Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri


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.

SBA’s Office of International Trade (OIT) works in cooperation with other federal agencies and public- and private-sector groups to encourage small business exports and to assist small businesses seeking to export. Through 21 U.S. Export Assistance Centers, SBA district offices and a variety of service-provider partners, OIT directs and coordinates SBA's ongoing export initiatives in an effort to encourage small businesses to go global.

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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


The Missouri SBTDC is a statewide network that helps businesses succeed in every stage from concept to startup, growth to renewal, maturity to succession through a variety of services. Missouri SBTDC consultants are located throughout the state providing education and individualized assistance on a variety of topics and issues. The Missouri SBTDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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.


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.  We are committed to growing Oklahoma's economy one small business at a time. 


The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) 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.


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.


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. 

Founded in 2011, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) is an organization that exists to connect business leaders within the Greater St. Louis region as well as foster business opportunities across East, Southeast, and South Asia.


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). 


Other Federal Participants

The U.S. Department of Commerce 

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: