What is GDPR?

(Shared by Kelly O’Bryant, Business Development Specialist, Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is one of the most significant and wide-ranging pieces of legislation passed relating to technology and the internet.

This regulation affects any entity (including websites) that processes EU citizens’ personal data. Whether or not you or your business is located in the EU, if you have EU site visitors, or if your marketing campaigns target EU citizens, this affects you. Under GDPR, companies will also need to give explicit notice when collecting the personal data of their customers.

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International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE)

(Shared by Kelly O’Bryant, Export Assistance Network Director, Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

The International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program helps small businesses increase exports and create jobs in Ohio’s economy. The program reimburses at a 50% rate, capped at $12,500 per eligible approved applicant.  The IMAGE program is funded, in part, through the Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). For more information about the IMAGE program, visit: www.image.development.ohio.gov.

Don’t delay, application deadline is April 1, 2018 and all eligible activities must be completed by September 29, 2018.

The Ohio Export Internship Program

(Written by Kelly O’Bryant, Export Assistance Network Director, Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

Is your company looking to export for the first time or to improve their current export initiatives? Companies can receive up to $3,600 reimbursement for intern wages and have trained, full-time summer interns that will focus on export development.  Watch the video below for more information.  Companies have until March 1st to apply. Click here for more information.

Funding Available to Help Reduce Energy Costs and Improve Energy Efficiency

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, SBDC Export Assistance Network, OSU South Centers)

January 11, 2017 Contact: Preston Boone at (614) 644-8864
Preston.Boone@development.ohio.gov

Funding Available to Help Reduce Energy Costs and Improve Energy Efficiency
State offers Low-Interest Loans

The Energy Loan Fund is now accepting applications. The fund helps small businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits, and local governments implement energy efficiency improvements to lower energy use and costs. Eligible applicants receive low-interest financing to install efficiency measures that reduce energy by at least 15 percent. Technical assistance is also available to facilitate the required energy audit for potential applicants.

Small businesses, local governments, manufacturers, school districts, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Loan amounts vary depending on the project and can be from $250,000 up to $2 million. Technical assistance is also available to help eligible applicants identify energy efficiency measures for their facility.

To apply, organizations must first register and submit a Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent must include:
• An overview of the proposed project;
• Projected energy use savings;
• Projected energy cost savings;
• Simple payback with incentives, if applicable;
• Loan amount requested and cost share; and
• A description of the anticipated expenses for which the loan and cost share will be used.

A Letter of Intent to apply should be submitted online at: https://development.ohio.gov/EnergyLoanFund. Qualified applicants who have submitted a Letter of Intent will receive written instructions from Ohio Development Services Agency on how to access the online Loan Application.

A copy of the program guidelines and the application process can be found here. Questions about the program should be sent to energy@development.ohio.gov
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New Opportunities Ohio Exporting IMAGE Companies!

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, SBDC Export Assistance Network, OSU South Centers)

Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP). Finding the time to focus on developing a new market is a challenge for many small businesses. The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed to help businesses overcome this challenge by matching them with highly motivated students, from Ohio universities and colleges, who have taken export-focused coursework at Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University or Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Sameen Dadfar at (614) 466-6811.

2017 Hannover Messe Trade Show Plus– IMAGE eligible event (2-page flyer below)

The trade show will be supported by ODSA. The purpose of the 2017 Hannover Messe Trade Show Plus is to provide a low cost opportunity for Ohio small- to medium-sized companies to showcase their products and services and engage with new buyers from around the world. For more information and to register, please contact Colleen Kardasz at (419) 243-8191. Booth spaces are limited.

Mexico Trade Mission – IMAGE Eligible event

The Conference and ODSA are leading a multi-sector trade mission to Mexico from April 3-7, 2017. The goal of this mission is to assist small Each mission participant will receive a customized schedule of B2B meetings to meet with prospective customers and business partners. Mission participants will also benefit from networking events and logistical support provided by the Conference’s Mexico Trade Office. For more information and to register, please contact Tom Bainbridge at (614) 728-3120.

Also, as a reminder, prior to any travel, please make sure to send me the names of travelers, dates and location. I will be out of the office from December 21 to January 2 for a brief medical leave and to spend the holidays with my family. During this time period, I will have access to my email. I will do my best to response to all requests or questions within 24 hours.

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The Ohio Export Internship Program – Going Global

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, SBDC Export Assistance Network, OSU South Centers)

Published on August 15, 2016
http://eip.development.ohio.gov
YouTube

The Ohio Export Internship Program connected export-focused students from Ohio universities and colleges with private industry. The program combines a spring semester export-focused course with a paid summer internship focusing on international business development.

State Funds Available to Help Ohio Businesses Market Internationally

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, SBDC Export Assistance Network, OSU South Centers)

screenhunter_827-oct-26-11-54The Ohio Development Services Agency’s (DSA) Export Assistance Office is now accepting applications for the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program. The grants are funded from a recent $750,000 grant the state received from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program that is to help increase Ohio exports and create jobs by helping Ohio small businesses sell their goods and services overseas.

“This program brings value to businesses in Ohio looking to export their products into international markets,” said David Goodman, DSA director, in a statement. “By offsetting high marketing costs, small businesses can reach international customers and grow their business and create 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 2017 IMAGE program will run through September 29, 2017.

More information as well as applications is available online at http://www.image.development.ohio.gov/.