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San Diego's Rough Draft wins grant to expand internationally

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego-based craft brewer won a $35,000 prize today that will help pay for international expansion efforts.

Rough Draft earned the grand prize in the second annual MetroConnect competition, organized by World Trade Center San Diego. The family-owned brewery is known for its India pale ales and operates a Miramar-area tasting room.

Rough Draft was one of five finalists in the competition, part of a larger effort to encourage San Diego companies to expand their global reach.

Last year, 15 companies were awarded $10,000 each. According to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., the firms produced an additional $6 million in export sales and 42 new jobs for the region.

"The success we've seen throughout the course of the MetroConnect program helps validate the importance of metro engagement on a global level," said Mark Cafferty, EDC president and CEO. "From securing a joint venture in China to selling to software customers in Canada, the MetroConnect grand prize winners have worked hard to engage foreign markets, catalyzing our region's economy and workforce."

The other finalists were Deering Banjo Company, a musical instrument manufacturer in Spring Valley; Manta Instruments, which makes products for particle analysis in University City; Calbiotech, a Spring Valley maker of medical equipment; and VaultRMS, a San Diego firm that developed a cloud-based system that tracks firefighters' exposure to carcinogens.

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