The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE), funded by the state of Ohio and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is designed to increase exports and create jobs. The IMAGE grant 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 eligible activities must be completed by September 29, 2016.
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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).
Funding for the FY16 IMAGE program has been fully allocated. You may submit an application to reserve a spot on the waitlist. If you have any questions, please contact IMAGE program administrator, Thien Bui at IMAGE@development.ohio.gov.
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Company should submit for reimbursement within 30 days of completing its list of activities. The final deadline to submit for reimbursement is October 29, 2016.
Many exporting 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. This list should not be considered complete. If you have questions concerning your company’s eligible reimbursements, contact Thien Bui at IMAGE@development.ohio.gov or (614) 466-4996.
The projected expenses list on the application is strictly an estimate. Please list all expenses that you are sure will be incurred during the grant period as well as any expense that may be incurred. Since the grant operates on a reimbursement basis, you will not be penalized for not using all of the grant money that was requested or if you did not perform some of the expenses listed on the application.
There is no penalty. However, please notify us immediately of any changes to your projected expenses.
There is no penalty. The grant works on a reimbursement basis. This means that the money allocated to the company but not expended by the company will simply be reallocated. However, the company should notify IMAGE@development.ohio.gov immediately should they decide not to use all of their requested money.
Please contact IMAGE@development.ohio.gov as soon as possible.
While companies should attempt to finalize activities prior to receiving a signed grant agreement, changes to activities may still be made after receiving the grant agreement in certain circumstances. Please contact IMAGE@development.ohio.gov as soon as possible to make changes. Depending on the changes, it may be necessary to create an amendment to the previously executed grant agreement.
If you did not ask for the maximum grant allocation ($10,000) and would like to increase your grant amount, please notify the IMAGE grant administrator at IMAGE@development.ohio.gov as soon as possible. IMAGE funding is first come, first served.
The list of projected expenses asked on the IMAGE application is strictly an estimate and we understand if your actual expenses vary from the amount listed on your application. To help you understand, here are a few scenarios:
Please contact IMAGE@development.ohio.gov for more information.
Company can expect to receive their reimbursement within 30 days of submission.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program of Ohio is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: SBDC (614) 466-2711.