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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 counseling that includes market and trade research, market access and matchmaking programs
  • Export transaction and regulatory assistance
  • Interactive, low-cost workshops

Request a counseling appointment.

Pawberry Lane Pet CafeSBDC Success Story

Learn how the SBDC helped Pawberry Lane Pet Café owner compose a business plan, and find the right support to help the business grow.

Learn more about Pawberry Lane Pet Café's success story.

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business. This online class is FREE and takes only one hour to complete.

Visit Global Classroom and click the Small Business Spoken Here link to begin.

International Trade Consulting Services

Stay local. Sell Global.

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

Whether new to business or 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 counseling
  • Export development and strategy
  • Global market analysis and matchmaking
  • International trade financing and grant funding assistance
  • Regulatory compliance and logistics
  • Training and workshops

Schedule a one-on-one counseling session - at no cost - with one of our small business advisors or with our International Trade Specialist.

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