Local Organizations

University of Missouri-St. Louis – UMSL Global
Telephone: (314) 516-5753
Liane Constantine, Interim Executive Director
Junhee Lim, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Interim Executive Director
[email protected]

For 50 years, UMSL Global has engaged in a wide range of initiatives, programs and services that share the transformative power of an international education.

Our efforts include international admissions, study abroad and exchange opportunities, services for international students and scholars, collaborations that enhance the region’s cultural life and economic development, and presenting a variety of diverse events that engage, inform and enlighten peoples and cultures.

Greater St. Louis Inc. 

Greater St. Louis, Inc. brings together business and civic leaders to create jobs, expand inclusive economic growth and improve St. Louis’ global competitiveness. We are dedicated to St. Louis’ growth and prosperity as a global metropolitan region that expands economic opportunity for all. We speak with a unified voice, lead with a bold agenda and act as one metropolitan region anchored by a vibrant urban core.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis (HCCSTL)
Telephone: (314) 664-4432
Karlos Ramirez, President & CEO
[email protected]

Incorporated on April 28, 1982, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis strives to promote the economic development of Hispanic-owned businesses and improve business opportunities for all in the St. Louis region. The Chamber fulfills this mission by increasing the competitiveness of its member businesses in local, state, and international markets. The Chamber is the cornerstone for the Hispanic business community, and looks to participate in present and future business developments of metropolitan St. Louis.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – International Trade Center, (SIUE-ITC)
Telephone: (618) 650-2452
Silvia Torres, Director
[email protected]

The International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is one of the five trade centers located throughout Illinois. A company can benefit from many of our services including individual export consulting and an assessment of a firm’s export readiness, international market research to help identify key overseas opportunities, and the identification of potential foreign buyers, agents and/or distributors through trade leads. Export finance assistance is also available as well as access to the state and federal international trade agencies and private organizations in their international network.

Missouri District Export Council (MODEC)
John R. Koch, Chairman
Stan Hogrebe, Treasurer
Paul Toskin, Vice Chair/Corp. Secretary
Bill Profilet, Ex-Chairman
Nathalie Scharf, Executive Secretary

The Missouri District Export Council (MODEC) is one of 56 District Export Councils (DECs) throughout the nation affiliated with the U.S. Department of Commerce. The DECs are non-profit, non-political service organizations consisting of a network of volunteers representing business, government and academia. The MODEC Board is a group of individuals appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to assist small and medium size businesses in developing export programs. There are a number of volunteers who devote their time to helping others. Their combined expertise covers virtually every aspect needed to operate an international business. Members provide information to help a company develop an international program free of charge.

Saint Louis University – Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business – Boeing Institute of International Business (SLU-BIIB)
Telephone: (314) 977-3898
Dr. Hadi Alhorr, Director
Jill Newman, Program Manager
[email protected]

Established in 1984, the Boeing Institute of International Business at Saint Louis University’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business offers a breadth of global business resources for students and alumni, as well as the business community, faculty, government and professional organizations.

The institute’s existence was spearheaded by Seung Kim, Ph.D., a former director of the institute and chairman of SLU’s Department of International Business. His goal was to continue strengthening and expanding global programs through leadership and relationships.

The Boeing Institute of International Business offers many learning opportunities focused on international business at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, as well as events, professional programs, and a global research and data center.

State of Missouri, Department of Economic Development (MO-DED)
Telephone: (573) 751-4855
[email protected]

The Missouri International Trade & Investment Office (MO-DED ITI) is the lead agency for export assistance in the State of Missouri, with 11 foreign offices around the world. These offices also play a major role in foreign direct investment lead generation within their respective markets. The offices are located in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

MO-DED ITI provides a number of programs designed to assist Missouri businesses to increase their annual sales. These services include: trade counseling, agent/distributor search, business protocol, customized market research, export finance, international trade shows, catalogue shows, customized company missions, trade leads, export documentation, Missouri export directory and export due diligence support.

St. Louis Community College (SLCC)
Telephone: (314) 539-5002

St. Louis Community College is a two-year public institution with three main campuses and several training facilities throughout St. Louis City and County. Annually, the College enrolls 30,000 students in credit programs and an additional 80,000 students in customized training and continuing education programs. With a staff of 3400 full-time and part-time employees, St. Louis Community College offers 96 Associate Degree programs and a variety of other Certificates of Proficiency programs. Over the past ten years, SLCC has designed and delivered international programs that complement its community-based missions. Programs are designed to provide significant benefits to both participants and the St. Louis education, business, and other sectors of the broader St. Louis community. The College has completed more than $2 million in contract international programming over the past three fiscal years. The International Education Department draws upon the vast resources of the college and community to deliver its programs.

U.S. Commercial Service St. Louis
Nathalie Scharf, Director [email protected]
Warren Anderson, Senior International Trade Specialist [email protected]
Margaret Gottlieb, Senior International Trade Specialist [email protected]
Kristi Wiggins, Senior International Trade Specialist [email protected]
Michael Bromley, Commercial Officer [email protected]

The U.S. Commercial Service (CS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, offers companies a full range of expertise in international trade. Companies can find assistance locally in more than 100 U.S. Commercial Service offices nationwide and in more than 70 international offices.

Washington University in St. Louis, (WUSTL)
Telephone: (314) 935-7301
Dr. Mark Taylor, Dean, John M. Olin School of Business
[email protected]

For more than a century, Olin Business School has been a leader and innovator in business education. We are a close-knit community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and business—a community proud of the mission, vision, and values we share.

Washington University in St. Louis, founded in 1853, established a business school in 1917 and awarded its first undergraduate business degree in 1919. In 1988, the business school was named in honor of John M. Olin, chairman of Olin Corporation and a major benefactor of Washington University, in recognition of a gift from the John M. Olin Foundation.

The school added an MBA program in 1950, a doctoral program in 1958, and an Executive MBA program in 1983. In 2002 Olin partnered with Fudan University to offer a Shanghai-based Executive MBA degree. In recent years, the business school has developed degree programs with partner universities in India, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, Germany, and Spain.

Webster University – International Programs (WEBSTER)
Telephone: (314) 246-8242
Dr. Julian Schuster, President, St. Louis Main Campus
[email protected]

Established in 1915 by the Sisters of Loretto, who sought to make education accessible to all, Webster has an extraordinary history reflecting a determination to equalize higher education.

Recognizing the growing interconnectedness of our world, for 40 years we have been building a network of campuses to serve local communities. Today, we serve more than 12,000 students across 50 residential, metro, military, and international locations.

World Affairs Council of St. Louis (WAC)
Telephone: (314) 727-9988
Pierce W. Powers II, President
[email protected]

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that connects the citizens of the St. Louis metro region to the world. Founded in 1948, our mission is to offer programs which promote understanding, engagement, relationships, and leadership in world affairs.