Connecting Exporters

Collage of 4 panelist headshots from the "Mid America Trade Summit Exporter Panel: Insights into Export Success

Each fall, the MU International Trade Center, along with trade assistance partners from across the region, hosts the Mid-America Trade Summit.  The summit provides a unique opportunity to bring together top exporters, global trade leaders and trade assistance providers from across Mid-America. Outstanding exporters are invited to share their export stories — highlighting best practices and lessons learned that have contributed to their export success. The event also provides opportunity to recognize the companies who are achieving export success via the annual Outstanding Exporter Honoree recognitions.

The 2023 Mid-America Trade Summit attracted its largest attendee audience yet, bringing together 75 company representatives and trade assistance providers and an equal number of MU Trulaske College of Business students. The 2023 Trade Summit drew the kudos and praise of attendees thanks to featured sessions such as:

  • US-Mid-America-China Trade Relations and International Trade and Tourism
  • Insights into Export Success
  • Global Logistics
  • Navigating International Regulations (practitioner-led session)
  • Leveraging Resources
  • Building & Sustaining Successful International Sales

As shared by one attendee: This conference is an excellent opportunity to learn from successful small business exporters from a variety of industries across the Midwest region as well as connect with expert resources. I highly recommend attending to anyone interested in expanding their global footprint and wanting to connect with other businesses and resources.


The date for the 2024 Mid-America Trade Summit will be announced soon.