IMAGE can help grow businesses internationally

Information provided by Ohio Department of Development

The second application period for the International Market Access Grant for Exporters through the Ohio Department of Development opened Dec. 13 and closes at 3 p.m. Jan. 12, 2022. Funding for the second round can be used between Jan. 1, 2022, and March 31, 2022. Additional IMAGE funding opportunities will be announced quarterly subject to funding availability.

An IMAGE grant provides eligible businesses a 50 percent 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

 Applications must be approved before starting grant activities. Click here to apply now. For more information, visit IMAGE.Development.Ohio.Gov, email IMAGE@Development.Ohio.Gov, or contact an Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network director near you.

Additionally, the Export Success Training Program is now being offered virtually. There are 10 sessions beginning February 2022 on the Zoom platform. The cost is $2,000 for Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce members and $2,300 for non-members.

This training program is designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses interested in expanding into global markets. Export Success can help you and your company develop plans to identify global markets, improve export efficiencies, understand export financing, and develop market-entry strategies. Export Success participants meet monthly for a targeted topic session.

Topics include:

  • International sales process
  • Legal issues
  • International marketing, banking, and finance issues
  • Logistics and incoterms
  • Cross-cultural communications
  • Developing and executing an export plan

Export Success provides a collaborative environment for participants to grow their export knowledge. Participants will learn how to arrange resources to enter the global marketplace. Participants will have an opportunity to work with experienced exporters and others from the public and private sectors who offer current best practices for operating in global markets. The knowledge and tools learned in Export Success will enable companies to execute global strategies more quickly and effectively.

Companies attending Export Success also may qualify for 100 percent reimbursement under the Export Training Grant through the International Market Access Grant for Exporters.

To apply or for more information, click here.

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