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Export Resources

With $11.5 billion of goods and services exported in 2012, exports are a large and growing force in the Columbus Region. Dozens of resources exist to help companies begin or better their exporting potential, from business planning and financing to trade missions and shipping.

For further discussion on your company's exports, contact Deborah Scherer at or 614-225-6096.

Export Counseling

U.S. Commercial Service - Central Ohio
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Its Central Ohio office leverages a network of experienced tradecraft staff in 150+ cities and over 70 countries worldwide to connect area exporters to buyers and international partners while offering comprehensive export counseling and services.
Contact: Roberta Ford, Director | | 614-365-9510

Ohio International Trade Assistance Center
Part of the Ohio Development Services Agency, ITAC offers free to low-cost export counseling services include international business planning, compliance, documentation, financing and logistics. Other services include education and promotion events, market research assistance and the Ohio Export Internship Program.
Contact: Roberta P. Winch, ITAC Director | | 614-287-3850
Contact: Wesley Aubihl, Assistant Deputy Chief | | 614-644-0262
Contact: Tom Bainbridge, Export Assistance Program Manager | | 614-728-3120
Contact: Thien Bui, Export Assistance Program Specialist | | 614-464-7807

Business Opportunities

Business Information Database System
BIDS is a web-based portal to help U.S. businesses learn about significant international commercial opportunities. The site features a map and detailed information of projects with potential contract or tender opportunities. It also provides information to contact U.S. embassies overseas.


U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA provides a number of loan programs specifically designed to help develop or expand trade and export activities. SBA also has trade promotion and finance managers located in its U.S. Export Assistance Centers, including its Ohio center. 
Contact: Patrick Hayes, International Trade Finance Manager, Eastern U.S. | | 216-522-4731
Contact: Alex Kohls, Senior Area Manager | | 614-633-6372

Export-Import Bank of the United States
Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. It does not compete with private sector lenders but provides export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing. Ex-Im Bank assumes credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept, and provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing), export credit insurance, and loan guarantees and direct loans (buyer financing).
Contact: Mark Klein, Regional Director | | 312-353-8073

The following Columbus Region banks service Ex-Im Bank products:
Bank of America
Contact: Jeannine E. Schorn, Director, Global Trade - Structured Finance | | 312-992-9772

First Merit Bank
Contact: Art Rice, Vice President and Manager, International Operations and Product Management | | 330-384-7178

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
Contact: Craig Larsen, Vice President | | 248-244-3663

Key Bank
Contact: Bob Kurek, Vice President - International Marketing | | 216-689-7193

PNC Bank
Contact: Gary S. Sladek, CTP, Senior Vice President - International Banking | | 216-488-7716

Trade Missions

U.S. Department of Commerce
Department of Commerce trade missions are overseas programs for U.S. firms that want to explore and pursue export opportunities by meeting directly with potential clients in their markets. Trade missions include one-to-one meetings foreign industry executives and government officials, networking events with guests from local industry multipliers, briefings and roundtables with the legal and business community, site visits and media coverage.
Contact: Roberta Ford, Director | | 614-365-9510

Council of Great Lakes Governors
CGLG leads multi-state trade missions to assist small- to medium-sized companies export their goods and services. Trade missions allow companies to visit international markets as part of an organized group of business people. Each participant receives one-on-one business appointments with interested distributors and agents customized by the Council's International Trade Offices.
Contact: Wesley Aubihl, Assistant Deputy Chief | | 614-644-0262
Contact: Zoe Munro, Program Manager | | 312-407-0177

Food Export Association of the Midwest USA
Food Export-Midwest offers the opportunity to participate in focused trade missions throughout the year. This service offers U.S. companies both a sales opportunity and educational experience.  The missions bring a group of U.S. companies to a country to learn first-hand about the market and meet face-to-face with local buyers.
Contact: Tim Sword, Global Agricultural Program Manager | | 614-728-3120


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