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Farmington business makes splash in global market

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FARMINGTON - A local small business is making a big hit on the global market and says there are misconceptions about small business and their impact on the economy.

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FARMINGTON - A local small business is making a big hit on the global market and says there are misconceptions about small business and their impact on the economy.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12513/6802395?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:27:32 +0000 Farmington business makes splash in global market FARMINGTON - A local small business is making a big hit on the global market and says there are misconceptions about small business and their impact on the economy. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12513/6802395?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WMBD <<lindsey mills>>a local small business making a huge splash on the global market... says companies like it are vital for our economy... eugene daniel joins us live in the control room, with more.eugene? <<eugene daniel>>if you saw its location, you may not even know gator guards exists... much less---that its one of the more well-known and still emerging faces in its industry. <<(if you own a boat...you may have heard of gator guards - a company that plays big in the market...but not so quite when you see it up close. (sue smith) "we're a small, very small company that focuses on manufacturing marine accessories... /// 15;41;43 "we focus basically on anything that can protect your boat." located in an old farmington school, gator guards employs only six people, including president and founder sue smith. but it's clientel keeps getting bigger...and further away. (smith) "we're looking for revenue to generate ten-fold. which is significant but something we never thought we could achieve." after 20 years in the game...this small business is a hit internationally. so much so, it recently won the governor's new exporter of the year award..(jim ryan) "most exporters in the u-s are small and mid sized businesses. they are not multi nationals by sheer numbers alone. jim ryan, of the illinois small business development center..works with and nominated gator guards for the award. he says, many people have the wrong picture of small and medium sized businesses. it does not have to be big in order to be successful. (ryan) that's a little bit of a hurdle that american biz need to address and get over. there's this sense that you need to be a success in domestic business before you can interntational. smith says gator guards is not alone...that there are other small businesses flying under people's radar...but will be the key to keeping local communities afloat. (smith) "we're going to be the main employer in these small communities.)>> <<eugene daniel>>the s-b-d-c is located on bradley's campus and provides international trade assistance to small and medium sized businesses across the state. smith says it is a major reason the company is able to




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