For more information, contact us at IMAGE@development.ohio.gov
or (614) 466-4551.
The IMAGE program is now accepting applications. All activities must be pre-approved in advance and executed no later than September 30, 2013.
The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) is a 50 percent reimbursement program designed to offset the costs associated with certain exporting initiatives. IMAGE is funded by the State of Ohio and the United States Small Business Administration as part of the National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports by 2015. The purpose of IMAGE is to increase exports and create jobs in Ohio by helping small businesses expand into new international markets.
The IMAGE program requires the application to be signed by a corporate officer, certifying that the following eligibility criteria will be met:
IMAGE funds will reimburse companies a maximum of $15,000* (50 percent on expenditures up to $30,000) for participation in the following activities:
*Companies located in the Ohio Appalachian region may qualify for a 75 percent reimbursement for their first $12,000 in expenditures.
The minimum IMAGE reimbursement amount is $1,000.
Many marketing-related expenses are considered "costs of doing business" or, for other reasons, fall outside the regulations of the IMAGE program and therefore are not eligible for reimbursement. For further details, please refer to the Ineligible Expenses link on the left.
To apply to the IMAGE program, return the following documents electronically to IMAGE@development.ohio.gov: