FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 09, 2010



Christie Miller
VEDP
(804) 545-5805
Falls Church Company Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program
-Two-year program provides resources to support international business-


RICHMOND - The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced the acceptance of a Falls Church company, 24 Hour Company, into its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. Launched in January 2002, the program assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy.

24 Hour Company joins the program as part of the 17th class of VALET companies. To participate, each eligible business must meet several quantitative criteria and complete an application process. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export. Currently, more than 100 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.

24 Hour Company specializes in consulting and training services to support proposal development. Since 1992, the company has helped companies win billions through its graphics and conceptualization, desktop publishing, proposal editing, and instructional seminars and workshops.

"We are extremely excited to be a part of the VALET Program,” said Colleen Jolly, President, 24 Hour Company. “As AIM graduates we are committed to expanding our international presence and creating jobs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are looking forward to the opportunities to learn and to network provided through the VALET Program."

The VALET program incorporates services from a team of experienced international service providers who assist the VALET companies with their international goals. Service providers such as attorneys, Web designers, bankers, translators and freight-forwarders contribute essential skills for expansion into international markets.

“VALET welcomes 24 Hour Company into the program,” said Leslie Parpart, VALET Program Manager. “We look forward to working with its international team over the course of the next two years to assist the company in exceeding export goals.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization, was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. The Partnership is a state authority, which is governed by a 22-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade. VEDP has offices in Virginia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Mexico and Japan.

To learn more about the VALET program, contact Leslie Parpart, VALET Program Manager, at LParpart@YesVirginia.org or visit the programs tab at www.ExportVirginia.org.

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