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Two from MSSU Small Business Center are certified as Certified Global Business Professionals

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Lisa Robinson and Kenneth Surbrugg certified as Certified Global Business Professionals

Joplin, MO (SNS) – Lisa Robinson and Kenneth Surbrugg of the Missouri Southern Small Business & Technology Development Center in Joplin have passed the required exam to be named Certified Global Business Professionals by the North American Small Business International Trade Educators Association (NASBITE).

“This is a great honor for Lisa, Ken and for the statewide SBTDC program,” said Steve Devlin, director of the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program, which hosts the MO SBTDC. “By passing this exam they have demonstrated core knowledge in a complex area that will help more Missouri companies engage in international trade."

The Certified Global Business Professional credential provides a benchmark for competency in global commerce. The designation demonstrates peer-certified ability to conduct global business in four key areas: global management, global marketing, supply chain management and trade finance.

NASBITE’s mission is to advance global business practice, education and training through coordination and administration of the Certified Global Business Professional credential, exchange information and resources among global business education and assistance professionals and offer professional development for those engaged in global business education and assistance.

The Business Development Program helps transform Missouri businesses from concept through start up, growth and expansion. BDP counselors are located statewide providing education and individualized assistance on a variety of business management issues. From 2011 through 2013, the programs within the BDP, which includes the MO SBTDC, assisted clients in creating almost $2 billion in economic impact, including creating or retaining 30,383 jobs, increasing sales by $666 million, acquiring investments of $661.9 million, winning government contracts of $608.2 million and obtaining research awards of $16.8 million.

For more information on how the BDP can assist your company with international trade and other small business management issues, visit www.missouribusiness.net to find the center nearest you.

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