State Program Graduates 13 Virginia Companies Ready for Export
-Two-year program provides resources to support international business-
RICHMOND - Thirteen companies from across the Commonwealth graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program, touting impressive results from their newly acquired tools to successfully export products and services overseas. The graduating companies were recognized during a luncheon at the downtown Omni Hotel today.
The graduating companies include AMTI Microwave Circuits of the City of Lynchburg; ChemTreat, Inc. and H&A Architects and Engineers of Henrico County; GBX Consultants, Inc. of Stafford County; Interactive Achievement LLC of the City of Roanoke; Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. of the City of Alexandria; Leonie Industries, LLC of Arlington County; MAC Aerospace Corporation of Fairfax County; O’Sullivan Films of the City of Winchester; Qualtrax, Inc. of Montgomery County; SimIS, Inc. of the City of Portsmouth; West River Conveyors & Machinery Company of Buchanan County; and Norris Screen & Manufacturing of Tazewell County.
These companies increased their international sales by an average of 64 percent during their two years in the program. The VALET program now has 260 graduates.
“VALET is a great program that helps Virginia businesses find markets outside of the Commonwealth and the country, which is a key business expansion strategy,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “I congratulate these graduates and thank VEDP for its work on this incredibly important 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.
“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. “The companies graduating this month have put in a tremendous amount of work and demonstrated their commitment to international expansion by taking advantage of the full range of resources offered by the VALET Program. That work has paid off, in the form of increased sales and new international partnerships, and I am confident that they will continue to see a return on their investment in the coming years.”
Currently, the VALET program has 50 companies as participants. New participants in the program have access to $30,000 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 and freight forwarders contribute essential expertise to assist companies in executing their export initiatives. To date, 260 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.
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, United Kingdom, Germany, India, China and Japan.