State program helps businesses in Ohio grow internationally


Ohio Development Services Agency now accepting applications for the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program

Staff report



Businesses in Ohio are elevating their marketing plans and exporting their products and services internationally. As a result, small businesses are becoming more globally competitive while creating jobs in their communities. The Ohio Development Services Agency is now accepting applications for the 2016 Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program.

In the first two years of the program, 208 grants have been awarded, resulting in more than $127 million in expected global sales. “This program brings value to businesses in Ohio looking to export their products into international markets,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “By offsetting high marketing costs, small businesses can reach international customers and grow their business beyond Ohio’s borders.”

The IMAGE program is designed to help small businesses increase exports and create Ohio jobs. IMAGE is a 50 percent reimbursement program designed to offset the high costs associated with international marketing initiatives, including trade shows and missions, marketing materials, website translation and export education programs.

The 2016 IMAGE program will run through September 29, 2016. Companies can apply online at: www.IMAGE.development.ohio.gov.

Ohio Development Services Agency now accepting applications for the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program

Staff report

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