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Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center

Find your path to success with our small business expertise. Whether you're starting a new business, positioning your company for growth or seeking to expand globally, we can help.

Our business services include:

  • FREE, confidential, one-on-one business advising in English or Spanish with noted experts
  • Assistance in developing business and financial plans
  • Guidance in forming strategic marketing and product plans
  • Support in securing loans
  • Strategic export advising that includes market and trade research, market access and matchmaking programs
  • Export transaction and regulatory assistance
  • Interactive, low-cost workshops

Schedule a one-on-one advising session - at no cost - with one of our small business advisors.

Potty DiscoverySBDC Success Story

“What I enjoy most about the Illinois SBDC’s advising services is their ability to continually help us see the bigger picture when we were weighted down with details of running a business. They helped us process our goals for the business and kept us accountable toward those goals.”

– Shelly Mann, Co-owner of Potty Discovery, LLC

Potty Discovery, LLC launched the Potty Duck Potty Training Toy in 2016 to help children learn through play and discovery.

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business. Register for Starting Your Business in Illinois. This free workshop is offered multiple times throughout the year.

International Trade Consulting Services

Stay local. Sell Global.

Did you know 95 percent of consumers live outside of the United States?

If you are seeking new markets, our International Trade Specialist will help you successfully navigate the exciting business opportunities global trade has to offer.

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center offers:

  • Confidential, one-on-one export advising
  • Export development and strategy
  • Customized Global market research
  • International trade financing and grant funding assistance
  • Regulatory compliance and logistics
  • Training and workshops

Schedule a one-on-one export advising session - at no cost - with our International Trade Specialist. Call (847) 543-2306.


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