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2022 Go Global with USAKO Group

2022 Go Global with USAKO Group

Date: April 6, 2022 • Time: 3pm • Location: 911 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101 Sharptooth & Purina Boardroom (T-REX) Each of 5 Korean start-up companies will make short presentations about their business and expansion plan. Registration is required by email at admin@usakogroup.com due to limited seating capacity. (Mask wearing may be required. One will be provided for the

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Taking it to the Next Level: Women/Minority-Owned Business and Exporting

This 1-hour program will introduce key exporting topics as described by successful Midwestern small business owners and U.S. government international trade experts. All businesses are welcome, including those who may not have considered exporting or who may not know where to start.

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Trade Mission to South America and Business Conference

The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration is organizing a trade mission to South America that will include the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in South America Conference in São Paulo, Brazil on May 15-20, 2022

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Survive and Thrive in 2021: Live Panel

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at SIUE (ITC), in partnership with the Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council, has created  this forum to discuss export challenges, where you can bounce ideas off of your regional exporting peers, and develop solutions to navigate these ongoing uncharted waters due to the pandemic to remain successful in selling your goods and services

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Welcome Julia Garard

Julia Garard is currently working with SWITIC as an intern assisting with community outreach and marketing efforts. She is attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is in the School of Business working to earn her degree towards Economics.

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Quarterly SWITIC Meeting

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy to start the second half of 2021. Our next virtual meeting will be held on Thursday October 28, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (CST). Be on the lookout for the RSVP invite. Also a quick reminder to get those invites out for anyone you think would be interested in learning about

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Quarterly SWITIC Meeting

Hope everyone is staying safe and doing well in the new year. Our next virtual meeting will be held on Thursday January 28, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (CST). If you have not already done so please RSVP if you will be in attendance and contact Edie Koch with any questions.

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The ITC at SIUE and the CARES Act

Financial Assistance Did you know your business could be eligible to receive up to $27,000 (per year) to help start or increase your exports and reach new international buyers? In addition, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress on March 27, 2020, there is financial assistance available to you and your company along

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Go Global!

The Education Committee will take the lead in developing an annual in depth export training program for Southwest Illinois companies. This is a cooperative effort between SWITIC and the International Trade Center at SIUE.    

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Foreign Trade Zones

America’s Central Port became a grantee of the FTZ program for the economic development benefits it can bring to companies in our region. Many companies, especially those in manufacturing, import items in order to produce the product that they are looking to export. Duties on imported items are eliminated when they are exported. In some instances, this may be a

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