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 to international markets.

Our eighth in a series of Virtual Roundtables is focused on assisting you with the questions you might have. The ITC stands ready to serve as a resource. To that end, we would like to invite you to participate in a 90 minute Zoom connection, that is uniquely created for current and potential exporters like you. On Tuesday, December 7th  from 10:30am to noon (CDT), you will have the opportunity to ask questions, share challenges and gain solutions from experienced exporters and international sales professionals.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect without leaving your office and also get immediate access to export funding via the ISTEP program and the newest CARES Act supplemental funds and become another Southern Illinois export success story!

Southern Illinois Exporters Get Creative To Survive and Thrive in 2021

Entering 2021, small businesses had to adapt to survive! Business owners and management had to deal with employees working from home, virtual sales calls were instituted, and in-person trade shows were suspended. Additionally, the supply chain became cumbersome, the labor market became a major constraint, and logistics delays were common. Business activities that previously worked, now did not, creating an export business dilemma.

SIUE and the Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council have brought together a panel of business leaders to share their experiences and best practices which allowed their businesses to succeed and thrive.


WHEN:   Tuesday, December 7th, 2021. 10:30 am-12 noon

WHERE:  Your computer or phone via Zoom



In this 90-minute webinar, our guest panel will be providing their insight and expertise to those in attendance. Valuable lessons will be discussed and there is no doubt about the benefit to other small businesses who export and supporting organizations.

Panel Guests:

  • Bobby Wondolowski – President of the Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council, & Sales and Customer Relations Manager of K-Pro U.S., LP
  • Marshall Girtman – Domestic and International Sales, Special Mine Services, Inc.
  • David Kniepkamp  – President, Smart Controls, LLC.
  • Brandon Sachtleben – Contract Administrator, Red Bud Industries, Inc.
  • Michael Strope – VP Sales & Marketing, Marsh Shipping Supply Company, LLC.
  • Karen Tinsley-Sroka – CEO, My Scratch Offs (Invited)

Moderator: Tom Dustman, International Sales Director of Sunnen Products Company, an international sales executive with 25+ years of experience who serves on the National District Export Council for the Midwest region.  

Space is limited and registration is required.   Flier Is enclosed.

Questions and to register Send an email to the ITC at with contact information for each member of your organization who will be connecting with us (name, company name, email address, phone number). You will be receiving a confirmation message with a direct link to connect with us via Zoom.

Note: Participation in this program will be prioritized to businesses located in the Southern Illinois region

Registration deadline is Friday, December 3rd . Be part of the discussion, or feel free to listen and absorb.  We look forward to your participation!