Office of Global Business
Global Trade Network

The Global Trade Network includes state agencies, economic development entities across the state, university partners, and small to medium-sized Ohio companies who are focused on expanding their global strategies. This Network is designed to drive Ohio's global competitiveness and navigate new opportunities to create a workforce with the right skillsets, provide Ohio companies with easily accessible export resources, and build a network of companies who can share their best practices.

The Network includes those with varying degrees of global trade competencies: export competent specialty businesses, state agencies, individuals who are working within companies that export, as well as traditional degree-bound students, all interacting under the Global Trade Network framework. The Global Trade Network allows Fisher to be a leader in creating the nexus that enables business to successfully compete in a global environment.

Global Trade Network

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    The U.S. and China: Prospects for Trade and Security Relations: David M. Lampton, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

    Mason Hall Rotunda, OSU Fisher College of Business, 250 W Woodruff Avenue

    March 29, 2018 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Past events

    • Out of the Classroom and Into the World: Provost Bruce McPheron
      • Date: February 15, 2018
      • Time: 8:00 - 11:45 a.m.

    • Global Trade Speaker Series, 2018 Global Economic and Risk Outlook: Michael Weidokal, International Strategic Analysis (ISA)
      • Date: February 1, 2018
      • Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

    • Distinguished Speaker Series, How the China-U.S. Relationship will Shape the Emerging Global Order: Ambassador He Yafei
      • Date: November 15, 2017
      • Time: 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    • 2017 Global Summit: Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow: Keynote Stephen Hooper, Autodesk
      • Date: October 27, 2017
      • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    • Distinguished Speaker Series: Management and the New Demographics: Dr. Mary Yoko Brannen and Dr. Terry Mughan
      • Date: September 18, 2017
      • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

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    Export Assistance Network Director Cohost

    The Fisher College of Business is cohosting one of Ohio's Export Assistance Directors, Roberta Winch. Roberta is the Director of the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network at Columbus State Community College, and through this partnership with Fisher, she has access to Fisher students and resources.

    You can reach Roberta at or connect with her on

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    Global Trade Consulting Group (GTCG)

    GTCG is comprised of Fisher students who have successfully completed the OEIP course and summer export internship. The GTCG utilizes the export skillsets Fisher students developed as part of the OEIP program, and further grows the network. To keep students involved in the global trade sector, Fisher engages them with a real client in a higher-level strategic global trade project.

    Dublin, Ohio Consulting Group

    The first project scope focused on the City of Dublin Economic Development Team who sought an effective global business development strategy that would increase global opportunities for their small to medium-sized Dublin companies. Project teams identified opportunities in specific global regions relative to Dublin's key industry strengths.

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    Top 10 Tips for Global Entrepreneurs

    April 13, 2017 from 4-5:30 pm

    Mason Hall Rotunda, OSU Fisher College of Business, 250 W Woodruff Avenue

    Companies and individuals who engage in international business will find tremendous opportunities but also potential risks. Please join this lively discussion with speaker Jim Foley of the top ten tips to maximize global opportunities while minimizing risks. Participants from both the business community and academic community are encouraged to attend. The session is designed for companies both new to exporting and current exporters and those who support the export function.

    To register:

    Global Summit

    Fisher was a recent co-sponsor of the Global Summit in 2016. The Global Summit highlighted research by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM), an entity also housed by Fisher. CEO's from companies such as Prime Equipment and Ribbon Technology, previously hosts of OEIP students, were present to engage with the network. Panel members explored key facets of exporting in the Americas, including risk, culture, taxes, supply chain, modes of entry, technology, and governmental policy.

    We believe that at a basic level, one of the most significant values in hosting events like the Global Summit are in helping companies eliminate the reasons for not exporting, and tap into the reasons they should be doing it.

    Exporting Seminar with Japan and Korea

    Fisher co-sponsored a visit by the Ambassador of Japan who met with students, faculty, and the business community to discuss global trade opportunities between Ohio and Japan, Ohio's seventh largest export partner. Additionally, the Consul General of Korea visited Fisher to engage and highlight global trade opportunities that exist between Ohio and Korea, Ohio's ninth largest export partner. These seminars have brought together students, interdisciplinary faculty from across OSU campus, and the business community to better understand the dynamics of doing business in these Asia-Pacific regions.

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    The Ohio Export Internship, which began in 2012, demonstrates the positive impact of partnerships between the state of Ohio, its universities, and private industry. The Ohio State University and the Ohio Development Services Agency formed this strategic partnership with the goal to train a global workforce, grow export sales, and create jobs within small to medium-sized Ohio companies. The overall mission is to help close the skills gap between Ohio companies that need employees who know how to export and students from universities across the state of Ohio who have developed those critical global business skills.

    OEIP provides an invaluable opportunity for students to apply classroom learning to current challenges businesses face in today's global economy. A semester class and a 12-week work experience gives interns the opportunity to work with real people at real companies exporting real products. These internships create a workforce that helps Ohio expand exports, builds students' global competencies, and makes a difference for Ohio businesses.

    For more information, please visit our EIP page by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Joyce Steffan, Director at