International Contacts

Grand Rapids U.S. Export Assistance Center

Tom Maguire
401 West Fulton Street
Suite 309C
Grand Rapids , MI 49504
PHONE: (616) 458-3564
FAX: (616) 458-3872


Muskegon Area Chamber Of Commerce –

The mission of the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce is to provide the voice of business, promote the business community (specifically our members), and to use combined resources to provide high quality benefits at the lowest possible price.

MAF – Muskegon Area First

The mission of the Muskegon Area First exists to help businesses grow and thrive in the Muskegon area. That’s something we take seriously because we know that the health of your company directly relates to the overall health of our economy. In other words, the more we support you, the more we’re helping Muskegon’s economic growth. That’s more than a good idea. It’s good business.

Muskegon Community College – 

Muskegon Community College, located on a 111-acre site in the extreme northeast corner of the City of Muskegon, is approximately three miles from the downtown shopping district and is at the intersection of Quarterline Road and Marquette Avenue. The main academic complex is a three-story building built over a ravine and creek. There are 71 general-purpose rooms in 300,000 square feet of space. Constructed adjacent to the main complex is the Muskegon Center for Higher Education. Courses are offered by Ferris State, Grand Valley State, and Western Michigan Universities. The campus also contains a gymnasium, art building, nature trail, planetarium, theater, art gallery, baseball and tennis facilities, and parking for 2000+ vehicles.

US Government Export Portal

Here you can find many links of interest, such as:

Export Counseling
Export Promotion Programs & Services
Country & Industry Market Research
Finance & Insurance
Trade Agreements
Trade Statistics
Trade Events
Export Quick Reference
Export Basics Webcast
Foreign Currency Rates
International Contacts Lists
Industry Sector Offices & Contacts
Basic Guide to Exporting
Tariffs & Taxes
Export Documentation
U.S. Export Controls
Schedule B (Shipper’s Export Declaration)
NAFTA Rules of Origin
Foreign Trade Advocacy
Export Assistance Offices World-Wide
Bureau of Industry and Security –

The U.S. Commercial Service –

The U.S. Commercial Service offers valuable assistance to help your business export goods and services to markets worldwide. From this site you can access a global listing of trade events, international market research, and practical tools to help with every step of the export process.

Van Andel Global Trade Center –

West Michigan Trade Association

AACC – American Association of Community Colleges

AACC has been a national voice for two-year associate degree granting institutions since its inception in 1920. Located in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington , D.C. , AACC works with other higher education associations, the federal government, Congress, and other national associations that represent the public and private sectors to promote the goals of community colleges and higher education.

ACCT – The Association of Community College Trustees

ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States , Canada , and England .

ACE – The American Council on Education

ACE is the nation’s coordinating association for higher education with some 1,800 members in all sectors of higher education. ACE has both a domestic and an international agenda providing leadership and advocacy in both domains.

ACIIE – The American Council on International Intercultural Education
MCC is a member of the American Council on International Intercultural Education, an affiliate council of AACC, is the advocate for community colleges in the global arena, using its collective expertise to facilitate programs, activities, and linkages in international and intercultural education.

Main thrust: information on national policies
120 members
6 international members

ACTFL – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 7,000 foreign language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.

AED – The Academy for Educational Development

Founded in 1961, AED is an independent, non-profit organization committed to solving critical social problems in the U.S. and throughout the world through education, social marketing, research, training, policy analysis, and innovative program design and management. Major areas of focus include health, education, youth development, and the environment.

AIEA – The Association of International Education Administrators

AIEA , a membership organization formed in 1982, is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education.

AIFS – The American Institute for Foreign Study

AIFS and its family of companies organizes cultural exchange programs throughout the world for more than 50,000 students each year and arranges insurance coverage for their own participants as well as participants of other organizations.

CCID – Community Colleges for International Development

CCID provides opportunities for building global relationships that strengthen educational programs and promote economic development.

CCIS – College Consortium for International Studies

CCIS, a partnership of two- and four-year colleges and universities, encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars, for faculty and administrators which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.

CIEE – Council on International Educational Exchange

Council is divided into three inter-related but very independent operating entities: Council International Study Programs, Council Exchanges, and Council Travel.

Council’s International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS) provide a cost-effective tool to help academic institutions in their efforts to internationalize. They are designed specifically for faculty and administrators.
These 1-2 week seminars take place in June and July. The academic program features lectures, site visits/study tours, and academic interchange. Each is hosted by a top academic institution overseas and is overseen by a faculty leader.

CIES – Council for the International Exchange of Scholars/Fulbright

CIES is a private organization founded in 1947 to assist the U.S. government in administering the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

CRD – Council for Resource Development

CSA – The International Center For Study-Abroad

Since 1990,CSA has been a non-profit leader in bringing affordable, flexible, and fully accredited overseas programs to students and working adults worldwide. CSA students are guaranteed acceptance in the program, join other students upon arrival, can arrange for airport pick-up service upon arrival, are assisted by the program director on site, earn college credit, receive quick service from the Seattle office, receive their housing confirmation prior to arriving, save money on shopping for the best airfare, select the group excursions they want, and, overall, have a very rewarding study-abroad experience without paying a fortune!!

CSA International
325 Washington Avenue South #93
Kent , WA . 98032
Phone: (206) 583-8191
Fax: (253) 850-0454
Web Site:

ECA- The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and training programs. The bureau does so by promoting personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad, as well as by presenting U.S. history, society, art, and culture in all of its diversity.

Web Site:

GCC – The Global Community College – Students can become globally literate and capable of competing internationally.
Susan Roggendorf, Program Assistant
Global Education – Community Colleges

The Stanley Foundation
209 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine IA 52761
Phone: (319) 264-0864
Fax: (319) 264-0864

Fulbright Hays Act: seminars abroad

Title VI A & B: foreign languages language resource center
Transit Europe: U. S. Agency for International Development

IIE – The Institute of International Education

IIE administers 240 programs through which almost 18,000 men and women from 170 nations benefit annually. IIE forges partnerships between the public and private sectors to design and implement international programs and to provide technical assistance in all countries and all fields.

International Trade Administration of the U.S. –

JNCL – Joint National Committee on Languages

The mission of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) is that the member organizations of JNCL and NCLIS are united in their belief that all Americans must have the opportunity to learn and use English and at least one other language.

MIIIE – Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Internationalizing Curricula:
The MIIIE is dedicated to improving international studies and foreign language training at each member campus. II’s area studies centers are co-sponsors of the MIIIE’s annual August curriculum development workshops on global thematic topics, helping community college faculty develop area studies curriculum modules, which are shared with other MIIIE member institution faculty as well as other educators and members of the general public

NAFSA – Association of International Educators

NAFSA is the largest professional membership association in the world devoted to the advancement of international education at the college and university level. The Association sets and upholds standards of good practice, offers professional education and training, and provides a forum for discussion of issues and information relating to international education. NAFSA’s Education and Training Division has several funding opportunities available for professional development, student enrichment programming, and institutional support. Each category has different application guidelines and eligibility requirements.

NASBITE – The National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators. NASBITE serves the professional development needs of international trade educators, trainers, and service providers.

World Affairs Council –

YFU – Youth for Understanding – YFU is a non-profit educational organization, which offers opportunities for young people around the world to spend a summer, semester, or year with a host family in another culture.