International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment

certificate_of_originAs a business strategy, exporting promotes growth and stability within companies. The OH-PA-Region metro area exports approximately one quarter of its goods to international markets. Given its importance in our local economy, the Regional Chamber is committed to assisting companies with international trade whether attracting foreign direct investment or exploring exporting opportunities. 

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Ohio-Pennsylvania Stateline Export Initiative

Focused on growing exports along with building foreign direct investment in the region, this ten-county program was founded in collaboration by the Regional Chamber, Youngstown State University-Export Assistance Network Office and Northwest Commission of Pennsylvania.

The ten counties border the Ohio and Pennsylvania state line and include Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull in Ohio and Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence and Mercer in Pennsylvania.

The initiative offers programs and direct assistance specifically geared toward growing exports. Information services are also provided to assist foreign companies with their investment into the 10-county region.

Please visit the website for more information including events, contacts and opportunities.

Trade Mission to the Czech Republic & Poland
April 3-9, 2022

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The Ohio Pennsylvania Stateline Export Initiative invites you to join us for an international trade mission to the Czech Republic and Poland in April 2022.
Meeting face-to-face with prospective customers and partners is crucial to establishing business relationships in the Czech Republic and Poland. We can help you meet your business objectives by designing a business itinerary tailored to your company's specific needs. As a participant, you will receive market research and intelligence so you can confidently meet one-on-one with prequalified business partners, knowing they match your business criteria.

CZECH REPUBLIC and POLAND as a CEE gateway - Given factors such as prosperity, stability, market size, buying power and ease of doing business, the Czech Republic and Poland are the undisputed leaders among countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Both countries are a preferred gateway to CEE and suitable for companies that already export to Western Europe, or exporters looking for new markets.  

VALUE IN MARKETS - In 2020, Ohio and Pennsylvania exported a total of $129 million of goods and services to the Czech Republic and similarly $270 million to Poland.

OPPORTUNITIES- Business opportunity sectors include, but are not limited to:

  • Automotive parts & equipment
  • Electrical parts & equipment
  • Energy & environmental technologies
  • IT, IoT, and high-tech products
  • Medical technologies
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Infrastructure & Intelligent transport systems

    Registration is due November 30, 2021. Registration form available here

    For more information, contact Mousa Kassis, Director, Ohio SBDC EAN at YSU, at 330.941.2145 or  
    Your company may be eligible for certain financial assistance from Ohio's STEP program.  Contact Mousa Kassis for details.

    The Ohio Pennsylvania Export Initiative is a collaboration of Ohio Small Business Development Center Export Assistance Network at Youngstown State University, Northwest Commission and Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.  For more information, visit