Global Business Center


Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business hosts an International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC) funded by the Ohio Small Business Development Center. ITAC provides export assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in northeast Ohio to promote business growth through exports.

The goal of the ITAC is to connect Ohioans with international markets and to ensure their success in attracting and flourishing in foreign markets. 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.



We offer insight on the following: logistics, compliance, legal, financing, market research, global strategy, and language and cultural assistance. 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 Strategy Trade Mission Preparation PDF iconWorldwideMarketPrioritizationTool.pdf


The International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC) within the Global Business Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business offers workshops and training sessions for businesses and professionals interested in exporting or increasing their current exports. In addition to the flagship GlobalTarget program, the ITAC offers the GlobalReach series of programs, which can be taken individually or together depending upon your needs and other Events and Programs.

Whether your company is in the early stages of expanding globally, or you are simply looking for up-to-date information about exporting, each series of high impact, quality international business programming will help companies:

  • Learn best practices
  • Provide updated information regarding regulatory trade policies and procedures
  • Identify market needs and requirements

ITAC Services hosted at Cleveland State University are made possible by support from the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The Small Business Development Center 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 Department of Development.