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International Market Support Program

Ohio companies have access to vast network of offices and in-market representatives throughout the world. The international network of service providers promotes the export of Ohio goods and services by providing small and medium-sized enterprises with invaluable first-hand market research, assistance locating new international customers and in-country support. Whether your business is just beginning or expanding exporting, understanding the potential market can be the difference in failure and success.

Ohio Development Services Agency

The Ohio Development Services Agency's Export Assistance Section is creating opportunities worldwide through its comprehensive and customized export services. Our SBDC Export Assistance Network Directors work with a network of international contractors to promote the export of Ohio goods and services by providing small and medium-sized enterprises with qualified prospective agent and distributor reports, invaluable first-hand market research and in-country market assistance, all at no charge to the Ohio company. Our presence throughout Ohio and in key markets worldwide equips Ohio companies with the tools needed to gain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Our international contractors are located in:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Europe
  • India
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Southeast Asia

To get started with market research for your company, contact your local SBDC Export Assistance Network Director.

After a conversation about your project need, please work with the local Network Director to submit an application to the International Market Support program. To apply, please click on the below link and create an account.

Please use Google Chrome to complete the application.

Click here to apply

U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service has international offices in 80 countries around the world. For the complete list of their international offices, please click here. Their services include trade counseling, market intelligence research and reports, business matchmaking and commercial diplomacy.

The Gold Key Matching Service is also a great opportunity to get pre-screened appointments arranged before your business visits the international market. The U.S. Commercial Service can offer customized market and industry briefing, pre-screened appointment setting, post-meeting debriefing, as well as help with travel, accommodations and interpreter services. Gold Key Matching is offered to US companies as a reduced-cost rate. 

The U.S. Commercial Service also offers an International Partner Search (IPS) service. IPS provides a report on up to five qualified potential overseas representatives who have examined a U.S. company's materials and have expressed an interest in the company's products or services.

Food Export-Midwest Market Builder Service

The Food Export Association of the Midwest USA is a private/nonprofit group that helps and promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the Midwestern region of the United States. The Market Builder Service provides a company with primary research on a specific product in a specific target market.  A custom and comprehensive report includes store checks, pricing, competitor review, import analysis and market overview conducted by Food Export-Midwest’s local in-market representative. is a free online trade platform that can help new or experienced exporters increase sales, lower costs, reduce risk and build trade expertise.