A new feature at the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center was launched last week to increase collaboration on a large scale.

A new feature at the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center was launched last week to increase collaboration on a large scale.

The Dublin International Business Assistance Center (DIBAC) was launched June 21 in an effort to go global.

"We're adding a new dimension to the DEC in the form of new programming," said Dan McDaniel, deputy city manager and director of economic development. "We're celebrating the diversity we have in Dublin and will promote international business development."

McDaniel said the DEC's success has come not just in job creation but also because of networking and collaborating.

The idea for the DIBAC came about because "the world is getting smaller" with the concept of globalism, McDaniel said. Dublin's diverse population and involvement with the Intelligent Community Forum think tank also had a hand in the idea.

With Dublin recognized as a Top 21 and Top 7 Intelligent Community by the New York-based ICF, "I realized how much collaboration could happen between our city and other ICF cities across the globe and just how much economic development potential there is," McDaniel said.

The DIBAC will offer space, networking opportunities, resources, technology, funding and education.

Chaz Freutel, representing Get-U-Connected at the DEC, said the region has been in want of something like the DIBAC.

"It's something that's been needed in all of central Ohio," he said. "I think that the region is starting to recognize the importance of putting a more concentrated effort on international relations."

The DIBAC will mean more programming at the DEC with an international focus, including the subjects of exporting and overseas investments, Freutel said.

"Last year, we had four international-related events all put on for us by Ohio Small Business Development Center," he said. "They do 60 to 70 events for us. This year, we've already done one (event) on importing, so they'll be doing more of those events for us.

"We've already lined up an additional six events," he said. "Between now and the end of year, we hope to have 15 to 20 events for this. We'll be sending out invitations to these folks."

Dublin already has many international businesses, such as Wendy's, Cardinal Health and Ashland, McDaniel said. This new service at the DEC could help other businesses that are considering it.

"We have a lot of small- and medium-size businesses that think more globally, too," he said. "The more and more I get out and talk to companies, I see more and more companies looking at that. It's important in the role as a city to try to help facilitate relationships and a learning environment and help businesses and attract international business, as well."

Freutel, who will have a hand in the DIBAC, said he's looking forward to collaborating with such groups as Fisher College, Ohio State University, Columbus2020! and JASCO (Japan-American Society of Central Ohio).

"These groups are donating their time and draw additional people to this area and to the DEC," he said. "The collaborative approach keeps costs to a minimum, and we have a lot of good sponsors coming in and helping with food and beverages. We're doing this at a minimal cost to the city of Dublin and providing excellent programming with an attraction."

For more information on the DIBAC or to see a schedule of events, visit decindublin.com.