The World Trade Center - Kansas City (WTC-KC) is part of a globally-recognized brand, representing a network of active and planned locations in over 100 countries that work to create competitive advantage for businesses conducting international trade in their region. By investing in WTC-KC, you are not only gaining access to that vast system, but also helping to continue the stimulation of international activity and the continued education and connectedness of international business practitioners in Greater Kansas City.

Fostering a solid foundation of international business in the region means a strong, more stable, and more diverse regional economy.

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Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch strikes a balance that is rare for any industry. Our Mission sets the bar high – Building a World of Difference ®. We live up to that ideal by delivering reliable and innovative infrastructure solutions to our clients’ most complex challenges. The result is that Black & Veatch helps to improve and sustain the quality of life around the world

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Bayer CropScience
Bayer CropScience has products in crop protection and nonagricultural pest control. It also has activities in seeds and plant traits.  The company is now one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection (i.e. pesticides), nonagricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology.
Commerce Bank
As one of the first banks in the Midwest to offer International banking services, Commerce Bank continues its leadership role today. Our technology, experience and international contacts provide the full service found only in the most sophisticated global banks, but offered by a bank that understands your needs. Our staff of banking professionals is experienced in international finance products and can provide the counsel, technology and services needed to conduct business around the world.

Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Clients benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to challenge the status quo and offer creative, dynamic business and legal solutions.


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First National Bank
First National Bank has a history of doing what's right for our customers and the communities we serve. Founded in 1857, in the spirit of innovation and commitment to customer service, this sixth generation family-owned business has become the largest privately-owned bank holding company in the United States. Integrity, Respect, Passion - these are the cornerstones of Operating Philosophy and represent First National Bank’s commitment. First National Bank strives to better serve customers’ banking needs - and First National Bank are as hopeful and excited about the future of their bank as their founders were. The Global Banking team at First National Bank combines their deep knowledge of the field, intuitive technology and a consultative approach to bring you simple, cost-effective solutions for navigating the global finance scene with confidence. First National Bank offers a wide range of international transaction and trade services including foreign exchange assistance and letters of credit.

RSM US LLP (RSM) is the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with over 9,000 people in 90 offices nationwide. It is a licensed CPA firm and the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries. RSM uses its deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of clients to help them succeed. For more information, visit

Across more than 220 countries and territories the expertise, resources, and technologies of UPS help you get your products to market more quickly, with less risk of customs penalties and delays. And in a business landscape where time is money and customer satisfaction depends on speedy delivery, a faster smoother customs process makes a world of difference. The global marketplace is open and ready for your business. And UPS is here to help you conquer it all.

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Bestway International/Hellman Worldwide Logistics
Founded in Kansas City in 1988, Bestway International is known for applying years of expertise on supply chain programs individually designed for our clients, including import, export, ground, air, ocean, and intermodal transportation. Bestway is a US customs broker and exclusive agent of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, a Top 20 global freight forwarder with nearly 500 offices in 157 nations.

Core Bank
Core Bank is a full-service community bank focused on meeting clients'‚Äč banking needs with personal, business, healthcare, mortgage, construction, and trust services. With extensive, specialized experience in SBA lending, the team at Core Bank is the trusted resource small businesses lean on for the financing needed to grow.
We strive to be the local bank that is running ahead of the pack, creating better options for our community, for businesses, and friends and neighbors. And we’re working hard to build a strong team culture, constantly encouraging each other to think creatively on your behalf. Get in touch with us today to start exploring the possibilities.

Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City, Missouri, is a 501c4 non-profit agency created to manage the efforts of six statutory redevelopment agencies, and to serve as Kansas City, Missouri’s link to business and the economic development community. The EDC and its agencies work cooperatively to project a local identity and ensure a competitive, vibrant and self-sustaining economy. EDC-KC also collaborates with the City of KCMO and other organizations and relies on a talented, technologically advanced, diverse workforce to achieve these goals.

Garmin makes products that are engineered on the inside for life on the outside. We brings GPS navigation and wearable technology to the automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets. Garmin thinks every day is an opportunity to innovate, and a chance to beat yesterday.

Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what’s in their hearts and connect with one another in meaningful, emotional ways.

In the United States, innovative Hallmark greeting cards, ornaments, gift wrap and gifts are sold in more than 40,000 retail stores, including the network of indepen­dently owned Hallmark Gold Crown specialty stores. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. 
Companies are finding it is easier than ever to do business abroad. Along with the opportunity for increased revenue, profit, and jobs, doing business overseas brings more complexities to your tax planning and compliance. MarksNelson’s trusted business advisors can help you understand tax implications before you make a decision, not after. We strategically develop a plan that integrates your business and tax strategies to mitigate your tax liabilities when it comes to Domestic International Sales Corporations (IC-DISC), foreign business expansion, international tax structuring, inbound and outbound compliance and consulting, expatriate compliance and consulting, FATCA compliance and transfer pricing. At MarksNelson, we don’t just work for you. We work with you, to help safeguard and grow your business no matter the location.

MIQ Logistics
MIQ Logistics is a global logistics company headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., with over 20 offices in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Along with our global network partners, we operate in and between all major international trade lanes. MIQ Logistics enables companies to improve their transportation network and overall supply chain efficiency by offering flexible logistics solutions supported by web-native technology and global logistics management capabilities. Our Overland Park operation provides logistics solutions for our customers that include: air and ocean international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, global trade management, transportation management, truckload services and project logistics.

Roger and Jeannie Scarbrough founded the Scarbrough group of companies with a vision to be full service logistics providers to international and domestic supply chains. Scarbrough has expanded across the midwestern United States with offices in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. Scarbrough’s Shanghai office opened in 2012, giving the company its first office overseas.  In addition, Scarbrough’s membership in two global networks complements its local presence worldwide. The company has continued to provide proactive, personalized service, allowing the organization to continually grow since its founding in 1984.

Strategic Partners:

Overseas Private Investment Corporation
OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. 
U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Through our global network of trade professionals located in nearly 80 countries and across the United States, we are working to strengthen the U.S. economy through trade, connecting U.S. companies with international buyers.

The World Bank Group
The World Bank Private Sector Liaison Officer (PLSO) Network comprises regional contact persons who facilitate SME access to the World Bank Group (WBG) projects and services, and interaction between the WBG and the private sector. World Trade Center Kansas City has recently been designated the tenth, and final, PSLO in the United States.