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July 13, 2016

City of Chandler to host Export Training Program; seeks local companies interested in growing their export sales

ExporTech, a nationally recognized program proven to help small- and mid-sized companies boost their exports, is coming to Chandler for the first time this fall. The program, which begins Friday, Aug. 5, is delivered by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) RevAZ Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, along with national partners. The City of Chandler Economic Development Division is co-sponsoring this Fall 2016 program.

"The City of Chandler understands that international trade is a major driver of economic prosperity,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “Our goal for this training program is to accelerate local export growth by providing companies with access to the knowledge, services and expertise necessary to compete in the global marketplace.”

Representatives from up to eight participating companies will attend three full-day sessions (Friday, Aug. 5, Friday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Oct. 14), where they will be exposed to Arizona export experts from diverse subject matter sectors, undergo practical training on key export topics and receive individualized export coaching. Between sessions, participants will work with a program-assigned export coach to conduct market research and refine their international strategies.

The end result for each company is a customized and expert-reviewed Export Growth Plan that helps the company to quickly move beyond planning and into pursuing concrete export initiatives aimed at closing actual, profitable export sales. On average, participating companies nationwide have generated approximately $770,000 in new export sales after completing the program.

All sessions for this Fall 2016 ExporTech program will be hosted at Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave. The registration fee is $900, which allows companies to send up to three representatives. Companies located in Chandler are eligible to receive a 50-percent rebate upon completing the program.

“ExporTech companies undergo a profound transformation from selling only in the USA to now selling internationally, and it converts the reactive exporter into a strategic, proactive and intentional exporter,” said Kevin J. O’Shea, Vice President of International Trade at ACA. 

“ExporTech really opened my eyes to the vast international opportunities that exist,” said Jason Grove, chief operating officer at Pilgrim Screw, a Spring 2016 ExporTech graduate. “The people that I met were extremely knowledgeable and well known in their industry. The strategy that I created in this program is a tangible strategy, with clear cut action items and direction. I have already put my plan into place and am very excited to see where this will take my company.”

To learn more about ExporTech or to request an application, contact Chandler’s Economic Development Specialist Michael Winer at, 480-782-3034 or Kevin J. O’Shea, Vice President of International Trade at, 520-647-4808.