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Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

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The Atlanta Metro Export Challenge (Atlanta MEC) is a year-long program to assist metro Atlanta companies in their global business development efforts. Since its implementation in 2016, the program has supported more than 100 metro Atlanta businesses with over half a million dollars in financial support and counseling. The continued support of our economic development partners and Atlanta’s business community makes this one of the largest economic development initiatives in the region.

Through the program, selected companies receive a $5,000 reimbursement grant that can be used for expenses related to their international business growth. They also benefit from a tailored mentorship program to assist in the development of global sales plans and go-to market strategies.

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Congratulations to the 2021 Metro Export Challenge Cohort!

Company County Industry
Aquagenuity Inc. Fulton Information
Astral Brands Fulton Retail Trade
Banyan Hills Technologies Gwinnett Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Blind Tiger Communications Fulton Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Emrgy Inc Fulton Manufacturing
Foundry 45 LLC Fulton Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
GIS WebTech LLC Forsyth Information
IML Corp. Cobb Manufacturing
JETAIRE GROUP Fayette Manufacturing
Safely.com Fulton Finance and Insurance
spectrum international group LLC Fulton Wholesale Trade
United Soft Plastics, Inc. Gwinnett Manufacturing

Grant Eligibility

To be considered for grant funding, an authorized representative of the company must certify that the applying company is eligible to receive an Atlanta MEC grant under all of the following elements of SME eligibility:

Small Business Administration Standards

Eligibility

Small Business Administration Standards

Eligibility

Company complies with Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards found at 13 C.F.R. Part 121

Number of Full-time Employees

Eligibility

Number of Full-time Employees

Eligibility

Company has at least two employees

Years In Business

Eligibility

Years In Business

Eligibility

Company has been in business on or before May 17, 2020.

Location

Eligibility

Location

Eligibility

Company is registered in the State of Georgia with HQ in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area

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Content Requirement

Eligibility

Content Requirement

Eligibility

Company’s products and/or services are at least 51% U.S. content (as proportion of total COGS)

Necessary Documentation

Eligibility

Necessary Documentation

Eligibility

Company is a for-profit business and has a valid W-9 and a Company Control Number with the Georgia Secretary of State

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Companies that are certified as a women business enterprise (WBE), a minority business enterprise (MBE) or a veteran-owned business are especially encouraged to apply.

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