Our Mission

The Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council’s mission is to raise awareness of global exporting and foreign direct investment as an opportunity for economic stability and growth in Southwest Illinois. Identifying and forming strategies to address existing barriers that discourage or limit exporting from our region is also part of our overall mission. Spurring foreign direct investment in SWIL is a top priority. Encouraging existing and potential global exporters here to support services that improve their chances for success in the global marketplace is what we do. Our opportunity as a region is also your opportunity to gain economic stability through exporting your product globally. Learn More →


Go Global Or Go Home


If you’re not exporting, you could be missing a significant amount of market share. And yet, navigating the waters of international trade takes time – time away from your company’s day-to-day essential operations. More →






Who has the time?

For small and emerging businesses, going global is a significant, time-consuming undertaking that could disrupt your existing business activities. It takes time and energy. More →




Who has the research I need?

Taking a small business global is a complex and dynamic process. Gaining a deep understanding of the targeted markets, the competition, current local market trends and the requirements to successfully launch and drive growth is essential. Solid research, data and intel fuels this process. Your exporting-specific information sources must be reliable, credible and accessible. More →

The Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council can put you in touch with the resources to bring your product and your business into the global marketplace. Join us today – and join businesses across the SWIL region that are securing their future in international trade. Let us help you move the needle from concept to reality. Seize the opportunity to begin exporting. Expand your profitability by expanding your world. More →

It’s all about connections. You need them. We’ve got them.



Who is the Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council?

The Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council (SWITIC) is a regional exporting support network whose boundaries include a region encompassing the SWIL counties of Madison, St. Clair, Jersey, Calhoun, Bond, Clinton, Washington, Randolph and Monroe.  A nonprofit organization, SWITIC is governed by a board of directors and members that includes exporters, future exporters, service providers and relevant public-sector entities.  SWITIC is supported by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s International Trade Center and the nine SWIL counties named above.



Become a Member

Joining us is easy! Just email us at contact@swillinoistrade.org and we’ll follow up with you soon. Thanks for your interest.

Trade Missions

SWITIC is in the process of planning trade missions and reverse trade missions for eligible members interested in pursuing their exporting opportunities in particular countries around the world.


Joining SWITIC allows you to tap into an array of relevant resources to help you explore what exporting could mean to your business. Public and private entities and individuals with a wealth of experience in real-world exporting and foreign trade investment are available for SWITIC members to access and learn from.


Contact Us

For more information on how you and your company can get plugged into our organization and begin making exporting a reality, reach us at contact@swillinoistrade.org