Through the OHIO - PENNSYLVANIA STATELINE EXPORT INITIATIVE (OPEI), the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network at Youngstown State University, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber (YWRC), the Northwest Commission of Pennsylvania and Youngstown State University (YSU) have joined forces to expand export opportunities in a ten-county regional area.  Comprised of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania, these counties form the eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania borders.

About 

Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network
at Youngstown State University

 

Mousa Kassis

Director, Export Assistance Network

 

Ohio Small Business Development Center
Export Assistance Network
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555

mhkassis@ysu.edu

P: 330.941.2145

Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network is part of Ohio Development Services Agency, Youngstown State University/Williamson College of Business, and the Small Business Development Center, which is partly funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  It is directed by Mousa Kassis who provides the following expertise: company export assessment, compliance guidance, international business plan, company personnel training, leading trade missions, export finance guidance, international connections, and country and product research in Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana counties.

The office is suited for leading the efforts of establishing and implementing the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative because of its ability to leverage a considerable amount of resources such as:

  • Export research center at Williamson College of Business Administration

  • Direct contact and networking with local, state, and federal governmental offices

  • Collaboration with economic development organizations including international trade offices in all counties involved (OH & PA)

  • Direct contact with Ohio Board of Regents related to human resource training

  • Direct involvement and support from Youngstown State University leadership.

  • Engaging and involving top student talent at SBDC/YSU

  • City/State partnership with US EX-IM Bank, and SBA.
     

Sarah Boyarko

Vice President, Economic Development

 

Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber
197 W Market St Suite 400
Warren, OH 44481

Sarah@regionalchamber.com

P:330.744.2131 ext. 1108

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Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber

 

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is a catalyst for efforts to build Youngstown-Warren’s regional economy.  Working with new and existing firms, its award-winning Economic Development Division works on short and long-term projects to add jobs, payroll and taxable investment to the region.  The Chamber has a proven economic development track record.  With our assistance, more than 500 firms have collectively invested $5.5 billion in the area, creating 22,500 new jobs and utilizing or construing 24 million square feet of building space.  The Regional Chamber is the lead economic development organization serving Mahoning and Trumbull Counties in Ohio. It is the single point of contact for all business-related services and coordinates local development efforts among the many organizations working to serve the business community.

With over 20 years of experience, the Regional Chamber provides a broad range of expert, confidential and proven economic development services to assist companies with site and property selection, securing local and state incentives and obtaining a variety of strategic information. The Regional Chamber is thoroughly engaged in the planning of long-term regional strategies to promote economic development in northeast Ohio. More details about the services of the Regional Chamber can be found at www.regionalchamber.com

Williamson College of Business Administration

College of Science, Technology, Engineering

     & Mathematics (STEM)

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

 

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

www.ysu.edu

P: 330.941.3000

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Youngstown State University

 

Youngstown State University, an urban research university, emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world.
 

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Northwest Commission

 

Dorte Heffernan

International Trade Manager

 

Northwest Commission

395 Seneca St

Oil City, PA 16301

dorteh@northwestpa.org

P: 814.677.4800

The Northwest Commission is a local development district serving an eight-county region of Northwest Pennsylvania.  The Northwest Commission also serves as the Regional Export Network (REN) Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD) and is the gateway to Pennsylvania’s Authorized Trade Representatives (ATRs). With the largest network of overseas offices of any state in the U.S., Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD) is committed to supporting Pennsylvania companies by working with them to increase their export sales.   

 

The Northwest Commission's team of international trade experts can assist with:

  • Export Readiness Assessment

  • Target Market Research and Identification

  • Market Entry Strategy Development

  • Foreign Agent/Distributor Search

  • Trade Event/Mission Assistance

  • Funding Opportunities

OPEI Advisory Committee

The advisory committee is made up of representatives from each of the 10 counties participating in the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative.

The objective is to provide direction on international trade activities and help implement strategies to grow trade and investment within the defined OPEI region and periphery.