Previous Oct 2014Next Digital Edition Archives About iBi Three+ PairsA Look Inside Maui Jim’s International Operationsby Stevie ZverevaPhotography by David VernonFrom 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.Read more » A World of Opportunity Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi 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. Peoria: A Global Community 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. Successful Exporting 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. Q&A with Natika Washington 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. The International Port of Peoria by Jim Foley Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University Peoria’s international port designation offers a range of benefits to area residents and companies. It’s a Small World After All by Gene Olson General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport The construction of a new international terminal will build on PIA’s reputation for ease and convenience while stimulating economic growth. Competing in the Global Marketplace by Henry C. Vicary Caterpillar Inc. An expanding global footprint offers opportunities to become stronger and more efficient. Morton International A New Journey by Jennifer Daly Morton Economic Development Council A successful international investment has opened up new possibilities for business recruitment. Pivot to Africa Opportunities and Challenges by Shari Stout U.S. Department of Commerce It is time for companies to start seriously considering entering the African market. Time to be Proactive with Free Trade Agreements by Beatriz B. Ramirez SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University The reduction of trade barriers makes it easier for U.S. companies to export to foreign markets. Protecting Intellectual Property in a Wild World by Ruth Binger Danna McKitrick, PC Take the right steps to protect your intellectual property… at home and abroad. Factors to Consider When Expanding Your Supply Chain Globally by Ifechukwu Igboanugo CGN Global A truly global supply chain builds its success on flexible, well-integrated systems by accommodating customer requirements. Region Globalization Begins at HomeMayor Jim Ardis - City of Peoria Finance Tax Savings for A&E Firms with International Projectsby Joe Glawe CliftonLarsonAllen Should You Change Investment Strategies Because of Unrest in Ukraine, Iraq and Israel?by Chris Snyder and Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo Pillar Wealth Management LLC Long-Term Care InsuranceKey Questions for Prospective PolicyholdersCathy Butler - Morgan Stanley Promoting Financial LiteracyMary Pille, Junior Achievement of Central Illinois Workplace Leading the Way In the Big Pictureby Jessica Tharp with Ally Hoerr Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois Breaking Down Non-Compete Provisionsby Michael A. Kraft Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo The Red Light for Health BenefitsStop, Don’t Shopby Raylana Anderson Anderson Consulting Thriving in the Global Marketby Thomas M. Farrell McGladrey Why Hiring A Military Veteran Could Be Your Best Business Decisionby Lida Citroën LIDA360, LLC Healthcare Stopping Breast CancerDebbie Simon, UnityPoint Health Red Flags for Provider FraudMichael Davis - IWIRC Corp. Putting a Global Spin on Local Healthcareby Sam Dewey OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Who is Your Suzy?by Gina Morss Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate Balance A Helping Hand for Vets by Beth Knapinski Goodwill offers supportive programs to reintegrate veterans into civilian life.