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Welcome to our newest Trade Advisor



We are proud to announce the addition of Paula Avila as our newest Trade Advisor. Paula is passionate about economic development, country risk assessment, data analytics, international financial instruments, as well as sustainability. She is excited to contribute her expertise and economist background to help Northeast Ohio businesses thrive in international markets. Paula is a proud Latina, University of Michigan graduate, and Midwestern winters fan. Paula meets with clients in the Cleveland Suburbs East.

The Cleveland Suburbs West Trade Advisor is David Delgado. With has over 30 years of experience in international business; David is coming to us from a major Cleveland based consumer products company. He is a multi-lingual consultant, speaker, and program moderator in geo-political, international relations, and cross-cultural issues. David is also a licensed USCBP international trade broker.

Nate Ward meets with clients in the Akron and Cleveland Suburbs South. His international business experience includes sales, logistics, marketing, pricing, research and product development; and extensive experience within manufacturing and banking industries. In addition to his diverse cultural knowledge, Nate speaks multiple languages including French, Spanish, and Japanese. In addition to being a Trade Advisor, Nate is also Director of the Global Business Center and the SBDC Export Assistance Network.


Counseling is free and confidential. Meetings with trade advisors are by appointment only. We also offer low-cost options for larger scale consulting projects and company-wide training. We offer both in-person and virtual advising meetings. Call 216-687-7347 or email: Nate Ward at