Ohio IMAGE Grant for Exporters available for 2020

Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) supported by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Contact Information

Andrew Borst
IMAGE@development.ohio.gov
Tel: 614-728-6733

Overview

The IMAGE program funded through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is designed to increase exports and create jobs. STEP is funded through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade, which provides guidance on the IMAGE grant that offers financial assistance for small businesses to promote their products and services in international markets. The grant will provide a 50 percent reimbursement up to $10,000 per fiscal year for qualifying activities.

Application must be pre-approved prior to commencement of activities. All pre-approved eligible activities must be completed by September 29, 2020.

Application must be submitted by February 28, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

Please note that funding is not guaranteed and is subject to the discretion of the Ohio Development Services Agency and the availability of funding.

For more information and complete details, download the flyer below.

NEW:

Small Business Trade Programs (STEP Grants)
The [SBA] Administrator shall reimburse any recipient of assistance under section 22(l) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 649(l)) for financial losses relating to a foreign trade mission or a trade show exhibition that was cancelled solely due to a public health emergency declared due to COVID–19 if the reimbursement does not exceed a recipient’s grant funding.

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