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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. Schedule a one-on-one advising session with one of our small business advisors.

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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

Robothink CEO Danny Park with robots made with building blocksSBDC Success Story

"With assistance from our International Trade Specialist, we discovered business resources and grant opportunities that helped us export our products and services. We attended additional trade shows to sell our franchise abroad and as a result, have seen measurable increases in sales and profits."

– Danny Park, CEO of RoboThink, LLC

RoboThink is a children’s education business focused on teaching students robotics and coding. They franchised the business model and currently have over 100 locations worldwide.

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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