Wal­dorf com­pany re­ceives Ex­portMD grant

Maryland Independent - - Business -

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.

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