FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have any questions, not covered here, please feel free to contact us.
Q. What is the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative?
The OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative is a 10-county, multi-state collaboration of economic development agencies that provide assistance in exporting, attracting foreign investment, building supplier relationships and retaining/expanding current businesses in the region it serves. As a single point-of-contact for companies, the initiative leverages the resources of the entire network to help you navigate through the exporting process.
Q. How do I get involved?
If you are a manufacturer or business service provider, you are asked to take a survey about your current exporting experience, if any, and supply chain capabilities. This data is used to match your company with potential opportunities.
If you are an economic development agency, workforce development professional or consultant, please contact your local county partner for more information about the program.
Q. Are there costs associated with the program?
There is no charge for participating in the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative. However, depending on the services requested, there may be a charge from third-party vendors, such as attorneys or financiers, who may provide additional services beyond the scope of the program. The fees, if any, will be discussed, quoted and contracted separately from the program, without any obligation on the part of the company.
Q. Who is my local county partner? How do I contact them?
The OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative covers a ten-county region which includes: Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties in Ohio and Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence and Mercer Counties in Pennsylvania. You can find your county’s local partner by visiting our About Us page at www.ohpaexports.com or you can contact us at 330.941-2145 or 330.744.2131 ext 1108 and we will assist you in contacting your local partner.
Q. What type of businesses will benefit most from the Initiative?
Businesses that provide goods and professional services will benefit the most from the Initiative, especially businesses that are already exporting or seeking to develop an international trade strategy. An assessment of your business strengths and weaknesses will be conducted to determine the best use of Initiative resources.
Q. Why do you need my supply chain information?
We are often asked by companies seeking to do business in the area about special capabilities or needs that they have. We look to source those capabilities or needs locally whenever possible, saving the company transportation costs as well as building economic stability within our regional community. As always, the information you provide is confidential and will only be shared with your designated county partner.