Statewide Initiative Boosts Exports
TNTrade launched in December 2011
A new state initiative to boost Tennessee exports was launched in December 2011. The program, TNTrade, is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses grow their export activity and consists of two primary components: the Market Access Program (MAP) and a 2012 trade mission to China and South Korea focused on medical device manufacturers. Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced the launch at a kickoff event at the FedEx Institute of Technology in Memphis. Also in attendance were officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Commercial Service, and Tennessee Small Business Development Centers.
"The TNTrade program is key to our strategy to increase export activity in the state," Haslam said. "It is important to help our Tennessee businesses open up new markets, explore new sources of revenue and find new customers, all of which will improve the overall economy in the state and help us on our way to becoming the number-one location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs."
Commissioner Hagerty, ECD Assistant Commissioner Will Alexander, and other members of the ECD staff explained the program, which is funded by a $375,000 State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
For more information or to apply to receive MAP funds, visit www.tn.gov/ecd/tntrade.
*The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development's mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the number-one location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.
Eligible businesses will be reimbursed for 50% of any one-time export-related expense, up to $5,000.
ECD organized and funded an April 2012 trade mission to China and South Korea for medical device manufacturers and healthcare companies.