The Northern Kentucky University International Business Center (IBC) has opened an off-campus outreach office in Highland Heights that provides assistance to local businesses looking to enhance their export capabilities or to develop effective strategies for competing in global markets.
The office is headed by David Hrovat, a former Fortune 500 international business executive and president of D.J. Hrovat & Associates, an international management-consulting firm.
“The outreach office is prepared to provide any level of service needed, whether it is simply giving advice on a specific export or trade issue or more in-depth consulting and assistance in formulating international growth plans and strategies, developing international management expertise, finding international partners or evaluating specific international business opportunities,” Hrovat said. “Our staff can also assist pre-launch ventures in developing business plans that are international in scope and facilitate contact with prospective international partners, distributors and suppliers.”
Clients of the outreach center will receive guidance via several avenues that include student-driven research projects and case analysis, one-on-one counseling with NKU faculty, referral to outside agencies, market research and consulting services.
The IBC is partnering with the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Commerce Department to provide additional resources and assistance.