Not only goods but services made in Atlanta are eligible for the grant. Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

A June 13 application deadline is fast approaching for the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a program offering local firms at least $5,000 to boost their global business outreach.  

This year, 12 winners will take home the initial funding in the first round. After they make use of the reimbursable grants, they’ll be afforded the chance to come back and pitch for more cash to increase their global sales.  

The collaborative economic development project is administered by the Metro Atlanta Chamber with participation and funding from economic development agencies in Atlanta’s five four populous counties — Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb — along with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs.  

Learn more about how the pandemic sparked creativity in the use of the 2020 grants here, as well as an intensified focus on mentorship: Atlanta’s Metro Export Challenge Enters Sixth Year, Opens Grant Applications 

The challenge is one of many funding mechanisms and educational resources for small business trying their hand at breaking into the international markets. Georgia Department of Economic is still fielding applications for its Go Global Georgia grant program backed by the Small Business Administration.  

ExportGA, a low-cost capacity-building program offered by the UGA Small Business Development Center, is set to start a new cohort in August 

Learn more about the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge program here and apply online here 

Contact Michael Theisen-Jones, director of Global Business Development, with questions at

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...