Global Business Resource Center Signs Agreement to Serve as Export Promotion Partner

The Global Business Resource Center in the School of Business at the College of Charleston was recently selected as a preferred export promotion partner for the U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The agreement formalizes the parties’ continued collaboration to increase export awareness in the U.S. business community, particularly in the southeast for small and medium-sized businesses. The College of Charleston is the only university in South Carolina with the exclusive agreement. More specifically, the Global Business Resource Center (GBRC) will support the U.S. Commercial Service in its efforts to educate the businesses and the general public about the many economic benefits of exporting, including job creation.

“The GBRC will be a part of our network of worldwide offices that work together on marketing educational programs and events to help make U.S. businesses, particularly small and medium-sized firms in South Carolina, more successful exporters,” says Dorette Coetsee, director, U.S. Commercial Service – South Carolina.

Most recently, the GBRC hosted and provided sponsorship for Export University 101, a seminar on export sales techniques, trade finance, and logistics solutions for 70 business owners, company representatives and other professionals interested in expanding overseas trade. Presenters for the seminar included international trade specialists from U.S. Commercial Service offices in both South and North Carolina, as well as a host of experts from private industry.

“We are heavily invested in promoting U.S. exports by educating students and business professionals on the growth potential of regional small and medium-sized firms,” says Rene Mueller, Ph.D., director of the Global Business Resource Center and undergraduate international business program, and professor of marketing. “Our agreement with the U.S. Commercial Service supports our school’s commitment to global business education,” says Mueller.

The GBRC recruits undergraduate interns who conduct research on behalf of local companies to identify export opportunities for the products. With the largest undergraduate international business program in South Carolina, the GBRC selects interns from a wide pool of talented students who have trade knowledge and multilingual language skills to assist client companies.

In addition to its agreement with the U.S. Commercial Service, the GBRC has a partnership with the Export-Import Bank of the United States as one of two City/State Marketing Partners in South Carolina, and also has a formal agreement with the Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT).

About the School of Business
College of Charleston’s School of Business offers five undergraduate programs, an honors program in business and economics, an M.S. in Accountancy and an MBA. Approximately 1600 undergraduate and graduate students attend from as far away as China, Germany, Brazil and Vietnam. The faculty has research expertise in areas such as global logistics, hospitality and tourism, political economics,  financial investment, bankruptcy, business intelligence, and sustainable business practices.

About the Global Business Resource Center
The Global Business Resource Center is part of the College of Charleston School of Business and has been supported with U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant funding. It develops international trade education opportunities for undergraduate business students and members of the Charleston business community in order to build the necessary international business skills needed to effectively compete in today’s globalized economy. The GBRC is the only university in South Carolina to offer training courses for the Certified Global Business Professional TM (CGBPTM) exam, the first nationally accepted, international trade credential program. For more information on the GBRC, contact Dr. Rene Mueller.  

About the U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service is an International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce agency that helps U.S. businesses sell their products and services globally. Located in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, the SC offices are part of the agency’s worldwide network, which includes 108 offices domestically and more than 150 offices in 80 countries. Go to U.S. Commercial Service or call 803-777-2571 for more information.

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