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Missouri Online Global Programs And Grants Business Development Online Marketing To Help You Grow Your Exports, Sales, Brand And Business In A Covid-19 Age

Tuesday, May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am • Organized By Missouri Department of Economic Development - Kansas City Region
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Online business development tools have never been so important for businesses to meet the new challenges posed by COVID-19.

Learn from Ann Pardalos, Managing Director at the International Trade and Investment Office, State of Missouri (MITI) what your state is doing to help Missouri companies navigate these difficult times. Grants and funding are available, notably to support innovative solutions for business today.

IBT Online works with the MITI to deliver the Missouri Online Global Program - Website Localization and International Online Marketing for Missouri companies.

Join us as we share expertise and experience in delivering localized websites and online marketing to help you grow your exports, sales, brand and business.

Insights and opportunities:
How have marketing channels been affected by COVID-19?
Grow traffic, engagement, and conversions
Leveraging Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
The power of Social Media
How to identify and reach your international buyer persona
Different strategies for different markets
Missouri Online Global Program and grants
Case studies - how Missouri companies are using the web today

Polls and surveys: 
Attendee participation and feedback. 

The presentation, polls, survey and lots more to grow your exports, sales, brand and business internationally.

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                            Meet the experts:


Ann Pardalos
Managing Director at the International Trade and Investment Office, State of Missouri (MITI)

Ann oversees the the International Trade & Investment Office including its network of global offices in Canada, China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the UAE. She is further responsible for directing Missouri’s international export plan, which lends focus to Missouri’s international business efforts and presence globally. Along with Staff, Ann assists Missouri firms to export their goods and services overseas and provides advocacy on their behalf to foreign governments. Ann and her team also focus on FDI lead generation and investment promotion.

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International Trade and Investment Office, State of Missouri (MITI)

TheMissouri International Trade & Investment Office (MITI)is the lead agency for export assistance in the State of Missouri, with 11 foreign offices around the world. MITI services are available to Missouri firms and range from trade counselling and distributor search to export finance, certification, documentation and export due diligencesupport.The MITI offices play a major role in foreign direct investment lead generation within their respective markets. The offices are located in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.


Susanna Hardy
Chief Content Officer, IBT Online

Susanna serves as Chief Content Officer at IBT Online. As such, Susanna is involved in all aspects of content used in effective business online tools, from content creation to content optimization for search engines and online marketing. Susanna brings her expertise in international business development and marketing to the IBT Online team and has worked with a wide spectrum of companies to reach, develop and succeed in export markets. Recognizing the importance of content for building brand awareness and sales, Susanna helps companies to ensure their online presence is working hard for them.

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IBT Online

IBT Onlineprovides website localization and international online marketing services to help companies growtheir sales, brands and businesses online globally.Our Online Global programs (website localization,international online marketingandwebsite management) makes sure your company gets found, understood and is easy to do business with across international markets.