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ITC Welcomes Robert Shapiro

The ITC and Commerce Bank hosted a trade lunch event on October 25. Robert Shapiro, Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, based in Washington D.C., was our special guest who met with ITC clients to discuss current topics of great interest to southern Illinois businesses; among them, tariffs, trade wars, barriers to trade, and strategies to protect small businesses.

ITC Welcomes Robert Shapiro
After addressing regional firms in downtown St. Louis that morning, Robert set aside time from his very busy agenda to meet with us and discuss his broad expertise on free trade agreements, export controls and antidumping. He shared important updates related to Sections 232 (Steel and Aluminum Tariffs) and 301 (China Tariffs) as well as the Exclusion Process.

David Kniepkamp, President of Smart Controls LLC in Fairview Heights and President of the Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council, participated in the lunch program. He appreciated our invitation and called the meeting an “engaging and enlightening discussion”.

Our deep appreciation to Commerce Bank for co-sponsoring and hosting the luncheon, especially to Paul Toskin, Vice President and Manager of Commerce Bank's Trade Service Group, for his always warm hospitality and continued support of our work in the region.

We thank Smart Controls LLC, Sev-Rend Corporation and Marsh Shipping Supply Co. (MSSC),LLC for their active participation in this trade event.

ITC Welcomes Robert Shapiro

Upper: (L-R) Silvia Torres Bowman, ITC at SIUE; Lynette Toler, MSSC; Paul Toskin, Commerce Bank; Greg Petermeyer, Sev-Rend Corp.; Robert Shapiro, Thompson Coburn LLP; David Kniepkamp, Smart Controls LLC and president of the Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council.

Lower: ITC clients and Commerce Bank’s Paul Toskin sharing views with Robert Shapiro

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The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a service to Illinois small businesses

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