Work With Ohio

Ohio products and services have the high quality and craftsmanship you expect for your business.

Ohio has the logistical capabilities to deliver products when you need them. And Ohio businesses have the support of their government to ensure your relationship with Ohio business is successful. Ohio is a leader in many industry sectors that can help businesses, including aviation, manufacturing, food processing, agricultural machinery, and medical technology. 

Ohio companies can provide high-quality products across a wide spectrum of industries. The Ohio Department of Development assists Ohio companies with entering new export markets or increasing their exports. Our Office of Small Business and Global Trade helps businesses pay the wages of export-trained interns, reimburses companies for costs associated with exporting, provides in-market support for businesses, and maintains a network of export-focused advisors around the state. 

Ohio is the ninth-largest exporting state in the U.S., consistently ranking as one of the top 10 exporting states in the nation. Machinery, vehicles, aircraft, electrical machinery, plastics, and oil seed are the top export industries. Our export assistance team has helped many Ohio companies market their products in other countries. 

Here are some examples:


Hartzell Hardwoods

is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2023 Great Lakes Regional Exporter of the Year.

Hartzell produces walnut lumber and other high-quality hardwoods. The company used grant funds administered by the Department of Development to expand its export sales. It sends its products to more than 30 countries around the world.


Kirila Fire Training Facilities

Kirila manufactures, installs, and maintains fire safety training simulators, including aircraft simulations, buildings, vehicles, and more. The company used export counseling and an internship program to build its export program and now sells its products in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Guam.


Earthquaker Devices

Earthquaker Devices grew from a one-person operation in a basement to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s national Exporter of the Year in 2019. The guitar pedal manufacturer worked with the Department of Development’s export assistance programs to market its products to musicians and distributors around the world.

To learn more about partnering with Ohio companies, contact us.

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Paris Air Show 2023

The Ohio Department of Development is collaborating with JobsOhio and the Ohio Aerospace Institute to host seven businesses at Paris Air Show 2023. Learn more about our partners:

June 19-25

Parc des Expositions Paris, Le Bourget, France

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