Upcoming Trade missions qualify for reimbursable IMAGE grant

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, International Trade Assistance Center, OSU South Centers)

The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporter (IMAGE) has been renewed for 2015-2016. This program allows exhibition at a trade show or matchmaking and market visit at a 50% reimbursement. Below are applicable opportunities.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) promotes export-focused trade missions for the purpose of growing Ohio exports and creating jobs.

earth-634815_1920 (2)Participating in a trade mission provides companies with an opportunity to travel overseas to meet with prospective international business partners face-to-face, greatly enhancing the potential for business success. Trade mission services typically include: business matchmaking, customized market research, in-country business briefings, networking opportunities, in-country support and follow-up assistance. IMAGE grants will help Ohio companies fund these trade efforts. Call Kelly O’Bryant at 740-289-2071 x235 or email obryant.6@osu.edu for more information.

Trade Mission to Germany and United Kingdom

The Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) in partnership with the ODSA is leading a multi-sector Trade Mission to Germany and the United Kingdom. The goal of this mission is to assist small to medium-sized companies from the Great Lakes region to export products and services. Registration deadline: December 9, 2015. for more information on this mission, visit Germany and United Kingdom.

Trade Mission to China

The CGLG in partnership with the ODSA is leading a multi-sector Trade Mission to China This mission will be held May 7-14, 2016. For additional information, visit China.

If you apply for the IMAGE grant, these trade missions will qualify at reimbursable events. Call the International Trade Assistance Center, Kelly O’Bryant, at 740-289-2071 x235 or email obryant.6@osu.edu for more information on how IMAGE grants can be used.