In September 2016, the State of Ohio was awarded $750,000 from the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) from the Small Business Administration (SBA). This is an increase of $50,000 from last year’s award. Ohio has received a STEP award every year for the last five years. Funding from STEP along with a minimum of $250,000 of matching funds from the State of Ohio, is used to fund the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE).
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 (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.
All pre-approved eligible activities must be completed by September 29, 2017.
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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 $10,000* (50 percent on expenditures up to $20,000) for participation in the following activities:
If you have questions concerning your company’s eligible reimbursements, contact Thien Bui at IMAGE@development.ohio.gov or (614) 466-4996.
The minimum IMAGE reimbursement amount is $1,000 (50 percent on expenditures of $2,000).
After launching the IMAGE application, please create a new login. DO NOT use login information from previous grant years.
Launch IMAGE Application (NOTE: You MUST create a new login)
Please click here for reimbursement requirements.
Company should submit for reimbursement within 30 days of completing its list of activities. The final deadline to submit for reimbursement is October 29, 2017. Company can expect to receive their reimbursement within 30 days of submission.