FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2014



Suzanne West Clark
VEDP
(804) 545-5806
Roanoke Company Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program
-Two-year export program provides resources to support international business-


RICHMOND - The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced the acceptance of a Roanoke company, Interactive Achievement, LLC, into its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. Launched in January 2002, the program assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export.

Currently, the VALET program has 50 companies as participants. New participants in the program have access to $15,000 in reimbursement funds from the Commonwealth. The program provides participating companies assistance from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet their international goals. Private sector service providers, such as attorneys, web designers, bankers, translators, accountants and freight forwarders, contribute essential expertise to assist companies in executing their export initiatives.

This Virginia company joins the program as part of the 26th class of the VALET program. To participate, each eligible business must meet several quantitative criteria and complete an application process. To date, 220 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.

“The VALET program puts participating companies on the fast track to international business growth by connecting them with the necessary tools for successful export sales,” said Paul Grossman, VEDP Vice President of International Trade. “Since its inception in 2002, the program has worked with more than 200 businesses to accelerate their international sales growth. Because of the program’s proven success and because jobs are created when Virginia companies sell more into global markets, it is important that we continue to assist Virginia companies through the program. We are happy to welcome this company to VALET and look forward to working with them over the course of the next two years.”

Interactive Achievement, LLC
Interactive Achievement (IA) employs former educators to create award-winning, high-quality, and standards-based instructional improvement tools. IA’s products assist educators with making data-driven decisions for raising student achievement in all academic areas. IA provides resources for the education community enabling all to achieve success. For more information visit www.interactiveachievement.com.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization, was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. The Partnership is a state authority, which is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade. VEDP has offices in Virginia, China, Germany, Mexico, Japan, India and the United Kingdom.

To learn more about the VALET program, visit www.ExportVirginia.org.

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