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even local companies are now poised to enter the global marketplace, having completed intensive export training provided by the World Trade Center Charleston (WTCC), and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Cohort IV, who completed their 3-month training program on December 8, 2015, are professionals of BoatLIFE, Concentric, Engineered Marine Coatings (EMC2), Formatical, Southern Twist Cocktail Co., Talk Tools and Terressentia.
Applications are now open for the next training program, developed specifically for small and medium sized businesses, which begins in February 2016. Interested companies should contact Therese Gordon at email@example.com or 843.805.3007.
Companies that have completed the export training program have reported significant success in increased sales through exporting. World Trade Center Charleston and the Chamber follow each graduating company to report outcomes and success. To date, 21 companies have completed the export training and have produced more than $2 million dollars in actual or pending international sales.
Export training sessions are limited to leaders from eight companies, allowing for personalized attention and customization. Training is conducted by a nationally acclaimed trainer of import-export compliance and procedures, and is conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service, the S.C. Department of Commerce, the S.C. Small Business Development Center and the College of Charleston.
Final presentations were given to a group of expert evaluators, including Devin Patro of Wells Fargo, Geoff Schuler, Chairman, WTCC Council and Gordon Bingham of Arbordale Associates LLC.
The seven graduates are:
Life Industries has been manufacturing in the USA for over 55 years. They manufacture products including, but not limited to, adhesives, sealants, epoxies, cleaners and waxes to meet the needs of their customers. They have a boat line, aircraft line and a RV line.
Concentric, with headquarters in Charleston, is a Quality & Improvement Resource HUB that leverages the expertise of Baby Boomers to support improvement projects in order to make the best companies in the world even better. Through digital products, training, consulting and implementation resources, Concentric helps organizations perform better through leadership development, requirements management, process design, management system implementation, lean, Six Sigma, problem solving and various ISO certifications.
Engineered Marine Coatings (EMC2)
Engineered Marine Coatings was founded with the idea of bringing to market a marine polyurethane system technology that would be easy to apply, deliver the highest level of gloss and gloss retention, maximize abrasion resistance for marine use and meet current and future environmental guidelines. They manufacture their product in Sumter S.C. and are the only American Owned, American Made company in their space.
They are passionate storytellers, curators of design and product, bringing together makers with extraordinary designs and the retailers that want to enhance the lives of their customers. Formatical is the fusion of the words Format and Fanatical. They are fanatical about the collections they carry and the customers they serve, while providing a simple format for brands to get their products in the hands of retailers. Brands include Rewined Candles, Produce Candles, Lulie Wallace and ROAM: BY 42 PRESSED.
Southern Twist Cocktail Co.
Started in 2012 to create quality, small batch cocktail mixes to enable all cocktail enthusiasts to easily create craft cocktails, Southern Twist Cocktail Infusions are all-natural, non-alcoholic, and available in four flavors: Ginger and Jalapeño, Lavender and Vanilla, Bison Grass, and Hibiscus and Mint, with more innovative and delicious flavors to come. Currently sold in a dozen Charleston area restaurants, as well as retail spots across South Carolina. They are also now a vendor for Southern Season and Home Goods nationwide.
TalkTools® has developed user-friendly products to support the hierarchical approach of oral placement therapy. By developing new tools to meet emerging needs, and constantly improving existing products, TalkTools has positioned itself as a primary worldwide source for oral placement, sensory, and feeding therapy supplies.
Terressentia was founded on the idea that technology can radically improve both quality and taste. They have used their independently proven, patented TerrePURE® technology to create award-winning spirits for retailers and brand owners. Their technology reduces harsh-tasting “congeners” and increases pleasant-tasting esters by significant amounts, ensuring each product represents the smoothest, cleanest spirits known to man.
About World Trade Center Charleston:
An initiative of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Center Charleston is located in North Charleston, South Carolina and is a member of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA). Businesses interested in learning more about WTCC and global commerce are encouraged to visit wtccharleston.com and charlestonchamber.net for more information.
About the Chamber:
With 1,600 member organizations representing 125,000 professionals, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce serves as the collective voice of the business community, and a catalyst for advancing the region’s economy and enhancing members’ success through Advocacy, Innovation, Talent and Business Advancement. Visit charlestonchamber.net.
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