Southeast Michigan companies have made more than $400 million in export sales as a result of Automation Alley trade missions and other activities, Michigan’s largest technology business association announced today.
These export sales have resulted in the creation or support of more than 2,365 jobs. Automation Alley has reached this goal due to its trade mission program and other international activities, including the State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) program. Since Automation Alley’s trade mission program began in 2001, the association has led 156 local companies on 21 trade missions to locations around the globe. In December, Automation Alley will lead local companies on a trade mission to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
“We are proud to have reached this significant milestone with our export program. Around the globe, demand is increasing for Michigan-made products, services and technologies,” said Noel Nevshehir, Automation Alley’s director of international business services. “Automation Alley trade missions are results-driven and help small to medium-size businesses in Southeast Michigan capitalize on this demand, growing their businesses and creating jobs.”
Automation Alley’s trade missions include a packed program with briefings, seminars, one-on-one business meetings, factory visits, official receptions and dinners, and cultural events. The briefings and one-on-one meetings are prearranged for the individual participants to match their business interests.
To prepare local businesses for trade missions, Automation Alley hosts informative country-specific workshops and seminars prior to the mission as well as export-readiness events featuring international business experts.
In addition to trade missions, local businesses can communicate with overseas customers, clients and investors using the state-of-the-art communications tools at Automation Alley’s International Business Center at its headquarters in Troy.
As a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Regional Export Network host, Automation Alley works with the MEDC and its strategic partners to deliver export services.
Companies seeking to enhance their global competitiveness and expand their business outside of Southeast Michigan are invited to join Automation Alley on an upcoming trade mission.
For more information on the upcoming trade mission to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or other Automation Alley international business activities, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or email@example.com
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper.
Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley’s membership has grown to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions, government entities and nonprofit organizations from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region.
Automation Alley provides a variety of exclusive benefits to its members to help them succeed, including networking opportunities, meeting space and public relations tools. Automation Alley also serves the general business community in five key areas: entrepreneurial services, talent development, international business services, product lifecycle management and defense and manufacturing.
Automation Alley collaborates with regional partners to provide its members and clients with the best business resources available, to drive local economic growth, and to positively influence the stories being told around the globe about the people and businesses of Greater Detroit.