CIBER collaborates with a variety of public agencies and private organizations engaged in promoting and supporting commercial export activities. By leveraging its intellectual capital and financial resources, CIBER is able to promote better understanding of international commerce, examine important cross-border trade issues, and advise decision makers on key policy decisions.
CIBER supports the following strategic partners in several ways.
U.S. Export Assistance Centers provide small and medium-size firms with local export assistance. CIBER funds summer internships for students who conduct research projects designed to help regional and local companies enter foreign markets and establish exporting businesses. In Michigan, Assistance Centers are located in major metropolitan areas, including Detroit, Pontiac, Ypsilanti and Grand Rapids. Interested firms can contact the Small Business Administration's Office of International Trade directly.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) serves as a one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan through expansion or relocation. MEDC also provides support to Michigan Technical Assistance Centers (MTAC), a network of 12 local offices that offer export counseling and market-planning assistance to companies seeking to establish international trade. CIBER contributes to these efforts by funding research on new export opportunities for Michigan businesses and by participating as a member of MEDC's private-sector board of directors.
World Trade Center Detroit/Windsor (WTCDW) is a charter member of the global World Trade Centers Association, which has 287 licensed affiliates in 88 countries. WTCDW's primary mission is to promote and centralize services and resources that help small and medium-size businesses compete in the international marketplace. CIBER co-sponsors the International Business Forum, which features a monthly luncheon meeting of global-commerce participants who share their experiences and build business relationships.
The Michigan District Export Council (MDEC) is an organization of leaders from across Michigan whose knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice for local firms. Closely affiliated with the Commercial Service's Export Assistance Centers, the MDEC combines the energies of nearly 60 volunteers to supply specialized expertise to small and medium-sized businesses in their local communities that are interested in exporting.