WV: Promotional Funds Boosting Small WV Companies' Export Sales

News Date: 09/14/2010

The Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) is now accepting applications for the 2011 Branded Program. U.S. exporters are tapping into marketing resources like the Branded Program and expanding their businesses in what most would consider tough times. SUSTA provided Market Access Program (MAP) Branded funding to more than 70 small firms in 2009, with participants reporting nearly $95 million in sales as a result of their promotions. The MAP Branded Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) and administered to southern U.S. companies by SUSTA. West Virginia is a member of this regional trade group, and eligible firms are encouraged to apply for funding.
 
West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass is a founding member of the organization and serves on its board of directors.  For more, click
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