Two Colorado Springs companies received export grants from the Minority Business Office, a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
Janska LLC received a $15,000 grant and Empirical Testing Corp. received a $9,000 grant.
Started by Jan Erickson in 2003, Janska is a line of fleece clothing designed to be both comfortable and fashionable. Since then, the company won accolades from the local and state business community and is sold in stores around the nation.
Empirical Testing Corp. is a local company that helps tests medical devices for the marketplace. They assist companies in getting ready for federal approval and entering the marketplace both in the United States — and in aiding foreign companies in getting products into the United States.
The new grants are available to small- and medium-sized businesses in Colorado that are minority- or women-owned to help offset international business development. The grants of up to $15,000 are for companies that are new to exporting or are expanding into new international markets.
Other companies receiving the grants: Global Village Power in Fort Collins, $6,000; CandyGrind in Eastlake, $5,000; Endurance Conspiracy in Boulder, $15,000.
The export grant encourages small- and medium-sized Colorado businesses to develop export markets. Grants can be used for international business development and marketing projects including client development, airfare and lodging to a foreign market, foreign trade show exhibition and conference costs, trade missions, foreign business-to-business matchmaking services, and targeted advertising in overseas industry trade publications.
Registration for a new round of grant applications and training open on Sept. 1, 2015.