March 12, 2015

Seminar to look at food export opportunities

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Business owners who are interested in exporting their food products outside of the United States will find an upcoming workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale helpful. 

“Exporting Your Illinois Food Product: Succeeding Internationally” is set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive in Carbondale. The workshop will highlight exporting opportunities within the food and beverage industry for businesses and provide details about available exporting resources. 

Kim Hamilton, international marketing representative for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, will be the guest speaker. She will discuss specialized market entry assistance, grant programs and other relevant information of interest to anyone considering expanding their sales into the global market. 

The workshop is from 10:30 a.m. to noon followed by an hour-long luncheon. There is no cost to attend but participants must pre-register no later than April 10. 

For more information, or to register, call 618/536-2424, visit or email

Workshop sponsors include the Illinois Small Business Development/International Trade Center, SIU and the U.S. Small Business Administration. 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 SIU. 

The SBDC is celebrating 30 years of helping new and growing business throughout the region and during that time has provided some 90,000 hours of free, individualized counseling and consultation services to about 6,500 business clients. 

For additional information about the SBDC or the numerous services it provides to new and expanding businesses, contact Robyn Laur Russell, director of business development and international trade, at or by calling 618/536-2424.