Seven businesses from Gwinnett County are in the running to win grants from the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge to begin or boost their exporting programs.
Partnership Gwinnett officials announced which local applicants won in the first round on Friday. The program awards 35 grants worth a total of $210,000 to wining companies, and the Gwinnett-based economic development group said 70 businesses applied this year.
Partnership Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Chamber are two of the five groups and governments who implement the challenge in partnership with JPMorgan Chase. The Georgia Department of Transportation, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the City of Atlanta also help implement the program.
“With Gwinnett being one of Georgia’s global hubs for business, we are proud to partner on this effective initiative,” Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett Senior Vice-President Nick Masino said in a statement.
The local winners are AdEdge Water Technologies, Guided Therapeutics, i-Tech e-Services, Lose and Associates, Pure Air Filtration, Triatek Holdings and United Controls Inc.
“We are honored to be selected to be one of several companies recognized as leading the effort to increase the Atlanta Region’s presence on the world stage,” Lose and Associates Vice President Whit Alexander said in a statement. “As a company that provides a wide variety of architectural and engineering design services, we see unlimited potential for growth in overseas markets and are excited about the opportunities the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge provides us.”
AdEdge Water Technologies CEO Rich Cavagnaro added, “We are excited to be selected as a first-round winner in the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge. Exporting plays a significant role in our company’s vision, and this grant will allow us to expand our reach in providing water treatment solutions overseas.”
The local companies, as semifinalists, will each receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement grants that will help them cover the cost of building up their exporting capacities and activities, according to Partnership Gwinnett.