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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.

Dan Livingston of FreedomTrax at his shopSBDC Success Story

“The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center assisted me with expanding our international presence in Europe and establishing channels of distribution. The Center’s international trade specialist provided valuable insight and quickly connected us to the right people overseas.”

- Dan Livingston, Owner, Livingston Innovations

Livingston Innovations manufactures all terrain, electric wheelchairs for individuals with adaptive equipment needs.

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 workshop is offered multiple times throughout the year.

International Trade Advising 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 business planning
  • Customized global market research
  • Trade training and workshops
  • Export financial and technical resources
  • Grants available
  • Services provided at no cost

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


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