlanta’s Export Stories event later this year.
Round two of Atlanta MEC will feature eligible finalists in a Pitch Day competition, in which the companies will present their export plans to a panel of judges. The top three companies to emerge from Pitch Day will receive additional grants of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000.
Come mingle with other exporters and enjoy a beer from one of Atlanta’s finest (and most export-oriented) craft brewers while learning how to apply for this important grant and how to get your company featured on Global Atlanta, which later in the year will be publishing an Export Stories special report.