Putting products and services in front of international customers can help businesses reach two-thirds of the world’s buying power which is outside of the United States. Ohio Development Services Agency’s International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program helps eligible Ohio businesses increase exports and create jobs. The grant provides a 50 percent reimbursement, up to $10,000, for eligible activities.
It was a difficult decision, but in July, just less than 4 weeks before the August 7th event, Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) announced that their signature fundraiser, HomeGrown Geauga (HGG), was going to be 100% virtual. HGG provides key support for Geauga Growth Partnership’s mission to enhance the economic climate in Geauga County by attracting new business, supporting existing businesses, and preparing the workforce of the future. This critical event was scheduled to take place in person at Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens; however, out of concern for the health and wellness of sponsors and supporters, GGP made the call to hold the fundraiser as a live streaming event.
The Clinton County Port Authority was invited to apply for a Duke Energy Local Community Impact Grant earlier in the year, and recently received notification that it was successful in obtaining the $2,500 grant.
“We believed our new program would be the perfect fit for the funds the Duke Program targets,” said Economic Development Director, Jennifer Ekey. “We will be using them specifically for long-term strategic planning and marketing materials that portray Economic Development opportunities in Clinton County.”
The State of Ohio wants to help businesses grow, and boost international marketing or logistics, while training the future workforce.
BUCYRUS — For years, Ohio’s economic development efforts have centered on the “Three C’s”: Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
Gary Frankhouse, executive and economic development director for the Crawford Partnership, wants to add a fourth C: the U.S. 30 Corridor.
“We’re trying to eliminate a county-boundary mindset and create a regional marketing approach,” he said.