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Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service, St. Louis Export Assistance Center

The U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service provides export assistance to U.S. businesses in MO with 51% U.S. content goods and services. We serve MO (excluding Kansas City and surrounding counties) and St. Louis metro east in IL.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service provides export assistance to U.S. businesses in MO with 51% U.S. content goods and services.  We serve MO (excluding Kansas City and surrounding counties) and St. Louis metro east in IL.

Our global network of experienced trade professionals is located throughout the United States and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Whether you’re looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional markets, we offer the expertise you need to connect with lucrative opportunities and increase your bottom line.

Our services include:

Export Counseling

• Develop effective market entry and sales strategies.

• Understand export documentation requirements and import regulations of foreign markets.

• Navigate U.S. government export controls, compliance and financing options.

 

Market Intelligence

• Analyze market potential and foreign competitors.

• Obtain useful information on best prospects, financing, laws, and cultural issues.

• Conduct background checks on potential buyers and distributors.

 

Business Matchmaking

• Connect with pre-screened potential partners.

• Promote your product or service to prospective buyers at trade events worldwide.

• Meet with international industry and government decision makers in your target markets.

 

Commercial Diplomacy

• Overcome trade obstacles to successfully enter international markets.

• Benefit from coordinated U.S. government engagement with foreign governments to protect U.S. business interests.

 

Services

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Import/Export Certification and Licensing
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Marketing/Sales

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking Organizations

  • International Trade

Operations and Logistics

  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Patent Information
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses

Training

  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
Primary ContactMargaret Gottlieb
Address1100 Corporate Square Drive
Ste. 242
Saint Louis, MO 63132
Phone(314) 432-1510