Feb 11, 2020

Be Connected to the Global Supply Chain

Grow Your Company Through International Sales

Join us for "Grow Your Company Through International Sales" presented by the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network. 

Did you know that 95% of the world's population is outside of the United States and that 75% of consumers are located outside of the United States?

Learn about the opportunities and capabilities your company has to increase sales by exporting your product. We will give you tools and resources that the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network offers for already exporting companies and those that are interested in going global. We have different programs and grants that can assist you in expanding globally.

Mar 12, 2020

Passport for Goods

The Ins & Outs of ATA Carnets

Join us for "The Ins & Outs of ATA Carnets" presented by Boomerang Carnets. 

ATA Carnets are used to clear customs as a temporary import in 87 countries and territories. Neither duties or import taxes are charged if the goods will be re-exported within 12 months. 

See how Northeast Ohio companies can benefit by using ATA Carnets.

Jan 15, 2020

Host: Small Business Administration (SBA)

Opportunity Zone Business Workshop

Opportunity Zones are an important new economic development tool which allows investors to receive tax relief when they put money into qualified projects in certain designated, economically distressed areas. The heath-building benefits of these investments are supercharged by favorable tax treatment of capital gains.

This workshop will focus on how small and mid-sized businesses can take advantage of the Opportunity Zone. The goal will be to provide business owners and entrepreneurs with quality information, to determine if an Opportunity Zone project is right for them.

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March 22 - 30, 2019

Trade Mission to Vietnam & Thailand

The Ohio Export Assistance Network and the Pennsylvania Northwest Commission lead a joint trade mission to Vietnam and Thailand. Each mission participant received a customized schedule of B2B meetings with potential customers and business partners. 

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Export Initiative Partners Attend Global Cities Summit in Washington DC

Oct 3, 2016

Representatives of the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative attended the Brookings Institution’s Global Cities Summit in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28 and 29 to engage in peer-to-peer learning through panel discussions, workshop sessions, networking opportunities and a public forum. 

OH-PA Export Initiative Receives Prestigious IEDC Award in Cleveland

Sep 28 2016

The OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative that is bringing exporting awareness, foreign direct investment and supply chain matching to a 10-county region in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania received recognition from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at its annual conference in Cleveland.

Regional Chamber, Valley Leaders Visit Cuba to Explore Exporting Opportunities

April 4, 2016

Regional Chamber Senior Vice President of Economic Development Sarah Boyarko was part of a group of eight leaders—including three from the Valley—who traveled to Cuba last week to explore exporting opportunities. The group, comprising elected officials, companies and consultants, was exposed to Cuban culture, specific business opportunities and Cuban education and government officials.

Brookings Director to Visit Valley

October 20, 2015

Marek Gootman, director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Initiatives at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, will visit the Valley tomorrow to meet with Regional Chamber and Youngstown State University leaders, as well as the Steering Committee of the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative.

Area Ranks as Best Cities for Export Assistance

October 20, 2015

 Global Trade Magazine ranked Youngstown one of the “Best Cities for Export Assistance” in its fourth annual “Best Cities for Global Trade” report, citing the innovative OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative.

Register for Mexican/Canadian Customs and NAFTA Update

September 24, 2015

Register now for information on recent significant changes to Mexican and Canadian customs regulations.  This full-day seminar will be held on November 12, 2015 and features representatives from the Conuls of Canada and Mexico as well as  a former Mexican Customs Audit official.  CEU credits may be available for this seminar.

Regional Chamber Developing Business Ties with Germany

September 4, 2015

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber continued its international business push Thursday when a German business consultant visited northeast Ohio.


Regional Chamber Vice President for Economic Development, North America Sarah Boyarko joined a group of northeast Ohio economic development leaders that welcomed Michael Muench, a professional consultant for international business, economic development and social media marketing. Muench, who operates out of Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, is the director of JobsOhio’s German Foreign Direct Investment Office.



Regional Chamber Explores Business Opportunities in India

September 3, 2015

Business opportunities in India are expected to develop for local companies following a meeting with two executives from the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber.

Regional Chamber President and CEO Tom Humphries and Vice President of Economic Development, North America Sarah Boyarko joined a group of Northeast Ohio business leaders for discussions with India Consul General Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay and Deputy Consul General Manoj Kumar Mohapatra. The Indian officials provided updates on the latest opportunities for U.S. companies interested in investing or doing business with India.


Regional Chamber hosts Cuba Delegates

August 28, 2015

Many local companies met recently to prepare for Cuban export opportunities as the island nation and the U.S. continue forging diplomatic relations.  Minister Counselor (Economic & Trade Office) Ruben Armos Arrieta of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington D.C., discussed those emerging opportunities with officials from the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and local business representatives from agricultural, construction, telecommunications, transportation, fashion and art companies.

Chamber VP in Montreal to Explore Business Opportunities

August 18, 2015

The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber pursued several economic development leads during an invitation-only, site consultant forum in Montreal that was part of the international Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives annual convention.

Regional Chamber Vice President of Economic Development, North America Sarah Boyarko, was one of approximately 20 invited to the site selection forum.  While in Montreal, Boyarko scheduled separate meetings with Canadian site consultant CBRE Group, Inc. She discussed the potential for joint ventures with Valley companies, expansion opportunities and the possibility of exporting local products into Canadian markets.

Food Exports Midwest Buyers Mission

April 21, 2015



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Cuban Delegates from Washington to Visit Valley

April 2, 2015

In anticipation of renewed trade relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the Regional Chamber and Youngstown State University are hosting two Cuban diplomats this week. Deputy Chief Juan Lamigueiro and First Secretary Sergio Vazquez of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., will tour two Valley companies and engage in trade discussions with local business representatives. ”

YSU-ITAC Offers Foreign Trade Zone Seminar

This seminar will showcase three highly effective global business support programs for Northeast Ohio businesses:  the Cleveland-Europe Express Linear Service, Foreign Trade Zones and the Global Trade Group.


Cost is $25 and includes continental breakfast.  Payment accepted at door.For more information, contact:  Mousa Kassis, International Trade Advisor at 330.941.2145 or mhkassis@ysu.eduSponsored in part by:  U.S. Small Business Administration.

Panama Canal Expansion Offers Opportunties Along Ohio River

February 16, 2015

From article Panama Canal Expansion Shipping Jobs to Ohio:

...Since 2007, the canal has been the center of a $5 billion project, the first serious upgrade since it was opened in 1914. The expansion, expected to be complete next year, will allow larger ships to make it through to the East Coast, leading to cheaper shipping to and from Asia.  Although it's discouraging news for West Coast ports, for the East and Midwest, the shift in shipping traffic will be an economic boost.
"It really improves our position in terms of distribution out and shipping our products internationally," said Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio.

YSU, Chamber lead 10-county International Trade Effort

January 15, 2015

The 10-county Eastern Ohio-Western Pennsylvania area collaborative launch a new global trade initiative aimed at growing exports in the region.

Global Trade lists Youngstown among most employee-friendly cities

November 9, 2014

The ranking was announced this week when Global Trade published its third annual “Best Cities for Global Trade” report. Employee-friendly is among the 10 “needs-oriented and relevant categories” that exporters consider when making location decisions.

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