Ohio Development has Opportunities for Exporters

Date: December 21, 2021

Companies Can Apply Now for Ohio Export Internship Program

The Ohio Export Internship Program matches businesses interested in growing exports with highly motivated college students who have taken export-focused coursework. The Ohio Department of Development offers participating small to medium-sized businesses a 50 percent reimbursement for the wages of the intern.

This year, there were 44 student/company matches across the state. The program is a partnership between the Department of Development, The Ohio State University, Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University, and the University of Dayton.

The internships have a track record of helping businesses achieve export success. In the 10 years of the program, 359 student-company matches were created, resulting in 114 internship extensions, 57 new job positions, and 365 new international markets, distributors, or customers.

Companies can apply now. Development’s Export Assistance Office is reviewing applications through Feb. 1. Internships will run from May to August 2022.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Grants Can Help Grow Your Business Internationally

The International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) provides eligible businesses a 50% reimbursement of up to $10,000 for activities that promote international business. Activities include:

  • Website development
  • International advertising
  • E-commerce
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Marketing and website translation
  • Compliance testing
  • Trade shows (international, domestic, and virtual)
  • EXIM Credit Insurance Premiums

The second application period opened on Dec. 13, 2021, and closes at 3 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2022. Funding for the second round can be used for activities between Jan. 1, 2022, and March 31, 2022. Additional IMAGE funding opportunities will be announced quarterly subject to funding availability.

Applications must be approved before starting grant activities. For more information and to apply, visit IMAGE.Development.Ohio.Gov, email [email protected], or contact an Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network director near you.

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