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How the Network Helps

MEP Centers and partners have developed a wide range of services and initiatives to enable manufacturers to identify opportunities that will accelerate and strengthen growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace.


ExporTech™ provides tools and resources for manufacturers to enter or expand their business in global markets.

New Product Development

Addresses all stages of the process, including prototyping and small batch manufacturing assistance.


Educates manufacturers on the benefits of bringing production operations back to the U.S. 

R&D through Small Business Innovation Research

Support manufacturers through a federal grant program.

Technology Driven Marketplace Intelligence

Provides manufacturers an approach to diversify their business into new sectors using technology-focused market intelligence.

Business Continuity Plan

Guides companies to create an easy-to-use, actionable business continuity planning solution in preparing for a broad range of threats.

Lean and Quality Management

Identifies and eliminates waste (non-value-added activities) through continuous improvement, resulting in reduced lead times and improved efficiency, productivity, and quality.

Supply Chain

Provides a wide range of technical and business assistance, supporting the development of competitive manufacturing supply chains.


Helps manufacturers gain a competitive edge by reducing environmental costs and impacts.

Technology Scouting

Helps manufacturers find technology solutions outside your normal channels.


Equips employees with the technical and soft skills needed to overcome today’s challenges.

Export Impacts

Exports are critical to the American economy: they stimulate economic growth, help to balance the trade deficit, and create jobs.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Impacts

The SBIR program opens opportunities for manufacturers to receive assistance with the creation of innovative products or services.

Supply Chain Impacts

MEP Centers offer a variety of services to U.S. manufacturers to cover the different aspects of supply chain management and development.

Sustainability Impacts

E3 – Economy, Energy Environment is designed to improve production and profitability while reducing energy usage and environmental impact.

Not sure where to begin? Contact your local MEP Center to get started.



  • MEP Headquarters
    (301) 975-5020
    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800
Created September 2, 2014, Updated November 15, 2019