It’s clear that thanks to technology and the Internet, all businesses are becoming global. That’s what Linda Bi, President of Chicago Expert Importers (CEI) says in the Chicago Sun-Times article (6/28/15). CEI is a top importer of casting components in the mobile home/RV axle manufacturing industry. Over the years, Bi expanded the business into areas including, but not limited to: sporting goods and forklift- and school-bus components, to importing parts to also providing sourcing, logistics and warehousing and distribution, leading the 17-employee company to $40 million in yearly revenue — a sixfold increase from where it stood when Bi’s husband died 15 years ago. Bi’s tip for success: “Accept and deal with the challenges.”
Shea Soucie is another prime example of women leading the charge in global trade. Soucie is co-owner of the custom residential design firm Soucie Horner, Ltd., at 208 W. Kinzie St. in River North (Chicago), started a new business, SHIIR to import fine rugs and decorative carpets and sell them across the country and worldwide. The company started exporting in 2013 to specific clients, such as a hotel in Delhi, India, and a super-yacht that travels the world. Soucie’s tip for success: “Look for female mentors in groups like the Women Presidents’ Organization — womenpresidentsorg.com.”
In the same Chicago Sun-Times article, WEGG is mentioned:
Only 12 percent of businesses that export are owned by women, which shows there’s room for growth, says Laurel Delaney, executive director of Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global, a new nonprofit organization that aims to boost the number of women business owners in exporting.
Read the entire article: Women At Work: ‘All Business Becoming Global,’ Chicago Importer Says