Monday, August 01, 2011

Export Assistance from SUSTA Starting August 1

Small businesses are constantly looking for new customers. Reaching a new market requires meeting new buyers, educating new customers, and advertising. Starting August 1, SUSTA will accept applications for the 2012 Market Access Program (MAP) Branded. The Branded program is designed to help food and agricultural companies enter export markets with 50% reimbursement for promotional costs, such as advertising, exhibiting at trade shows, and changes to packaging and labels. Download the Pre-Qualification Form from the SUSTA website today to double your international marketing budget for next year!

Eligible companies are small according to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) standards, have yearly sales of at least $100,000, and promote a brand-name product that is at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin. MAP Branded is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and administered to southern U.S. companies by SUSTA. Companies located in any of SUSTA’s member states can apply for funding: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shanghai chefs study American cuisine at Nicholls with SUSTA

The Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsored the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University chef's training program. This year 12 visiting chefs from Shanghai, China attended.

The training featured culinary demonstrations, lectures and field trips designed to expose the visiting chefs to the rich traditions of Louisianan, Southern Soul, Cajun culture, Latin American, Native American and Appalachian cuisines.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Williamsburg Winery Using SUSTA and Winning

Williamsburg Winery in Virginia received three medals this week at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards held in London.

The London International Wine Fair is the largest wine show in the world. SUSTA assisted seven Virginia companies to exhibit in front of an audience of more than 25,000 international wine buyers, and winery representatives. There were over 12 thousand wines from 44 countries to judge. Williamsburg Winery was awarded a Silver medal for their 2008 Adagio, a Bronze medal to the 2009 Late Harvest Vidal, and a Commended Award to the 2006 Gabriel Archer Reserve.

Master Winemaker, Matthew Meyer, represented the Williamsburg Winery and thanked SUSTA and the Virginia Wine Marketing office for helping make the experience happen.

Congratulations from the entire staff at SUSTA!

Friday, April 15, 2011

SBA, Inc. Magazine and AT&T Collaborate to Promote Exporting

SBA, Inc. Magazine and AT&T have come together to make a series of videos to inspire and encourage American small businesses to actively pursue exporting. The videos start with the answer to “why export"? You can watch other subjects like finding your first customer, planning for export success, how to connect with foreign buyers and case studies among others. The videos are posted at Once a Southern U.S. company is ready to take the next step into exporting, they should know that there are programs that the Southern U.S. Trade Association (SUSTA) manages to help the process be more affordable and manageable. SUSTA helps organize a variety of trade shows, expos and missions at a reduced cost to participants. Also, for approved participants SUSTA reimburses up to 50% of certain international marketing and promotion expenses. Please go to to learn more.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

SUSTA Director Featured on WWL TV

In a news story broadcast by WWL TV in New Orleans, SUSTA Executive Director Jerry Hingle comments on the impact that the current unrest in Egypt may have on agricultural exports going to the region, and how this could affect U.S. exporters.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Getting Started Exporting Seminar

Getting started in importing and exporting can seem like an unknown universe. For Louisiana companies, there are resources here in New Orleans that can help get your questions answered. Wednesday, February 2, the World Trade Center of New Orleans will hold a seminar designed to teach you how to find international market research, prepare products for shipping, price your product for export, and more. Jerry Hingle, SUSTA’s Executive Director, will be speaking about federally funded programs to help small agricultural businesses take their business international. For more seminar information, click here; for information on SUSTA services click here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SUSTA Outreach Events

SUSTA collaborates with our member states and other industry groups to offer educational seminars and company meetings to discuss how our programs can help small businesses export. The Market Access Program (MAP) Branded and Generic activities are two ways we can help make international trade more affordable and low-risk for food and agricultural companies. Now it is easier than ever to keep up with SUSTA's export seminars! Check out our listings for events near you this year:

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

NEW 2011 Events Calendar

Visit to see the new 2011 Events Calendar. We hope that this calendar will be a useful planning tool for your company as you plan to venture into export markets in 2011. Please remember that you can visit our website at for all of the latest details on upcoming events and to register.

Home Style Foods Success Using SUSTA

David Martin, president and CEO of Home Style Foods L.L.C., is a successful Atlanta-based sausage processor and distributor. When Martin felt he was ready to take the next step and get his business into exporting, he found help with SUSTA and was able to enter the Brazilian market. His company was featured in the "Tapping the Global Markets" article in the December 2010 issue of Black Enterprise magazine. Check out more company success stories on our website and see how SUSTA programs can help you get into international markets.