Silvia Torres Bowman
Clients of the IL SBDC International Trade Center at SIUE reported new export sales of over $76.1 million in CY14.
“The SBDC has been a partner to VIT for a few months now and has been an exceptional resource to evaluate future clients that we have a possibility to work with. We were very impressed on what they could do.” Zach Quirin, Business Development, Vermont Indexable Tooling, Red Bud.
"Lamboo has maintained a dynamic relationship with the International Trade Center that has proven to be extremely fruitful over the last few years. It began with an international market research project utilizing the aggressive and thorough skills of graduate students from the SIUE School of Business. That research, as well as the ongoing and guidance from the ITC, has helped Lamboo to solidify countless business relationships worldwide. As a result, we've established the Lamboo brand in innovative markets globally." Luke Schuette, President, Lamboo, Inc. Springfield. Winner of the 2013 Governor's Export Award.
"I really can’t say enough about the positive effects your export program has on small manufacturing businesses such as ours. The net cost of international sales and marketing being lower is key to providing expansion opportunities for us. Please keep up the good work!" Jeff Williams, Vice President, Pallet Repair Systems, Inc. Jacksonville.
"…The program the ITC offers, the training your classes provide and the personal service you give is invaluable to a small company like Safe Effective Alternatives. Thank you for all your help over the years!" Jim Rompel, President, S.E.A. Belleville
"The trade mission to South America that the Illinois International Trade Center at SIUE helped put together was a once-in-a-lifetime experience." Pam Wildermuth, Co-Owner, B.D.i. Galesburg
"The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center has been a key business resource for Gundlach for over 10 years. Mrs. Torres and her staff have been instrumental in assisting us directly and by engaging the multitude of resources she has available through SIUE and the Illinois Dept. of Commerce… This level of customized service, using our tax dollars, or at minimal cost, has proven year after year to be in the "best value" category." Rick Dreyer, V.P. International Sales. Gundlach Corp. Belleville"...We have had help all along the way from the SBDC International Trade Center and they have greatly contributed to our general body of knowledge concerning exporting. Their training seminars are very helpful with information and networking it would be hard to find elsewhere...I know that we would not be where we are today without their help." Tim Thomas. President. Bit Brokers International. West Frankfort.
"Working with Silvia Torres and her staff at the SIUE Trade Center has enabled my relatively new company to think globally, not just domestically. It is so important in tough economic times to be able to find new revenue streams. We hope to be opening our first international market within a year and that is something I would have never thought possible even six months ago. The ITC has helped me with determining which world markets show the best potential for my products, referred me to freight forwarders, lawyers for distributorship agreements, financing and much more. The opportunity to export is not only good for my company but good for Illinois!" Sherry Brianza, President, Brianza Bella, L.L.C. Carlinville.
"The ITC at SIUE has helped Nevco in many ways by providing guidance and services that have greatly added to our annual sales". Dan Williams, Integrated Display & Scoring Consultant, Nevco, Inc. Greenville.
"The International Trade Center at SIUE is an outstanding resource for developing international business and exporting strategies. As a Southern Illinois based business, Barracuda Trading Company, LLC connects US manufacturers with Latin American distributors with the objective of increasing exports. We utilize ITC's knowledge of exporting regulations, available STEP funding and US governmental resources in Latin America for our customers benefit." Ray Varady, President, Barracuda Trading Company, LLC. Glen Carbon.