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STATE AWARDS FIRST EXPORT GRANT TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIRM

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Commerce has awarded a $2,500 grant that will enable a Montgomery County company to attend a major international trade show in Germany, Commerce Secretary Andrew T. Greenberg announced today.
 The grant was the first awarded through the Trade Event Grant Program, administered by the department's Pennsylvania Export Partnership. The company, Gulden Ophthalmics of Elkins Park, Pa., will use the state funds to help pay the costs associated with exhibiting its products at Medica '93 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
 Gulden Ophthalmics manufactures, markets and services ophthalmic instruments for distributors, hospitals, eye clinics, universities, ophthalmologists, optometrists and ocularists.
 Medica '93, held Nov. 17-20, is known as the World Forum for Doctors' Surgeries and Hospitals.
 "Gov. Casey created the Pennsylvania Export Partnership to help the Commonwealth's small- and medium-sized businesses gain access to and compete in the global marketplace," Greenberg said. "The Trade Event Grant Program is one of the first in the country to give preference to those companies that are new to the export arena.
 "In recent years, the Accelerated Market Entry -- Europe program, which defrayed the cost of attending trade shows, has helped nearly two dozen Pennsylvania companies make sales in European markets.
 "The Pennsylvania Export Partnership builds on and expands this program by providing matching grants that enable a company to display its wares at a trade show in any of several foreign markets," Greenberg said.
 "We are stepping up our efforts to help small- and mid-sized Pennsylvania companies market their products internationally. Participation in the Trade Event Grant Program will help in-state businesses gain new customers and ensure their continued success."
 The grant program, which Casey established in the 1993-94 state budget, provides matching funds that help smaller businesses pay for trade show costs, including hotel reservations, airport-hotel and hotel- trade event transportation, postage for premailings, translation services, registration and entry fees and a trade event exhibitors directory.
 To be eligible, a Pennsylvania company must have sales of less than $50 million and employ fewer than 500 people, and must manufacture, package, process, repackage, or assemble a product.
 Businesses desiring more information about the Pennsylvania Export Partnership should contact the Department of Commerce's Office of International Trade at 717-787-7190.
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 /CONTACT: Jon Harwood, deputy press secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Commerce, 717-783-1132/


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