April 11, 2013

Workshop will offer international exporting tips

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Many factors and questions come into play when your business is involved with sending products outside the United States, but an upcoming workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will offer vital information and answers about international exporting. 

“International Banking 101” is set for April 24 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at 1740 Innovation Drive in Carbondale.  The presentation is from 10:30 a.m. to noon followed by a provided lunch.

The session will explore a variety of issues including how to finance export operations, how international payment methods work, and where you can secure funding to begin or expand a business’ exports. 

Gabe DiGiorgio, vice president of U.S. Bank’s Global Trade Services, will be the featured presenter. DiGiorgio, who serves companies in the south central region of the U.S., will share his experience with entrepreneurs. The workshop will include time for questions and networking opportunities.

“As domestic companies succeed, they often experience a growing need for payment methods that include international solutions.  There are many benefits of international banking services that small businesses can explore,” DiGiorgio said.

The Southern Illinois University Small Business Development Center/International Trade Center is hosting the workshop to provide information about general exporting and highlight a variety of banking products available to the region’s exporters. The presentation will highlight the four most common payment methods in international trade along with international treasury management.

The workshop is for entrepreneurs who are currently or who are considering exporting their products, CEOs, international division employees, shipping/receiving managers, seasoned exporters, export compliance staff and key international staff.

The workshop is free, but organizers request pre-registration no later than April 19.  For more information, or to sign up, call 618/453-3805 or email sbdc@siu.edu.  Additional information is available at www.siusbdc.com.

“The Illinois Small Business Development Center/International Trade Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale.”

For more information about the center’s entrepreneurship and business development programs and the services it provides, call 618/453-3805, email sbdc@siu.edu, or look online at www.siusbdc.com.