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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.

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Ready to assist you

  • No-cost, confidential, one-on-one business advising in English or Spanish with noted experts
  • Assistance developing business, marketing and financial plans
  • Information about federal, state and local loan programs
  • Support in securing commercial loans with local providers
  • One-on-one strategic export advising
  • Access to vital business resources
  • Interactive, low-cost workshops

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

CR-WeldingSBDC Success Story

Successful business leaders think ahead! Chris Russell, the “CR” in CR Welding, sought support from the Small Business Development & International Trade Center at the College of Lake County. The advisors assisted Chris to create ways to capitalize on market needs, run day-to-day operations effectively and keep an eye on future opportunities. Read more about CR Welding

CR Welding provides custom metal fabrication, sandblasting and powder coating services.

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.

Export services

  • No-cost, confidential one-on-one export advising
  • Export business planning
  • Customized global market research
  • Export financial and technical resources
  • Trade training and workshops
  • Grants available

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


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