County Economic Development...
Receives Funding to Support Small Business Exports
150 Grant Opportunities to Increase Exports
January 21, 2012
Today, the Ohio Department of Development announced the International
Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program, which is part of the
Export Initiative to double U.S. exports by 2015. The program is
through the Department’s Office of Export Assistance and is designed to
increase exports and create jobs by helping small businesses promote
products and services in new international markets.
IMAGE grants, the Ohio Department of Development is providing support
small businesses as they seek to expand their offerings
Christiane Schmenk, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “By
markets for Ohio products, we are creating jobs and strengthening our
Business Jobs Act of 2010 authorized the U.S. Small Business
establish a three-year trade and export promotion pilot program, known
State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant. The grants are awarded
to administer export programs that assist eligible small businesses.
received $983,399 for the first year, which will provide IMAGE grants
companies for activities associated with new international marketing
initiatives. Eligible expenses include international tradeshows,
services, exporter education programs, international trade missions,
subscription to services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce,
export-related initiatives approved by the Ohio Department of
IMAGE program will award 111 grants at a maximum amount of $6,000 to
grantee, a 50 percent reimbursement on qualified expenditures. An
grants worth up to $3,000 are available for companies electing to
in approved trade missions. Companies located in the Ohio Appalachian
qualify for an additional $2,000 reimbursement as part of a separate
the Appalachian Regional Commission.
To learn more about the guidelines and to
download an application, please visit www.IMAGE.development.ohio.gov.
additional questions contact IMAGE@development.ohio.gov or (614)
To download a quick preview of the program,