The following article originally appeared here on MDBizNews.

By Amanda Winters.

Eighteen small and mid-sized Maryland companies have been awarded ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. Applications are accepted on a bi-monthly basis and the next application deadline is June 1, 2016. Eligibility requirements can be found on the Commerce website.

This round of companies include S&M Engineering, LLC (Anne Arundel County); Pixelligent Technologies (Baltimore City); AsTec Metalworks, Murray Corporation, SUN Automation Group, and White Swan (Baltimore County); Land Sea Air Autonomy and Land Sea Air Manufacturing (Carroll County); Planar Monolithics Industries, Inc. and WGS Systems, LLC (Frederick County); SURVICE Engineering Company (Harford County); Climate Decision, Results Scorecard, LLC, and Temple Allen Industries (Montgomery County); FasTech Inc. and Quality Technology, Inc. (Prince George’s County); Aviation Systems Engineering Company (St. Mary’s County); and Delaware Elevator (Wicomico County).

Quality Technology, Inc., an IT solutions firm in Largo, recently traveled to Dubai with assistance from the ExportMD program. The company noted that the trip was an educational experience for its entire team.

“The ExportMD program provided Quality Technology with immediate international connections that we would not have experienced otherwise,” said Dr. Judy Dubose, Quality Technology, Inc.’s director of global marketing. “As a result, we are reassessing our capabilities with a more defined focus. It was a great experience.”

In July, Maryland Commerce will lead a delegation of companies to the Farnborough International Airshow, one of the world’s premier aviation and space industry events. Aviation Systems Engineering Company (ASEC) is among the companies attending and plans to extend their services and training options to a variety of international customers.

“The ExportMD grant enables ASEC to develop sophisticated marketing materials, initiate capture efforts, and establish international relationships that will be reinforced by our attendance at the Farnborough Air Show,” said Fred Kuehl, ASEC’s director of business development. “This program is a critical component in expanding our international footprint.”

“The ExportMD program is one of our most successful tools for connecting Maryland businesses with new partners around the world and helping them to create jobs and increase revenues,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I encourage all Maryland companies that are considering doing business internationally to learn more about the funding and guidance offered by the ExportMD program.”

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