International Trade Assistance Center



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The International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC), hosted by Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business and funded by the Ohio Small Business Development Center, offers free and discreet business consulting to Small and Medium Sized businesses who want to grow their export sales.

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The ITAC will provide export assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in northeast Ohio to promote growth through exports.

The goal of the ITAC is to connect Ohioans with international markets and to ensure that they know how to attract and flourish with foreign business opportunities. In addition to working in collaboration with our colleagues at the U.S. Commercial Service, the ITAC at Cleveland State University provides access to resources of the school through its faculty, student and professional resources.

Specifically, our services include:

Cultural Language Assistance -  Documentation Requirements -  Export Basics

Export Compliance Education -  Export Financing -  Export Readiness Assessment

Global logistics -  International Business Development - International Business Plan Assistance Market Research and Strategies - Trade Mission Preparation

Worldwide Market Prioritization Research

Find out what the International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC) at Cleveland State University can do for your business:



April 17, 2014 - Doing Business in India 

  • Click here to register.
  • Did you know India is due to surpass China as the most populous country on Earth by 2028? That Indians speak over 1,000 languages? Come speak with Deepti Vithal, international business specialist and attorney. Learn about Ohio's overseas office in Mumbai.

    Deepti VithalAbout  Deepti Vithal, International business specialist and Attorney

    Deepti voluntarily teaches workshops on international business/legal issues. Presenter to various Ohio universities on legal aspects of international business
    While her expertise is in international business/legal issues or on doing business with India she also provides assistance with international business development, export basics, export readiness assessment, regulatory compliance, international business plan creation. 

April 2014 - India Trade Mission, All Industries 

  • Registration is open for the April 22 – May 1, 2014 trade mission.
  • There will be a  “Doing Business in India” Webinar at 10 a.m. on Tuesday December 10, 2014. Click here to register for this free webinar

May 2014 - Sao Paulo, Brazil, Joint Trade Mission for Aerospace & Aviation

  • ODSA is a partner with the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and the US Commercial Service
  • We’re happy to announce an Aerospace & Aviation Trade Mission to Sao Paulo in May 2014 in partnership with ODSA, USEAC and OAI. More details are forthcoming.

May 2014- Singapore & Indonesia Trade Mission, All Industries

  • Registration is open for the May 30 – June 7, 2014 trade mission.
  • Coincides with Singapore World Water Week
  • There will be a “Doing Business in Singapore & Indonesia” webinar at 10 a.m. on Wednesday December 11, 2014.  Click here to register for this free webinar

Certified Global Business Professional Training Course Online

Interested in getting a jump on how to get your company started in –or expand– foreign markets? Train your employees or go for that defining certification that will help distinguish you from the rest? This online course, a preparation tool to sitting for the CGBP exam will help you do that.  This is the most comprehensive overview of international business – from export compliance, logistics, international marketing, market selection, payment tools and much more. Fifteen narrated sessions. Includes access to CGBP practice exam and International Logistics e-textbook.

Online and in person courses available this spring: click here for more information.


Ohio’s Overseas Economic Development Assistance Centers

Take advantage of Ohio’s eight in-market economic assistance centers. Ohio has offices in: Canada, China, Brazil, EU (also covers Russia), India, Israel, Japan and Mexico. Contact the ITAC if you’re interested to take advantage of free access to these centers to begin a trade project. (Ohio-based companies only. Majority USA content requirement may apply.)

Ohio Export Internship Program Looking for Host Companies

Back for a third year! This “virtuous cycle” program is considered a national model for export and workforce development. The Ohio Development Services Agency is looking for companies willing to host an “export intern” for summer 2014. These students – who come from colleges across Ohio and are selected from a highly competitive field – are placed in companies looking to grow their export sales. Best of all, ODSA supplements half the intern’s stipend.

To read about the Export Internship Program click here.

We are actively recruiting companies to participate. Deadline to apply is January 15. Click here for the application.


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Nate Ward (The director of the ITAC) brings international experience within manufacturing and banking as well as diverse cultural and linguistic knowledge to the ITAC. Nate brings seven years of experience in sales, logistics, marketing, pricing, research, and product development – all with international focus. He speaks multiple languages including French, Spanish and Japanese.

Reach Nate at (216)-523-7347 or

Meghan Salkin


Meg Salkin is the Special Programs Coordinator for the Centers for Outreach and Engagement in the Monte Ahuja College of Business. She is responsible for internal and external meeting logistics, program development, marketing and communications for the Centers. She obtained her MAGI (Master of Arts in Global Interactions) from Cleveland State University in December 2011.

Reach Meg at (216)-687-4750 or




The Daavlin CompanyDavid Swanson of The Daavlin Company

The Daavlin Company is a small medical device company specializing in phototherapy.It exports to over 70 countries and territories from its modest but efficient headquarters in rural Bryan, OH (pop. 8,210).  All Daavlin phototherapy sales and marketing activities are conducted from this office through a network of exclusive international distributors. They ship to many popular export destinations such as Canada, Mexico and Germany. But they also export to many "underserved markets" such as Brunei, Pakistan and Iran among many others. In the case of Iran in particular, a special export license was required that took three years to obtain, but Daavlin was persistent and ultimately won the right to sell.

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President David W. Swanson (above) serves as an

advocate of small business expansion into foreign markets.


Monte Ahuja College of Business
1860 E. 18th Street, BU401                     

Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Phone: 216-523-7347                                         

Fax: 216-687-9331

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The Small Business Development Center Program of Ohio (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

ODSA works to support Ohio's businesses, large and small, as they maneuver in the global economy. Whether a company is established in the state and looking to expand, a technology company ready to move from the lab to commercialization, or an entrepreneur establishing a new small retail business, ODSA has resources to assist these businesses as they grow. ODSA resources include the Small Business Development Centers, the Minority Business Development Centers, and International Trade Assistance Centers, as well as the Small and Minority Business Financial Incentives Programs, and Ohio Third Frontier.


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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Executive Development Center
2121 Euclid Avenue, BU 327
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
The Global Business Center
Monte Ahuja Hall, Rm. 327
1860 East 18th Street
Phone: 216.687.4750
Fax: 216.687.9331

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