Ohio Seeking Companies to Hire Export Interns

The State of Ohio will reimburse 50 percent of intern wages

Are you a business interested in selling your products or services internationally? The Ohio Development Services Agency is seeking companies who are currently exporting or interested in pursuing export opportunities.

The Ohio Export Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to businesses interested in exporting by matching them with highly-motivated college students who have taken export-focused coursework. This year, 42 students from 12 different Ohio universities have been selected to participate in the program.

“Our students can help Ohio businesses market and sell their quality goods and services to the world,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Ohio Development Services Agency offers participating small to medium-sized businesses a 50 percent reimbursement for the wages of the intern.

In the six years of the program there have been 190 student-company matches, resulting in more than $31 million in expected global sales and 35 full-time job offers to students.

The deadline for companies to apply is March 1, 2018. The summer internship runs from May 14 through August 10, 2018. Ohio companies can apply at

The program is a partnership between the Ohio Development Services Agency, The Ohio State University, Youngstown State University and Cleveland State University. To learn more about the Ohio Export Internship Program, click here:


Vote Now for the 2017 Member of the Year!

The Member of the Year is awarded to a member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for NAWBO Columbus this year. She is someone who has given of her time and talent to better the organization, and who influences the growth and professional development of our organization and guides individual members in their own growth and development. She models effective leadership and commitment to the group over time.

Voting is open to all NAWBO Columbus Members. Please remember, one vote per member. Voting ends on December 31, 2017. 


Our 2017 nominees are:

Sharon DeLay, GO-HR, Member since 2005 

Why she was nominated:

Sharon used her expertise in human resources and social media to support NAWBO Columbus. She served on the Board as VP of Communications. In addition, she served on the Visionary Awards Committee for several years and is a member of the NAWBO National Board Nominating Committee. Sharon is giving of her time and and talent to support the Chapter.



Sue Kantor, Sophisticated Styling, Member since 2009

Why she was nominated:

Sue goes above and beyond to introduce herself to new members and help them feel included. She is masterful at connecting NAWBO members to each other and/or with business leaders, leading to successful collaborations. She served as VP of Programming for two years, leading her committee to create meaningful and relevant programming that resulted in a significant increase in monthly meeting attendance. Sue is always kind and inclusive and has everyone's best interest at heart.



Margaret Lipp, REMAX Realtors, Member since 2013

Why she was nominated:

Margaret has cultivated the most successful, tight knit membership committee.  Her A+, can-do attitude is terrific and her instincts are strong. Margaret’s service to the chapter as VP of Membership displays exemplary NAWBO values and supports a warm and welcoming culture, as well as leadership among her committee.


Mary McCarthy, Your Management Team, Member since 2011

Why she was nominated:

Mary is always promoting NAWBO and serves as an active voice in advocating for legislation that promotes and supports woman business owners. She serves on the Public Policy Committee




Babiya Polk, Aflac, Member since 2014

Why she was nominated:

Babiya is an enthusiastic member & ambassador for NAWBO Columbus. When I was new to the organization, she quickly swooped in and got me connected. She keeps our roundtable moving forward. She is Secretary of the Board and serves on the membership and corporate partner committees. While facing both personal & professional challenges, she is fearless and (to quote the great Tom Petty) she does not back down. As a NAWBO corporate partner, she embodies NAWBO values and believes in the NAWBO purpose.

Babiya has been a tireless volunteer for the last three years working to cultivate corporate partners and serve as a liaison for programming. She is a fierce and positive advocate for the Chapter. She secured her own corporate Partnership with Aflac to support the organization. I strongly believe she deserves to be member of the year.

Voting is only open to NAWBO Columbus Members.