Global Business Center

The International Trade Assistance Center is now the SBDC Export Assistance Network

Small Business Development Center Export Assistance NetworkFunded by the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Global Business Center hosts a SBDC Export Assistance Network. The SBDC Export Assistance Network provides export assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (under 500 employees) in Northeast Ohio and helps to promote business growth through exporting and international trade.

Services are primarily provided in the nine counties surrounding the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area, however, the SBDC Export Assistance Network can assist any Ohio company desiring to grow their business through exporting and international trade. The SBDC Export Assistance Network works in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service, as well as providing access to the resources at Cleveland State University.

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Cultural Language AssistanceDocumentation RequirementsExport Basics
Export Compliance EducationExport FinancingExport Readiness Assessment
Global LogisticsInternational Business DevelopmentInternational Business Plan Assistance
Market Research and StrategyTrade Mission PreparationWorldwide Market Prioritization Research
Schedule an appointment with the SBDC Export Assistance Network here.


The Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network team of Certified Global Business Professional Advisors offer low to no-cost counseling services. This business coaching approach can provide valuable assessment of a company's readiness to begin exporting or increase a company's presence within global markets. Our advisors can assist in identifying and growing a company's international trade while mitigating risk.

As a state-sponsored agency, there is no limit to how long a small to medium business can work with the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network. The Ohio SBDC team can be there when you get your first international purchase order, sign a distributor contract or when your business expands to include additional foreign markets.    


The SBDC Export Assistance Network offers workshops and training sessions for businesses and professionals interested in exporting, regulatory trade policies and procedures, expanding into international markets or looking to update their knowledge and skill set surrounding international business.

The SBDC Export Assistance Network offers the GlobalReach series of programs, which can be taken individually or together depending upon your needs.​​​​​​​