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Appalachian Export Development Program


The Appalachian Export Development Program helps companies in Ohio’s Appalachian counties grow their business internationally.


Accepted applicants will be paired with an export advisor to create a plan to export their products and services. Grant funds will be available to help implement the export plan. Companies will be eligible for up to $15,000 in grant funds per year. This grant will operate on a 75% reimbursement basis. If a company spends $20,000 on approved and eligible activities, the company would be reimbursed $15,000 upon submission and approval of a reimbursement request.

For Whom

Companies must be located in one of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian region counties. They must be a licensed for-profit business in Ohio to manufacture, assemble, and/or distribute a product or provide an exportable service. Companies must have been in business no less than one year before applying, must be in good standing with all State of Ohio agencies, and must be eligible for counseling by the Ohio Small Business Development Center Export Assistance Network. Companies must not have received an IMAGE grant.

Program Contact

Businesses interested in learning more about the program may contact Program Manager Andrew Borst at Andrew.Borst@development.ohio.gov.

How Much

Companies are eligible for up to $15,000 in grant funds per year for eligible activities.

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