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Learn about the many ways the International Trade Center at SIUE has helped its clients to achieve their export goals.


  • MSSC, LLC., Collinsville 
    • A longstanding Collinsville-based manufacturer of industrial inkjet printers and other products is expanding its exporting to three additional countries, thanks to funding and expertise via the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
  • Special Mine Services, Inc.,  West Frankfort
    • Faced by the challenges of 2020, industrial-size electrical connector manufacturer Special Mine Services Inc. (SMS), of West Frankfort, has been working with Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Director Silvia Torres Bowman to overcome adversity by exploring international markets.
  • A Factory Keeping Time - DeMoulin Bros & Co.
    • Ed DeMoulin opened a manufacturing facility in Greenville, Illinois, about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis, to produce items for fraternal organizations. As time marched on, the DeMoulins kept stride, diversifying their range until finding the market that would drive the company throughout the ensuing century: Marching bands. Today, the 150-person company is the nation's biggest producer of music performance apparel, outfitting high school and college bands, color guards, concert bands, and choirs worldwide, producing more than 50,000 band uniforms annually.

  • International Trade Center at SIUE Boosts Clients’ Global Success
    • Local companies are finding increased success in global markets thanks, in part, to funding and support made possible by their partnership with the International Trade Center (ITC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
  • Progressive Recovery, Inc.Dupo
    • For three decades, Progressive Recovery, Inc. in Dupo has been designing and manufacturing equipment to help customers recycle and/or process hazardous waste.
  • Brianza Bella LLC., Carlinville
    • Sherry Brianza, managing partner and founder of Carlinville-based Brianza Bella LLC, first contacted the ITC at SIUE in 2009 for exporting expertise specific to her company. In 2015, Brianza returned to seek additional assistance from the ITC and Assistant Professor Yuping Zeng’s graduate business students. The goal was to research potential new markets in South America and Mexico for Bella Girl, Brianza’s new upscale line of cosmetics designed for tween girls.
  • Elastec, Inc. Carmi
    • Elastec/American Marine is the largest manufacturer of pollution control equipment in The United States, with over 30 years of experience. It has been announced that Elastec/American Marine was awarded the 2011 Governor’s Export Excellence Award in the small-sized company category for continuing excellence during Illinois Export Week, June 20 – 24, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Natural Enrichment Industries, Herrin
    • Bill Kuzma Sr., Vice President of Natural Enrichment Industries (NEI), traveled for the first time to Turkey and participated in a trade mission led by the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment and the Turkish Chamber of Commerce in Chicago. During the trade mission, Mr. Kuzma met with several government officials as well as potential partners who all expressed strong interest in NEI's products.

  • The ROHO Group, Belleville
    •  The ROHO Group is an Illinois-based medical device and consumer products manufacturer specializing in cushioning technology designed to protect human skin and tissue in a variety of market applications. 



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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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