Maitland-based Genesis Water Technologies, Inc. has been named the 2020 Small Business Exporter of the Year by the Small Business Administration, in addition to having been the winner for the SBA North Florida District, SBA State of Florida and SBA Southeast Region competitions. The company will be recognized during SBA’s National Small Business Week, an annual event honoring the accomplishments and contributions of the best small businesses in the nation.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for this prestigious SBA national exporter of the year award” said Nick Nicholas, GWT’s Technical Director and principal. “This award is a testament to the commitment of Genesis Water Technologies’ and our global team to a world with access to a clean safe water supply for both businesses and communities.”
“National recognition of Genesis Water Technologies, Inc. as Exporter of the Year by the SBA is most certainly well deserved. The company has done remarkable work leveraging innovation and proficiency to serve the desperately important water filtration needs of municipalities and industrial clients in 43 counties and counting,” commented Eunice Choi, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at UCF.
“We at the Florida SBDC at UCF, with our partners at Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Export Assistance Center, are pleased to have contributed our international trade and export marketing expertise to the company’s success and its ability to make a difference in the world,” Choi concluded.
Genesis Water Technologies is a leading water & wastewater treatment solutions company. It was started almost 15 years ago to tackle the issues of water scarcity and inadequate water treatment with innovative and sustainable water & wastewater treatment solutions and services tailored to serving communities and industrial clients.
GWT started exporting in 2009, and with the support and assistance of the Florida SBDC at UCF’s International Trade Services program, developed a robust game plan and go-to-market strategy for foreign markets. Funded by Enterprise Florida and the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), the company received the FSBDC’s Export Marketing Plan, which provided a roadmap for the international expansion of GWT. With this guidance and the help of the U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC), the company has now successfully sold in 43 countries.
Today, GWT’s export business makes up over 40% of the company’s total sales and supports its global workforce.
In addition to the FSBDC at UCF’s International Trade Services, GWT is currently benefitting from the FSBDC at UCF’s Advisory Board Council program, which provides a custom-fit advisory board comprised of volunteer independent business professionals to help accelerate GWT’s business growth.
In connection with the SBA’s national 2020 Exporter of the Year, and along with other national winners and finalists, Genesis Water Technologies will be honored in a virtual event hosted by the SBA in Washington, DC that will be held on September 22-24. In addition, and in conjunction with the SBA’s North Florida District Office, GWT and other local 2020 Small Business Week Award Winners will be recognized at a virtual Small Business Week Celebration on October 9 hosted jointly by the Florida Small Business Development Centers at UCF, UNF, FAMU and UWF, a first of its kind Small Business Week Event.