Ten companies from across the Commonwealth graduated Wednesday 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.
July’s 10 graduating companies include Aeroprobe Corporation of Montgomery County; The C.F. Sauer Company of Richmond; Donoma Software of Bedford County; Dr. Lucy’s, LLC of Norfolk; Ideal Innovations, Inc. of Arlington; Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA of Portsmouth; Neuman Aluminium Impact Extrusion Inc. of Waynesboro; Tracen Technologies, Inc. of Manassas; Vehicle Control Technologies, Inc. of Fairfax County; and VitaTech Electromagnetics, LLC of Stafford County. Collectively, these companies have increased their international sales by 59 percent during their two years in the Program. The VALET program now has 169 graduates.
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 $15,000 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, 220 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.