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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2002
  Contact: Victoria Park
(202) 482-0310

COMMERCE AWARDS $2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP BUSINESSES EXPORT
Nine U.S. Non-Profit Organizations Receive Commerce's MDCP Awards

The U.S Department of Commerce has awarded $2 million in financial assistance to nine U.S. non-profit organizations that work with small- and medium-sized businesses to help them expand their exports to international markets.

"These awards give businesses the jump start they need to export their products," said Linda Conlin, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development. "This is another example of this Administration's commitment to expand trade, create jobs and help businesses succeed."

The funds are made available through the Commerce Department's Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), a public-private partnership developed to help small-and medium-sized U.S. firms expand exports that support jobs. The MDCP is a competitive matching grants program that builds partnerships by providing federal assistance to non-profit organizations involved in export promotion. Awards are limited to $400,000 each.

Basic information about the winning organizations is listed below.

MDCP Award Winner
St
Industries Markets
Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.
VA
Any industry that relies on e-commerce. Europe, Japan, Korea, China, South America, and Southeast Asia.
IPC, Inc.
IL
Electronic interconnection (including circuit boards, etc.). China.
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
FL
Service industries. Latin America.
U.S.-Thailand Business Council
DC
Franchises. Thailand.
NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies
VA
Printing and associated equipment. China.
San Diego World Trade Center
CA
Telecommunications and bio-medical devices. Phillipines, Vietnam, China, Japan, and Korea.
CU Business Advancement Center
CO
Environmental technology. China.
Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
OH
Wood products. Spain and Mexico.
Western States Tourism Policy Council
AZ
AZ Travel and tourism. U.K., Germany, France, Netherlands, Japan, and Korea.

For more information about the Market Development Cooperator Program, please visit www.export.gov/mdcp.

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