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Katie Arroyo has worked at the University of North Florida (UNF) Small Business Development Center since 2013.  As an International Trade Specialist and Certified Global Business Professional she works with Florida small businesses to develop comprehensive, tailored export marketing plans as well as advises clients on every aspect of international market development and compliance.  Katie also leads the Center’s International Trade Certificate Program, Export Basics series, and has made several public speaking appearances across the state during the Florida Chamber’s Trade and Logistics Plan roll-out events. 
 
Prior to working at UNF, Katie was an International Trade Specialist at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) International Trade Center-SBDC in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  In addition to advising Oklahoma businesses on international trade, she represented OSU at an official visit to the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso of Chile. Katie also developed and facilitated the Center’s first Certified Global Business Professional online course, assisted to research and write grant proposals, and coordinated with various departments to host international guests. 
 
In 2011 Katie established a limited liability corporation, called Gondwana, which sells a variety of international curios to raise funds for OSU student-led community development projects in Sierra Leone.
 
Katie earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies with a focus in Spanish and Business from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She later earned her Master of Science degree in International Studies with a focus on International Trade and Development from Oklahoma State
University. Her area of interest is economic development in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa.
 
Katie’s passion for international began when she lived in Chile for six months as a high school exchange student. As a college student, Katie studied abroad in Iceland (2000), Cuba (2002), and Sierra Leone (2010).  In 2009 she worked in Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Zone of the Americas and has also traveled to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Holland, New Zealand, Paraguay, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.

 

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