Northland Global - Making the Possible Probable. Providing information, resources and other assistance for international business to companies and individuals in Clay County, Missouri.

Key Business Resources

• The U.S. Commercial Service (Kansas City) of the U.S. Department of Commerce is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized Kansas and Missouri companies develop international markets. Their experienced staff of International Trade Specialists will help you identify and evaluate international partners, navigate international documentation challenges, create market entry strategies, and provide other export related guidance. The U.S. Commercial Service office located in Kansas City, Missouri is part of an international network of global professionals. They have 165 offices in 82 countries throughout the world. For more information, visit or call 816-421-1876. (Web: brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. For assistance in navigating the site or for questions on the content, contact the U.S. Commercial Service-Kansas City at 816-421-1876.

• An outstanding resource within is the import/export introduction, which includes links to several excellent resources, especially for those getting started with international trade.

• Still another outstanding source for show and events in this area is Trade Events search features at Export.Gove, located at

Missouri Export Directory and the Missouri Resource Directory has network offices in Monterey, Guadalajara, Mexico City, London, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (click on "Contact" and go to to the Mid-America or Missouri link).

• Missouri Department of Economic Development Business and Community Services. Of special note is Mark Wine, International Trade Manager at (573-522-6524,

Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce (

A good place to start for security questions is the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce (

Area, State and Regional Resources

Corporate and other for-fee services (although many offer free, initial consultation and other low-cost services):

Blackwood, Langworthy & Tyson LC, and attorney George Blackwood ( brings more than 15 years of business contacts throughout Mexico, which help businesses leverage new or expanded businesses effectively and efficiently.

Commerce Bank ( provides a wide range of relevant services, from foreign exchange to letters of credit, wire transfer and of course numerous business loan products.

Held and Associates ( provides international business and transportation services, from ocean export forwarding to shipment tracing. With an overseas agents network, Held & Associates provides a wide range of auxiliary and support services work effectively.

Hunt Midwest Real Estate ( is a diverse real estate development company controlling more than 6,000 acres of surface and underground real estate development, including SubTropolis, the world's largest underground business complex. This subterranean industrial park includes nearly five million square feet of leasable space and a Foreign Trade Zone. Hunt's traditional commercial development incorporates two large business parks and several commercial centers strategically situated along heavily traveled corridors in Kansas City.

International Marketing LLC ( s a full service marketing research and communications firm focused on the Latin American and US Hispanic consumer. IM's innovative marketing services provide creative solutions for you to develop and implement strategic plans to meet consumer's needs in their own terms within multiple Latino market segments. President Claudio Perez-Korinko, (816) 822-8331, has been active in development of Northland Global.

Laufer Group International ( is a licensed NVOCC, freight forwarder, and customs broker, operating a customs-bonded container freight station near Worlds of Fun.  They offer international transportation and compliance services for importers and exporters in the region.  They also offer local seminars to educate our clients - and potential clients - in international trade.  Many office staff are northlanders and eager to see the area continue to grow in international trade. Feel free to contact Bryan Martsching, 816.421.2233 or

Megaflex, LLC is a new company, which will print and convert flexible packaging. We will print up to 9 colors on a rotogravure 50" press and then ship either printed rolls for auto packaging equipment or convert the roll stock into a variety of bags and pouches for all types of products. One of our goals is to sell into the Mexican market. We believe there are enough high end product manufacturers that there is a need for U.S. quality printing and packaging. What we will offer is a level above what is produced in Mexico at this time. Phone (816) 474-0245 or e-mail

Priority Logistics ( has been practicing transportation logistics for more than 18 years, representing both the interests of carriers and shippers in logistics matters. Led by David Burdick, the firm also represents other logistics companies.The U.S. Commercial Serviceation on how we can help your company succeed in the global marketplace, please visit or call 816-421-1876.

Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce (,

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The information on this Web site is provided as a convenience to Clay County business owners and others interested in international trade. The Clay County Economic Development Council in no way warrants or guarantees this information, but offers it as helpful suggestions and links to specialists in the areas of global business.