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Global Gateway Logistics

Global Gateway Logistics is a digital freight forwarding firm reinventing the global shipping process to create transparency and strategy for importers and exporters. By integrating technology and an extraordinary customer service experience, they aim to make logistics simple, fast, and reliable. Services include domestic and global air, ocean, rail and ground transportation as well as consulting and supplemental services.


Logo: NASBITE International
NASBITE International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on the  advancement of trade education and professionalism in support of global  business. Specifically, NASBITE is the leading authority for global business education, trade credentialing, training and practice, and NASBITE is also the steward of the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential. NASBITE has nearly 2000 CGBPs and members in the United States, Canada and Mexico who work as trade assistance providers, managers in exporting companies and experts in a wide range of service-oriented companies that support international trade.


Logo: Small Business Administration

SBA’s Office of International Trade (OIT) enables small business expansion into the global economy.  Three main avenues to accomplish this are 1) The State Trade Expansion Program, which provides grants to small businesses though State trade offices to help business begin or expand exporting; 2) A trade hotline and Fast Track Service for small businesses to discuss unique challenges with going global and identify potential resource solutions, via; and 3) Access to capital to support global sales growth through a nationwide network of Export Finance Managers housed in U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) around the country.  


SBA’s participation in this activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.


Logo: Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM is an independent, self-sustaining federal agency that supports American jobs by financing the export of U.S. goods and services—at no cost to American taxpayers.  When businesses in the United States, or their customers, are unable to secure export financing from the private sector (e.g., due to political or economic uncertainty), EXIM fills in the gap by equipping American businesses with the tools to compete for global sales. Visit:
Logo: MO Dept of Economic Development
The Missouri International Trade & Investment Office (ITI) is the lead agency for export assistance and trade promotion in the State of Missouri.  The ITI is a full service agency with 12 foreign offices in key world markets that assist to discharge the products and services offered to Missouri exporters. These include: Trade Counseling, Agent/Distributor Search, Business Protocol, Customized Market Research, Export Finance, International Trade Shows, Customized Company Trade Missions, Trade Leads, Certificate of Free Sale/Export Documentation, Missouri Export Directory, Export Due Diligence Support and Business Protocol.  The state’s offices are located in Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, and Taiwan. For further information on exporting and ITI services please visit:
Logo: Missouri Department of Agriculture
The Missouri Department of Agriculture, located in Jefferson City, Mo., is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the state’s agriculture industry. With nearly 100,000 farms on more than 28 million acres of farmland, the state’s Department of Agriculture works to connect farmers with consumers. Nearly 90% of Missouri’s farms are family owned, and our family farms are committed to producing a safe and secure food supply for customers locally and globally. Additionally, more than one in every ten Missouri jobs are in agriculture and forestry. Visit:
Logo: MU Extension
University of Missouri Extension is the outreach arm of the University of Missouri system, charged with taking the university’s research-based knowledge to the people of the state. University of Missouri Extension holds the contracts from the federal government for the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers and the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, matching federal dollars and subcontracting with other institutions for the delivery of the business development programs. Extension’s major focus areas, in addition to business development, are agriculture and natural resources, community development, continuing education, 4-H youth development and human environmental sciences. Visit:
Logo: Missouri Small Business Development Centers

The Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps business owners make confident decisions through personalized one-on-one assistance. SBDC services are available to for-profit businesses at any stage, from concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession in all 114 counties of the state, and the city of St. Louis. Business specialists are here to help you succeed at every stage in your business’s lifecycle.  The program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, institutions of higher education, economic development organizations and other public and private funding partners.  Visit:

Logo: Illinois Small Business Development Centers
Since 1984, the Illinois Small Business Develop Centers (SBDC) have provided Illinois businesses with management, marketing and financial guidance to help them succeed. The SBDCs assist with the development of business and marketing plans; help improve business ownership skills; assist with the financial analysis of businesses; and provide specialized services including export and government marketing and other business management needs. The Illinois SBDC Network has 32 locations throughout the state and is funded in part by the State of Illinois, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense. Visit:
Oklahoma SBDC

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides confidential, high quality, no cost entrepreneurial and small business management advising in order to help Oklahoma start and grow businesses. The Center for International Trade Development/SBDC at Oklahoma State University works with businesses to enhance their global success through customized research, networking, training and advising/counseling. We are committed to growing Oklahoma's economy one small business at a time. Visit:

Logo: Iowa Small Business Development Center
The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) supports the collaborative economic development of Iowa by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with individual consultation and educational resources necessary to assist their businesses to succeed. With staff located in 15 regional business assistance centers, the Iowa SBDC is committed to being an innovative source for empowering business success in Iowa. Visit:
Logo: America's SBDC Tennessee

