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  • The Washington State Department of Commerce offers export vouchers to eligible small businesses to help pay for the costs of finding new customers in foreign markets.

    Up to $5,000 per voucher is available to help defray costs such as designing and printing flyers for foreign markets, translating web content or marketing materials, attending a trade show, or flying internationally to visit potential new customers.

    Find out if an export voucher is right for your business plan. Apply now! We will stop accepting new applications in August for the current grant year.

    Contact: Julie Monahan, julie.monahan@commerce.wa.gov, 206-256-6147, www.exportwashington.com

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  • The Food Safety Validation Technology Grant (FSVT) will provide up to $10,000 in technical assistance to help food, dairy and beverage processors “validate” that their food safety and HACCP control measures are effective and their products are safe. Validation is the process of providing scientific evidence that food safety and HACCP controls are effective and ensure all products are free from biological, chemical, and physical contaminants.

    Each participating company will:

    • Receive up to $10,000 of laboratory testing and consulting services for validation of one product or process.
    • Develop internal proficiency and capacity in food safety validation technology.
    • Reduce risk of food safety product failures and regulatory exposure.
    • Meet stringent customer requirements and ensure success on third party safety audits.

    If you are a Washington company interested in applying for this program, please contact Michael Schneider, Project Manager, Impact Washington at (509) 981-6348 or by email at mschneider@impactwashington.org.

    Companies sometimes lack internal resources and experience in conducting validation studies that support the safety of their products. This grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, is intended to accelerate university technology transfer and improve the global competitiveness of processors.

    Each participating company will receive a final validation study report and a template for developing their own internal processes for further validation studies.


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