Bryant students inside the John H. Chafee Center for International Business

John H. Chafee Center for International Business

The John H. Chafee Center for International Business provides comprehensive international trade services for businesses to expand into international markets.

John H. Chafee Center for International Business

For more information, please contact:
(401) 232-6407
(401) 232-6416
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917

The John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University is named for the late Rhode Island senator, a longtime advocate of international trade and the benefits of introducing new markets to our nation's businesses.

The Chafee Center provides comprehensive international trade services for businesses to expand into international markets. Through global market research, corporate training, and strategic consulting, the Chafee Center helps local, regional, and national companies get their products and services to more customers in more places around the world.

For Students

The Chafee Center is a living business laboratory where students apply what they learn through real-world business research, analysis, and planning. With the guidance of faculty and staff, students participate in projects, directed studies, and internships.

For Business

The Chafee Center provides comprehensive international trade services to help businesses expand into international markets. The Center has an extensive network of strategic partners around the world.

Student Practicum

In addition to providing international business consulting services, the Chafee Center also works with Bryant's International Business faculty to partner with regional firms who want to expand globally – some for the first time and others who want to move to the next level in exporting their products and services. Working in partnership with the Chafee Center, students enrolled in Bryant's International Business (BSIB) program work in teams as part of the senior year IB practicum to study these firms, conduct market research, and develop actionable strategic plans to help them achieve their goals.

The Chafee Center provides comprehensive international trade services for businesses to expand into international markets. The Center has an extensive network of strategic partners around the world. In addition to our partners, we have an in-house staff, a team of international specialists and student researchers from Bryant and other regional universities and colleges to help companies reach their international goals. We assist companies both locally and regionally by providing:

  • International market research

  • Market entry strategies for countries around the world

  • Assistance in developing international channel partners

  • Assistance in developing global pricing models

  • SWOT analysis: (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)

  • International business plan writing

  • Assessment of a company's global supply chain strategy

Through these programs, the Chafee Center assists more than 200 companies with international consulting needs annually.

The Chafee Center offers numerous options for training in a wide range of international business topics, including both import and export issues. Recent programs have included:

  • The International Professional Series at Bryant University provides an opportunity for trade professionals to enhance their knowledge of pertinent international business topics and prepare them for Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Certification. The series of six half-day seminars provides a platform for business professionals to expand their knowledge base, remain up-to-date on the latest trade issues, and learn best practices in six core areas: Global Business Management, Global Marketing, Global Supply Chain, Export Regulations, Import Regulation and Trade Finance.

  • One or two-day Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) seminars providing in-depth training in import regulations. 

The Chafee Center provides companies and government agencies with comprehensive independent research. The comprehensive reports are used in a wide range of activities, covering areas such as economic planning; measuring the impact of existing or planned regulations; solving budget problems; making best use of local, regional or national resources; determining best markets; taking advantage of emerging opportunities in clean energy and high technology; improving and expanding infrastructure; and determining export opportunities. Some examples include:

  • Rhode Island Port Study

  • Economic Studies

  • Energy Studies (e.g. cost of sales)

  • Country Specific Studies

  • Rhode Island vs. National vs. Global Trade Export/Import Studies

Through the Center’s strong partnership with Commerce RI additional programs are available to support local companies in their export activities. Its Export Management Training Grant program provides funding to Rhode Island companies for customized export training programs, including business plan development, market entry strategies, export logistics, international trade show development, certification training and foreign language training. This program is offered in partnership with the Governor's Workforce Board.

Eligible Rhode Island companies may apply for up to $5,000 in matching funds to address their international training needs. Consortiums may receive additional funding. The goal of the Export Management Training Grant Program is to create jobs in Rhode Island by boosting exports.

The World Trade Center Rhode Island (WTCRI) is a partnership between the State of Rhode Island and Bryant University's Chafee Center for International Business. For an annual fee of $250, members gain access to a powerful worldwide network of companies and individuals in both the public and private sector. This network provides access to business, academic, governmental and cultural relationships and opportunities. By utilizing this network, it becomes easier to understand local business practices and cultural nuances within a country as you extend your organization globally. Whether you need market entry assistance, directions within a city or help finding suitable accommodations for lodging or business transactions, the WTC Association is there to help. Other services include:

  • World Trade Center website membership access

  • WTC Network Card - offers discounts and connections to worldwide meeting facilities, hotels and airfares through the network of over 300 member WTC's

  • Trade Card - your link to electronic commerce

  • One free seminar

  • 25% discount on the ITDN for an individual subscription

  • Access global relationships through 279 offices worldwide

The international business experience of the Chafee Center team, the availability of the Bryant University faculty, staff and International Business students, and the ability to leverage previously developed in-house web technology has enabled the Chafee Center to provide a unique export training and one-on-one consulting service for 8(a) and 7(j) companies for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA 8(a) and 7(j) Trade Leads program is serving 300 companies across the U.S. The program is the model for what is needed on a much greater scale in the U.S. to train more companies in what it takes to develop the ability to export their products and services, to find trade leads, and thereby grow their business and provide more jobs in the U.S.

World Trade Day

World Trade Day

World Trade Day is one of the largest international trade conferences in the Northeast region, bringing together more than 500 business people, government leaders, trade experts, and international diplomats to discuss global trade issues and opportunities.

Attendees of World Trade Day at Bryant University

Certified Global Business Professional Program

The four-day certificate program includes training in a wide range of international business topics, including both import and export issues.