International Marketing

Why Export?  Because the global market is huge! More than 96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S. And two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power resides outside the U.S. Our nation has 14 free trade agreements with 20 countries. And, it’s important to note that 97 percent of U.S. exporters are companies just like yours – small to medium sized businesses.

Specialists in the International Trade Network can help your company grow revenues and create jobs by expanding into global markets. Through counseling services, training opportunities and programs, specialists will help you:

  • Assess your business’s readiness to export
  • Conduct market research
  • Identify potential export markets and foreign trade partners
  • Assist in assessing foreign market entry options
  • Create an export plan
  • Learn about export compliance and documentation
  • Connect to key public and private sector international trade resources
  • Explore export finance and credit insurance options
  • Identify international trade education, seminars and certifications

The International Trade Network consists of partners to coordinate and streamline delivery of international trade services to primarily new-to-export and new-to-market companies.

The partners in the international trade network and their roles include:

The Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers, which are the lead service providers for companies that are new-to-export. They will help you assess your readiness for exporting, develop your export plan, conduct initial international market research to aid you in selecting your target markets, facilitate your connection to other state, federal and private sector resources and integrate services from our other statewide programs, such as the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers or the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center. Services are offered through educational sessions or individualized business counseling.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development offers a variety of new-to-market services that include making prescreened contacts for Missouri firms in countries in which the department has staff, coordinating tradeshow and trade missions for Missouri companies, providing customized company missions, identifying market opportunities, obtaining certificates of free sale, accessing financing for export-ready companies, clarifying regulations and facilitating contact with department staff in other countries.

The U.S. Commercial Service focuses on assisting new-to-market companies by providing the Gold Key Service, International Partner Searches, Verified Contact Lists and International Company Profiles. The Commercial Service can assist with country-specific rules and regulations, new-to-market counseling services, troubleshooting problems for clients, advocating on behalf of U.S. companies with foreign governments and sharing trade leads.

Missouri trade specialists all have professional certification through NASBITE International. All have completed the Certified Global Business Professional training. They are uniquely qualified to assist your company in lessening your dependence on domestic markets and entering the international marketplace.

For more information or to request assistance, contact:

SBTDC International Trade Center
Larry Dill, State Director
(314) 899-9858
[email protected]


Missouri International Trade & Investment Office
Ann Pardalos, Manager
(573) 751-6605
[email protected]