This fiscal year the governor of Missouri requested $2.3 million from the general assembly to increase export trade in Missouri,
However, a local business says their consumers prefer imported goods.
â??Like I said, I'd like to have the American made products but the customers want the price points at a lower price and we give the customers what they want and obviously, if we had American products then we'd be keeping Americans working, so if we had less regulation then that could happen,â?? said Tub Connection manager, Leland Allemang.
The Tub Connection is a small business out of Kirksville, importing and selling most of their product online.
Business Development Specialist Charles Holland says, "Exporting can assist a business in reaching greater markets, which can be a plus, economically.â??
If you know of a small business looking to expand their market, please contact your nearest University of Missouri Extension Office.