Greater Akron Chamber launches Business Resource Navigator

January 18, 2023

Greater Akron Chamber announces launch of Business Resource Navigator on January 18th! The Elevate Greater Akron collaborative developed the Greater Akron Business Navigator to serve the region’s startup, small and scale-up businesses – providing a virtual front door to our extensive business ecosystem. The goal of the Business Navigator is to help companies navigate the…

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SBA eliminates fees on export express

SBA Eliminates Fees on Export Express Loans

October 5, 2022

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has eliminated the SBA guaranty fee and on-going fee on Export Express loans approved before 9/30/2023.  The Export Express loan provides a 90% guaranty to banks for loan amounts up to $500,000.  The exporter can use the loan to fund any type of export development activity, including revolving line…

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Larissa Heslop

CS Cleveland welcomes Larissa Heslop

September 27, 2022

CS Cleveland is excited to announce that Larissa Heslop has joined our team as an International Trade Specialist in Northeast Ohio! Larissa (Rissa) Heslop recently moved from Lawrence, KS to join the U.S. Commercial Service in Cleveland, OH as a Presidential Management Fellow. Rissa has educational experience in anthropology, international business, and public administration, and…

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Susan Whitney

Susan Whitney promoted to GLN Regional Director

May 19, 2022

Please join us in congratulating Sue Whitney on her selection as the Director of the Great Lakes Region! Sue has been serving as the Acting Regional Director for the Great Lakes Network since January, demonstrating exceptional leadership of a six-state region of 13 offices and 25 trade professionals. Sue began her career with ITA as…

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Help for Ukraine!

Help for Ukraine!

May 18, 2022

Help for Ukraine! For the past six years, I have been a board member for the Northeastern Ohio District Export Council (NODEC) working in conjunction with the Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The U.S. District Export Councils are volunteers who advise exporters and support the work of the Department of Commerce on…

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President Biden to Announce Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

May 5, 2022

Release Date: April 21, 2022 WASHINGTON – Today, the President will announce Uniting for Ukraine, a new streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression opportunities to come to the United States, fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression as a…

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Commerce Implements Sweeping Restrictions

Commerce Implements Sweeping Restrictions on Exports to Russia in Response to Further Invasion of Ukraine

February 24, 2022

Commerce Implements Sweeping Restrictions on Exports to Russia in Response to Further Invasion of Ukraine WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Commerce Department, through its Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), responded to Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine by implementing a sweeping series of stringent export controls that will severely restrict Russia’s access to technologies and…

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Ohio Aerospace Institute

The Ohio Aerospace Institute wins MDCP Funding

December 1, 2021

The Ohio Aerospace Institute wins MDCP Funding (CLEVELAND, October 29) – COMMERCE SECRETARY AWARDS THE OHIO AEROSPACE INSTITUTE $300,000 TO BOOST U.S. EXPORTS, SUPPORT HIGH QUALITY JOBS Grants designed to support the export success of U.S. businesses in key industries were awarded to 13 recipients including the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI). The Market Development Co-operator…

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Virtual Trade Talk Lunch & Learn

US Commercial Service Cleveland is Hiring!

November 17, 2021

US Commercial Service Cleveland is hiring! Join the team at the US Commercial Service in Cleveland, Ohio. As part of the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration the International Trade Specialist position is responsible for: The incumbent will work on a team doing developmental work assignments of analytical work addressing critical international trade issues,…

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2023 President's "E" Award

Apply now for the 2022 President’s E Award!

November 12, 2021

2022 President’s “E” AwardThe President’s “E” Award was initiated by Executive Order of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and has been presented annually ever since. The President’s “E” Award affords suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports. There are two types of “E” Awards:…

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