FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 08, 2006



Christie Miller
VEDP
(804) 545-5805
Five Virginia Companies Accepted into June AIM Class
-Accessing International Markets (AIM) provides resources to support international business-


RICHMOND - The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced the acceptance of five new companies into the Accessing International Markets (AIM) export development program. The program, launched by VEDP in December 2005, helps Virginia companies pursue international leads in a new market overseas and realize the benefits of exporting.

The five Virginia companies selected to participate in the June 2006 AIM class include Darco Southern, Inc. in Independence, Evergreen Enterprises in Richmond, Hilden America, Inc. in South Boston, Milhous Company in Amherst and Tactical & Survival Specialties Inc. (TSSI) in Harrisonburg. Markets to be pursued by current AIM participants include countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

This brings the total participants enrolled in the one year program to 15. Based on a competitive quarterly application process, 20 companies will be accepted into the AIM program each year with the next class scheduled to start in September 2006.

In addition to valuable capital funding, market research and strategic counseling, the AIM program gives Virginia companies the opportunity to leverage private-sector professional service providers and VEDP-developed relationships around the world.

“The AIM Program jump-starts the development of international business by connecting companies with the practical tools needed for successful export sales,” said Elizabeth Morgan, AIM Program Manager. “AIM capital, public and private sector resources will be used to develop and implement a Market Access Plan (MAP) to help companies systematically sell overseas. The AIM “MAP” approach can be replicated in other markets once participants graduate from the program.”

To learn more about the benefits of the AIM program, or to learn how to apply for the September 2006 class, contact the AIM Program Manager at (804) 545-5768 or visit the programs tab at www.ExportVirginia.org.

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 15-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor. 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, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil and Japan.

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