For over 30 years, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) network has been empowering small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals with a business idea to innovate new products and services that compete in the global marketplace.  The TSBDC is comprised of a network of certified professional business counselors conveniently located communities all across the state. The network includes - 20 locations; 14 of which are service centers, 5 are satellite offices, and 1 is an affiliate office.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBDC) assists entrepreneurs with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation, offering consulting and market research services plus educational programs and events. Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and six other state universities, ASBTDC's network of offices serves small businesses from any county in Arkansas, in any industry sector, at any stage of development. Visit:
Kansas SBDC

Kansas SBDC mission is to increase economic prosperity in Kansas by helping entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow their business.  Increased prosperity of and jobs generated by small businesses is achieved through advising, specialized analytical tools, research, and training of entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Kansas SBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Visit:

Logo: NBDC Small Business Development Centers

The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) program of Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is a resource for small business creation and expansion in Nebraska. The Nebraska SBDC offers confidential consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to start and grow their enterprises or to transition companies to the next generation of ownership. SBDC consulting services are offered at no or low cost to those interested in operating a for-profit business in Nebraska.  Visit:

Logo: World Trade Center St. Louis
For more than 20 years, as the international division of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis (WTC) has supported growth for the region’s businesses, most importantly, ensuring St. Louis companies are represented in an increasingly global marketplace. From customized research to trade training, hosting inbound/outbound delegations and managing St. Louis’ Foreign Trade Zone, WTC brings together a strong system of business and government agencies to support trade and investment and enhance St. Louis’ global connectivity. Visit:
Logo: World Trade Center Kansas City
The mission of the World Trade Center Kansas City (WTC-KC) is to facilitate international trade in Greater Kansas City by connecting, educating, and providing services to the regional business community necessary to compete in the global marketplace. The WTC-KC participates in the Global Cities Initiative and leads the implementation efforts of Kansas City’s Metro Export Plan. Part of the export plan, the signature, Export Concierge program, is designed to connect businesses with the resources needed to complete successfully in the global marketplace. WTC-KC works to support and enhance a prosperous export economy, thereby accelerating Kansas City’s economic development and global identity. Visit:
Logo: Kansas Global Trade Services

Kansas Global Trade Services helps companies nationwide to be confident in their international sales expansion. We strive to bring clarity to businesses in every step of the export process and customize our services to each company’s unique needs. Companies use our services to enter new markets, grow export sales, and become confident exporters. Our award-winning services include export compliance consulting, training, and services; foreign market intelligence from on-ground partners; foreign partner search, screening, and selection; customized strategy development; market entry assistance; and in-depth, customized market research.


Missouri Chamber

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the largest business association in Missouri and is the 2019 State Chamber of the Year.  In 2020, the Chamber launched the Manufacturing Alliance, a dedicated effort to better serve Missouri’s manufacturing sector in the areas of policy, programing, communication, innovation and talent development. Together with the Missouri Chamber Federation, the Missouri Chamber represents more than 75,000 employers. Visit:

Food Export

Food Export Association of the Midwest USA (Food Export-Midwest) is a non-profit organization composed of 13 Midwestern state agricultural promotion agencies that provide U.S. companies with the programs and services needed to export and sell their products internationally.

Arkansas District Support Council

The Arkansas District Export Council (DEC), a 501(c)(6) organization, is one of over 60 District Export Councils (DECs) nationwide, whose members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The DEC’s mission is to promote and support international trade activities and awareness throughout the State of Arkansas. Members and Associates are either Exporters or Export Service Providers who provide advice and counsel about foreign markets, effective and innovative market strategies, and conduct and participate in export education workshops and seminars throughout the State. For the past ten years, The Arkansas DEC has presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade to outstanding businesses throughout the state.  

Logo: MO District Export Council (DEC)

The Missouri District Export Council (DEC) is a private, non-profit organization that brings together experienced international business people who provide guidance and assistance to Missouri-based businesses interested in growing export sales. The DEC also works closely with professionals of the U.S. Department of Commerce in St Louis for the benefit of our Missouri exporting community -

Logo: Washburn University BRITE Center

The WU BRITE Center offers business resources for innovation, technology and exporting to assist small businesses in navigating pathways to commercialization. Key activities include delivering high-level advising and educational programs, collaborating with partners and serving as a conduit to resources and capital.  Visit:


REDI is a collaborative public-private partnership committed to attract, expand and grow business opportunities to create high-quality jobs in Columbia and Boone County, Missouri. REDI coordinates the area’s economic development activities to enhance the community's economic base while preserving its exceptional quality of life, and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  Visit:

Other Federal Participants

As the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) works every day to grow U.S. exports to increase U.S. jobs. With global relationships and expertise in every major industry sector, USCS leverages the strength of the U.S. government to support U.S. company export growth through strategy development; partner background checks; in-country matchmaking through our flagship Gold Key Service (and other programs) to connect U.S. companies to the right partners; counseling with U.S. and international based staff on export regulations and compliance; overseas product promotion; and trade show support.  USCS has a network of trade professionals ready to assist your company. U.S. companies can find USCS trade professionals to assist them in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries to help them increase sales to new global markets.  For more information, please visit: