The State of Ohio provides additional services through its Department of Development’s Global Markets Division and the Strategic Investments Division. Currently, the state has 13 international trade offices in 12 foreign countries. Related to this, the state has recently enacted a number of tax reforms with the goal of dramatically lowering the cost of doing business in Ohio. Key advantages of this tax reform include no tax on inventory, corporate income, and investments in machinery and equipment. It also reduces both personal income tax and state sales tax. To support this, the Ohio Department of Development offers a wide variety of tax credits and exemptions to companies locating and expanding their businesses in Ohio.
Finally, the U.S. Government has more than 20 agencies in the region that directly or indirectly interacts with international businesses. Key among these is the U.S. Department of Commerce and its International Trade Administration. Additionally, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) provide the necessary assistance to navigate through the myriad of import and export activities in the U.S.