iBi - October 2014

A Look Inside Maui Jim’s International Operations
by Stevie Zvereva
Photography by David Vernon

From the islands of Hawaii to more than a dozen countries worldwide, the Peoria-based sunglasses company is testament that a quality product backed by superb customer service can thrive in any global market.

  • While globalization can be defined in many ways, it is at its essence a process—a cultural exchange and integration that knows no borders—and it’s been going on for quite some time.

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by Angela Weck
Peoria Area World Affairs Council

Central Illinois is very much integrated with the global economy, and the concept of globalization is felt locally in many ways.

Beyond the Basics
by Jim Ryan
Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University

A well-considered plan, a strong internal team and a network of outside experts are among the critical factors of exporting success.

Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

The Peoria native is director of global programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, where she leads initiatives aimed at empowering women around the world.

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An expanding global footprint offers opportunities to become stronger and more efficient.

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Opportunities and Challenges

It is time for companies to start seriously considering entering the African market. 

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Take the right steps to protect your intellectual property… at home and abroad.

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A truly global supply chain builds its success on flexible, well-integrated systems by accommodating customer requirements.

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Peoria’s international port designation offers a range of benefits to area residents and companies.

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A New Journey

A successful international investment has opened up new possibilities for business recruitment.

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The reduction of trade barriers makes it easier for U.S. companies to export to foreign markets.

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The construction of a new international terminal will build on PIA’s reputation for ease and convenience while stimulating economic growth.

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