Workshop focuses on international trade opportunities within Illinois

By Ryne Turke on September 26, 2015 at 9:41am

A workshop in Jacksonville is bringing attention to international trade opportunities that exist at the local level.

The free event is hosted by the Global Opportunities Group, which partners the World Affairs Council and Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation, and will take place on October 1st.

GOP representative Larry Custer and JREDC President Terry Denison appeared on AM-Conversation this week to discuss the workshop, which has been growing for the past three years.

“We have people in Jacksonville with businesses operating and doing business locally. Ninety-five percent of the consumers live outside of the United States. There is an incredible market for businesses in the community and entrepreneurs,” says Custer.

Dennison was shocked when he heard the amount of resources available to the public at the state and federal levels.

“Both the federal and state government are encouraging exporting. There is a huge potential market out there. There are a lot of third world countries are developing rapidly. These consumers want to buy American, because they know the quality is there,” says Denison.

The free event runs from 4-6 p.m. at Seibert Theatre on the Illinois College Campus.

To learn more about which local businesses are involved in international trade, click on the link below.