Department of Commerce (DOC) Director Meg O’Leary on Monday joined five companies in celebrating their completion of the ExporTech program at a graduation event in Bozeman.
ExporTech is a national export assistance program administered in-state through the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) at Montana State University. The DOC is an official partner of the program, which helps companies develop export plans.
“By expanding into the global market, Montana businesses can strengthen and diversify sales while building potential to add new jobs,” O’Leary said. “We congratulate these companies for taking this important step toward their future and look forward to helping them put their plans into action.”
The graduates were Olivelle (Bozeman), DPS Electronics (Bozeman), Felco (Helena) and its sister company Montana Hydraulics (Missoula), DaySpa Body Basics (Missoula), and UDAP Industries (Butte).
DOC staff provided market research to all five companies, and each one also received its own coach to assist with completing its plan, market selection, messaging and strategy. DOC staff coached DaySpa, while other ExporTech partners coached the others.
Graduating from the program qualifies the companies to use DOC’s Montana International Marketing Assistance Program grant to offset costs of exhibiting at international trade shows, translating marketing materials into foreign languages and participating in business-to-business matchmaking meetings coordinated by the U.S. Commercial Service.
For more information about DOC’s export programs, visit businessresources.mt.gov/export.
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