Five small Indiana businesses are a step closer to growing their marketplaces through exports. The companies have completed the Export Indiana Accelerator Program that is administered by the Indiana Small Business Development Center.
The EIAP is a 12-week program offering Hoosier small businesses guidance on how to take advantage of export markets.
The program connects companies with export-certified advisers who offer services such as foreign market research, taxes and tariffs, and regulatory compliance.
“I’m always excited to see what the participants of the EIAP have planned for the next stage of their business,” said David Watkins, Indiana SBDC state director and Indiana Economic Development Corp. vice president of small business. “The five businesses that completed the 2022 program have bright futures ahead. Our goal is to support them as they forge new international connections with their products.”
This year’s awardees include:
- ChefsFridge Co. (Anderson). The company is developing a pod that can carry and store vaccines at ultra-low temperatures (-108 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to three weeks. The company says it’s a critical tool to help life-saving medicine to area that lack electricity.
- El Popular (East Chicago). The fourth-generation family-owned operation produces chorizo, molé paste and powder, and Mexican chocolate.
- Hewitt Molding Company (Kokomo) manufactures plastic injection molded products.
- Huber Winery/Starlight Distillery (Borden). The family-owned-and-operated farm produces sustainably crafted wines, brandies and whiskies.
- Scout & Zoe’s (Anderson) makes premium pet treats utilizing human-grade raw ingredients that are sourced in the U.S.
Click here to learn more about the Indiana export accelerator program.