We Shorten the Distance Between You and the World

Since 1999, GVSU's Van Andel Global Trade Center (VAGTC) has been helping Michigan businesses succeed globally through import and export training and consulting. Whether you are thinking about opening a new market, figuring out customs compliance and international regulations, or looking for overseas suppliers to complement your global supply chain, Van Andel Global Trade Center can help.

VAGTC is the intersect between the university and Michigan’s global businesses. With the support of Grand Valley State University and our partners in the local business community, VAGTC is able to offer low-cost public and onsite training for international businesses located in Michigan & beyond.

VAGTC hosts more than 25 international business events in Michigan each year and works with a broad variety of community partners & corporate sponsors to provide the international business community with the business training and international resources it needs to succeed on the global stage. In addition, VAGTC provides valuable hands-on business experience to GVSU students through consulting projects, international research, and global trade-focused business events.

It takes many factors to succeed in today's globalized marketplace. Whether it's importing or exporting, contact GVSU's Van Andel Global Trade Center today, to find ways to get support for your global business growth!

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Featured Upcoming Events

Click on the image to learn more about the upcoming 7th Annual Summer Summit Fundraiser and 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Click on the image to learn more about the upcoming Business Travelers Series: Navigating Mexico.

What does the community have to say?

“The team at Van Andel Global Trade Center is great to work with and is a wealth of knowledge. Love all the training they do. Who else could make learning about international so much fun.“ 

- Scott V., Google Review

“The VAGTC is an invaluable resource for exporters and importers of all sizes. Their educational programs will help companies with all degrees of experience in international trade. VAGTC has shown me that American business, particularly in Michigan, is 100% competitive and successful in international trade!”

Paul Vandevert, Vandevert Trade Law 

Business Professionals Assisted
Businesses Impacted through Consulting & Trainings
GVSU Students Employed at VAGTC who have gained hands-on international experience prior to graduation

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State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Van Andel Global Trade Center is the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Regional Export Network Host for West Michigan! Learn More About STEP.

Worldwide Credit Reports

Van Andel Global Trade Center is pleased to offer worldwide credit reports to help you evaluate operations, stability and profitability of those you are working with. Request a Credit Report.


Are you hiring? Let us help! Email VAGTC your job openings and they will post them right here on our International Job Board. Are you job seeking? Click here to see available job opportunities!


Since 2005, Van Andel Global Trade Center has been the designated representative of EXIM Bank for Michigan. Connecting Michigan exporters with access to information and assistance on the export finance programs available. Learn more about Export-Import Bank of the U.S.


In 1999, Van Andel Global Trade Center became the administrator of the Kent-Ottawa-Muskegon Foreign-Trade Zone. Learn More About Kent-Ottawa-Muskegon Foreign-Trade Zone.

Van Andel Global Trade Center is a business resource center of Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business.

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