Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The MAP Branded Program from Start to Finish

At SUSTA, we understand how overwhelming processes can be, especially when funding is involved. That's why we created the MAP Branded infographic to show you step by step what you need to do to take advantage of the Market Access Program. Through this infographic, we've simplified the instructions and made it easier than ever to become a MAP Branded participant. For more information, simply visit our website to view the SUSTA MAP Branded Process.

SUSTA - MAP Branded Program from Start to Finish

Monday, August 1, 2011

Applications for Export Funding Now Being Accepted

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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SUSTA Outreach Calendar

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:

Friday, January 14, 2011

MAP Branded Funding

Making New Year's resolutions? How about taking your business to a new market? Applications are still being accepted for 2011 MAP Branded funds. Expenses like advertising, traveling and exhibiting at international trade shows, changes to labels and packaging can qualify for up to 50% reimbursement. Go to to download the Pre-Qualification worksheet. Contact our office with questions at 504-568-5986.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year's!

From the team at SUSTA- we would like to wish you a very happy and safe New Year! We have a ton of events and activities planned for 2011 - come see at!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NEW! 2011 Event 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.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Flying Business Class

Q: I like to fly business class when I travel internationally. Can I be reimbursed for the cost of my business class airline ticket when traveling on an activity for which I will request Branded reimbursement?

A: When requesting reimbursement for travel to an international trade show or approved trade mission, travelers must fly on a U.S. carrier leaving from the states and returning to the states. Travelers will be reimbursed up to 50% of the cost of a full fare coach/economy class ticket. Therefore, business or first class travelers must submit a quotation of the coach/economy class fare. The quote must be obtained around the same date the business or first class ticket was purchased. The quote cannot be submitted after the trip takes place.

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