Economic Development

Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

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About the Metro Export Challenge

The Atlanta Metro Export Challenge is a regional grant program designed to engage and challenge small-to medium-sized companies in metro Atlanta to think about their international expansion and to encourage action.

The program works to challenge companies to develop proactive international sales plans for their products and services, drive companies to implement plans, and increase exposure and awarenss for the impact of exports of services and products in metro Atlanta.

Each grant receipient receives a reimbursement grant of $5,000 that can be used for expenses related to growing international sales. Grant recipients also benefit from a series of workshops and meetings that assist in the development of global sales plans.

Metro Export Challenge Pitch Day on November 14, 2019

Every year, five current grant recipients get the chance to pitch for a total of $35,000 in additional grant funding. Join us for an evening of live music, food and drinks and see this year's finalists Skillshot Media, Vital 4, Delta Sigma Company, Compass Technology group, and LivFul compete live on stage for the additional funding.

The evening will also feature the kick-off of the 2020 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge. 

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Grant Eligibility

To be considered for grant funding, an authorized representative of the company must certify that the applicant 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

Complies with Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards found at 13 C.F.R. Part 21

Number of Employees

Eligibility

Number of Employees

Eligibility

Has at least three employees

Business

Eligibility

Business

Eligibility

Has been in business on or before June 20, 2018.

Preference will be given to companies located in the metro Atlanta area that have less than $50 million in annual revenue. Additional consideration will be given to companies that are certified as a women business enterprise (WBE), a minority business enterprise (MBE) or a veteran-owned business.

MEC Applications

Applications for the 2020 Metro Export Challenge will open later this year.

2018/2019 Export Challenge Grant Recipients

Company Name County Industry Sector
AreoSafe Products, Inc. Gwinnett Aviation
AGRI International LLC Cobb Agriculture
AKESOgen, Inc. Gwinnett Bioscience and Healthcare
Alexander Babbage, Inc. Fulton Internet Services
Americo Manufacturing LLC Bartow Manufacturing
Atlantic Pacific Agricultural Co., Inc. Fayette Manufacturing (Agriculture)
Black Mermaid's Handcrafted Soaps & Products Gwinnett Manufacturing
Brandon Hall School Fulton Education
Cognosos Fulton Technology (IoT)
Compass Technology Group LLC Fulton Technology
DataSeers Fulton Internet Services
Delta Sigma Company Cobb Manufacturing and AI
Discover Destinations Gwinnett Hospitality & Tourism
Enviropouch® Fayette Medical Devices
Eva Jane Beauty LLC Fulton Consumer Goods
Florence Healthcare Fulton Internet Services
Women's Telehealth Fulton Bioscience and Healthcare
Goza Tequila Fulton Consumer Goods and Services
LivFul Forsyth Bioscience and Healthcare
LTL IT Gwinnett Internet Services
Maria Beug-Deeb Inc., dba T&M Associates Fulton Business and Professional Services
Micro C Imaging Fulton Bioscience and Healthcare
MuniRem Environmental, LLC Gwinnett Utilities and Environment
Pacesetter Graphic Cobb Manufacturing
Poriferous LLC Coweta Medical Devices
Quantam Pharmaceutical Supply & Services LLC Forsyth Bioscience and Healthcare
Skillshot Media Fulton Sports and Entertainment (esports)
Tecme Corporation Gwinnett Medical Devices
Universal VAT Services Fulton Finance and Insurance
Vital4 Cobb Technology (Fintech and Regtech)
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