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Registration open for new program to help Montana companies develop export plan

October 20, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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ExporTech, a nationally recognized program to help small and mid-sized manufacturers boost their exports, is coming to Montana in November.  

Montana companies interested in doing business overseas are encouraged to register for the remaining spots available in this new program that gives hands-on training in developing export plans.

ExporTech is the only national program that helps companies develop an export plan. The program runs in nine-week sessions for no more than 10 companies each session. Companies receive group workshops in addition to individual coaching with the aim of developing an export plan ready for implementation by the end of the course.

ExporTech will also help companies magnify the benefits of other export programs in which they may be involved, as well as tradeshows and trade missions in which they may participate.

On average, participating companies have generated $770,000 in new export sales in the first year, according to data collected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

This program, which begins Monday, Nov. 16, is offered by Montana State University’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), part of the national Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The program is offered in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, FedEx, the Small Business Administration, the Montana Department of Commerce and the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Registration for ExporTech is now open, but space is limited.

The program will have three full-day workshops in Bozeman in the offices of MMEC on the MSU campus on Nov. 16, Dec. 14 and Jan. 25. Registration for the program is $2,500, which allows a company to send three executives to each workshop. Between workshops, companies are paired with an individual coach to help them develop an export plan.

Interested companies may contact Jenni West, associate director of MSU’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, for more information at (406) 994-3876 or jenni.west@montana.edu. To learn more about ExporTech, visit: www.nist.gov/exportech.

Contact: Jenni West, associate director of MSU’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, (406) 994-3876 or jenni.west@montana.edu