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Center for Global Competitiveness

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"A member of the Team Pennsylvania Export Network"

In 1993, the Center for Global Competitiveness (CGC) was established to improve economic vitality and to create sustainable growth by helping businesses compete in the new global economy.

Helping Businesses

  • Research and Planning

    The Center for Global Competitiveness will assist your company in developing growth strategies for your domestic and international markets by providing assistance in the following areas:

    • Company-needs and export-readiness assessments 
    • Evaluation of products and services for specific markets 
    • Development and implementation of strategic business and marketing plans 
    • Implementation of market-entry and growth strategies 
    • Identification of technical standard and specification requirements 
    • Export documentation and regulations 
    • International payment and financing methods 
    • Shipping and logistical issues
  • Trade Assistance

    Our International Trade Analysts can provide assistance in the following areas:

    • Country and industry-specific market research 
    • Identification of best target markets 
    • International trade leads and opportunities 
    • Access to Foreign Trade Offices 
    • Standards compliance

    In addition, assistance is available with identification and evaluation methods for international business partners including agents, representatives, distributors, end-users, shipping and logistical support services, professional referrals for trade financing, translation, legal, shipping, and logistics.

  • Promotion

    Successful promotion of your products and services begins with first impressions. When entering new markets, packaging, labeling, and brochures may require changes for new market entry or product positioning. Our International Trade Analysts can offer assistance with: 

    • Packaging 
    • Ad and literature development 
    • Website development
  • Trade Events

    Trade shows, missions, conferences, and industry events provide an excellent venue for product promotion. Our International Trade Analysts can assist you in planning and budgeting your product promotional activities so that they compliment your strategic business and marketing plans. Assistance includes:

    • Identification of trade shows, missions, conferences, and industry events 
    • Trade event preparation 
    • International business travel 
    • Cultural awareness

    Our International Trade Analysts have accompanied local clients traveling abroad to explore international business opportunities in Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Mexico. They will assist you in planning to obtain the most from your participation in trade shows, missions, and other related events.


Saint Vincent College Center for Global Competitiveness The Center for Global Competitiveness is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce under contract # 94-3174. Saint Francis College and Saint Vincent College subscribe to a policy of equal opportunity and do not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability in any of their programs, activities, admission, or employment decisions. All programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Contact Us

Small Business Development Center

Phone: 724-537-4572