The Global Business Resource Center
About the Global Business Resource Center
Globalization and international trade are key drivers of our national and state economies. In 2011, nearly 30% of all manufacturing employees in South Carolina depended on exports for their jobs, the 3rd highest share in the US and well above the US average of 20% of manufacturing employees. South Carolina ranks high in total exports reporting 160 percent growth in exports between 2002 and 2012. The state exported $29.7 billion in goods and services to 202 countries in 2014 supporting nearly 154,000 US jobs. With more than 80 percent of trade taking place outside U.S. borders, however, continued economic development depends upon improving international skills in the business community and in creating an awareness of the globalization of our economy.
The School of Business offers one of only a handful of undergraduate degrees in international business in the Southeast. The Business Research Guide has named the College of Charleston one of the top 15 business schools in the U.S. for study business abroad citing the strong opportunities for study abroad. Indeed, the College of Charleston is the largest provider of undergraduate international business and foreign language degrees in South Carolina. Its graduates are key to the development of an internationally-skilled workforce.
The Global Business Resource Center (GBRC) is housed in the College of Charleston's School of Business. Located in the beautiful, historic center of this important port city, the GBRC is situated in the heart of the international trade community. Top-notch facilities in the Beatty and Tate Centers provide an ideal venue for international trade seminars, workshops and lectures geared toward students, faculty and/or members of the business community.
Key Role of the Global Business Resource Center
The Global Business Resource Center (GBRC) supports continued development of international education opportunities so students may gain the necessary international business skills, cross-cultural experience and foreign language proficiencies needed to compete effectively in today's globalized economy. To help ensure that the international business knowledge conveyed in the classroom is up-to-date and relevant, the GBRC also supports faculty development and international business research.
The GBRC continues to build upon longstanding relationships with the SC International Trade Coalition, Charleston Women in International Trade, the SC State Ports Authority, the SC Department of Commerce, World Trade Center - Charleston, the ExIm Bank City/State partnership and other international trade organizations to expand international trade education and assistance to mid-career professionals. The GBRC is the first organization in the state to offer the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional credential prorgram and training seminars. Since 2008, the GBRC and the Charleston Women in International Trade has established a mentoring program that matches School of Business students with global trade and logistics professionals in mutually beneficial relationships and continues to host workshops connecting students with working professionals.
Global Business Resource Services for students, faculty, and businesses:
- Mentor Match for students interested in careers in international business
- Provide seminars and workshops to support international trade education and professional development
- Connect businesses to resources and information to increase economic competitiveness in international trade
- Conduct global market research for small to medium sized businesses develop successful foreign market strategies
- Enhance faculty development in International Business