Nine local companies are this week seeking new business opportunities during a trade mission to the United States.
Senior executives from the various firms were in Atlanta in Georgia on a five-day Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NICCI) trip.
The body has been organising annual trade missions to Georgia for several years and has a network of contacts throughout Georgia, which has established itself as a leading US business centre.
Former NICCI president Mike Mills, chairman of both Dunmurry-based business consultancy Jigsaw Tree and Munster Simms Engineering in Bangor is leading the trip.
Other companies participating are Belfast-based telecommunications firm Bytel, software solutions firms Consilium Technologies in Antrim and Datahub Solutions in Newry, and Ballymena's Redflitte, which deals with facilities management software.
Representatives from Londonderry firms Delta Systems, which carries out moulding work, and Property Invest GB are also in America, along with Lisburn furniture business Elmwood Importers and Ballymoney glass engravers, Glass Craft.