The furniture industry is a global business community, whether or not it sees it. Now, there is a valuable international trade course being offered in West Michigan. The Van Andel Global Trade Center provides essential information for companies engaging in global business. The center's mission is to make US companies more competitive in international trade. The small, specialized staff is supported by the facilities and resources of the university. The furniture industry has been largely focused on the negative aspects of foreign manufacturing competition. However, the doors swing both ways. There is a balancing change in the vast opportunity for exporting American skills and products to other countries. To become a viable part of the global economy, the US furniture and cabinetry industry needs to go back to school.