ExporTech – Spring 2020

March 31, 2020
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Hampton Inn, Colchester, VT
42 Lower Mountain View Drive, Colchester, VT (map)


Growth opportunities exist in global markets, but are you struggling to carve out the time and resources to seize them? ExporTech™ could be your answer!

If you are ready to make the investment of time, ExporTech™ can unlock your export growth potential. This 12-week program will give you:

  • A structured export strategy development process
  • The opportunity to participate in the ONLY national program which can assist you in developing an export plan
  • Connections with world-class experts that can assist you in navigating the process
  • Countless hours of saved time in payment processes, property protection, finding the right people to do the work
  • Thousands of dollars in new export sales

Three (3) day-long sessions must be attended by each participant as well as involvement in two (2) individual coaching sessions and the final plan implementation and go-to-market project.  Space is limited to 8 companies, up to 4 executives per company.

Dates, times and location are as follows:

Session 1: Tuesday, March 31; Session 2: Tuesday, May 5
and Session 3: Tuesday, June 9
Each session will be held from 8 am – 5 pm
at the Hampton Inn, Colchester, VT

Through a working partnership between VMEC and Vermont and Federal Agencies, 30 companies in VT have successfully completed this program….are you next??   Nationwide, the ExporTech program has reached over 1,000 companies. Statistics are as follows: Current program numbers: • 196 ExporTech programs • 34 states and Puerto Rico have completed an ExporTech program • 1,006 clients have completed the program and Average impacts: • $500,000 – $700,000 average sales increase / retention per company • $91,000 average cost and investment savings per company • $500 Million in total program sales (new / retained) to date • $12,000 average follow-on sales for centers per client • 5.5 new jobs per company • 70% of companies report sales increase or cost savings.

PLEASE NOTE:  State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grants are available to assist “eligible small business concerns” in entering and succeeding in the international marketplace. Services under the STEP Program are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Please contact Lisa Henderson, VMEC Director of Client Services, at lhenderson@vmec.org or (802) 299-1456 for information on the program or to let us know of your interest.

ExporTech Success Stories Read what five companies who experienced the program learned, walked away with and where they are today in their exporting planning process.  Also, be sure to check out our ExporTech™ blog post, “Opportunities Beyond Our Borders” as well as the event flyer here.

Caledonia Spirits
Hayward Tyler
Norwich University Applied Research Institutes
Liquid Measurement Systems
Superior Technical Ceramics

Read, too, what other companies are saying about their ExporTech™ experience…

“ExporTech certainly gave us confidence to sell our products outside the United States and information for the best way to do it. In addition to the US and Canada, we now sell to the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Italy, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and Australia.  It also connected us with other Vermont companies trying to grow and expand into other markets.  International sales were $300,000 in 2018 and we expect that will more than double in 2019.” 
– Kevin Coleman, CFO, Ann Clark

“ExporTech has opened many doors for our company. In addition to the knowledge we have gained during this experience, we have acquired resources that will continue to aid us as we grow our export business.”
– Sarah Gallant, Supervisor, Export Logistics – Agri-Mark, Inc. Cabot Creamery

“ExporTech gathered in one place the State and Federal government resources that are available to help small Vermont companies supply export markets. It was an eye opening experience to see first-hand the help ready to support Vermont business succeed. Interacting with the other participating companies emphasized that we are not alone in the struggle to be successful at exporting. Hearing the stories of their experience, successes and mistakes, was an important factor in the success of this program.”
– Simon Doran, Sales Manager – Superior Technical Ceramics

Attention Existing and Future International Exporters!

Whether you’re an existing exporter or are likely to become one someday,
we want you to be aware of several special export-related programs that your company may currently be eligible for. Information on these outstanding opportunities is outlined in the title link as well as contact information. Services under the STEP Program are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Companies Who’ve Successfully Completed the VMEC ExporTech Program

Winter / Spring 2014 – Agri-Mark/ Cabot Creamery, Liquid Measurement Systems, Superior Technical Ceramics, Trow and Holden, Vermont Precision Tools, Vermont Teddy Bear

Fall 2014 – HearthStone, LEDdynamics, Manufacturing Solutions, Newport Furniture Parts,  Numia Medical Technology LLC, Turtle Fur Company, Vermont Natural Coatings, Way Out Wax

Spring / Summer 2015 – Country Home Products, Hayward Tyler, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes

Winter/ Spring 2016 – Caledonia Spirits Inc., Newmont Slate Company Inc., Semiprobe Inc.

Winter/ Spring 2017 – Ann Clark Ltd., Bike Track Inc., Cabot Hosiery Mills Inc./ Darn Tough, Green Mountain Antibodies, Hubbardton Forge, Ogee Inc.

Winter/ Spring 2018 – Mamava Inc., Northern Reliability Inc., Skida LLC, Vermont Smoke and Cure

Program Sponsored By: VMEC, the State of Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development Vermont Global Trade Partnership, Vermont Small Business Development Center, the State of Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Vermont Economic Development Authority, U.S. Small Business Administration, NIST MEP, US Commercial Service, FedEx and Stone and Associates.