Waldorf company receives ExportMD grant
Thirteen small and mid-sized Maryland companies have been awarded grants from the Maryland Department of Commerce to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. One of those is Waldorf-based MESMO, Inc.
Founded by Olajide Ijadare in 2008, MESMO, Inc. is a privately-held professional, scientific and technical services company involved in government contracting. The company specializes in national security and language support for African, Middle Eastern, and Southeast European exotic languages, according to the company’s website.
“MESMO, Inc. intends to leverage the state of Maryland’s export Initiative programs for small businesses to diversify MESMO’s business base by expanding its services within the Continental United States (CONUS), to Sub-Saharan Africa, and the international markets,” MESMO’s Zandra Isaac, director of administration and finance, said in an email.
The ExportMD grant program helps businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees, brochures and travel expenses in matching grants from $5,000 to $10,000.
“The ExportMD program helps to level the playing field for small and mid-sized companies that want to compete in the global marketplace,” Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said in a press release. “Through this program, we have been able to assist hundreds of Maryland businesses market and sell their products and services to new overseas partners.”
“Companies that use the ExportMD program see a marked increase in sales, which in turn helps them to add new jobs and expand their line of products and services,” Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill said in the release. “This year alone, we have helped dozens of Maryland companies attend high-profile international trade shows that they may have had to chance to access without the funding provided by the ExportMD program.”
Applications are accepted on a bi-monthly basis and the next application deadline is Oct. 1. For eligibility requirements, go to http://commerce.mar yland. gov/grow/expand-to-international-markets. The other twelve companies were from Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Talbot counties, as well as Baltimore City.