Illinois SBDC International Trade Center

Since 1989, the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University has helped hundreds of Illinois companies take advantage of the potential of the international marketplace. The ITC expanded in 1994 to include specialized assistance to ensure exporters obtain the benefits associated with Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), including NAFTA. We help manufacturing and service companies make the right move at the right time. Working together, more than 500 companies have expanded their export sales by more than $400 million.

Our services include:

  • Assessing company readiness to export
  • Identifying potential export markets
  • Identifying potential foreign buyers
  • Assisting with foreign market entry
  • International business planning
  • Export document training
  • Trade-lead matching from U.S. Embassies
  • Education and networking forums
  • Executive courses in international business
  • Export finance options
  • In-house training

For more information on the ITC, call (309) 677-3075 or e-mail us.

International Trade Resources

Export Guides

Small Business Administration- Export Business Planner- Comprehensive guide to an Export Plan for your business. Export Guides- Resource provided by which includes a step-by-step process on how to export, and information on if your business is export ready.

Bureau of Industry and Security- Export Compliance Guidelines- Provides a detailed report on the guidelines and regulations surrounding international trade and the implications for your business. Export Counseling Resources- Provides resources for businesses to contact professional export consultants.  Also includes information on how to tell if your business is ready to export. 

Export Insurance and Financing

Export-Import Bank of the United States- Export Insurance and Financing- Explains the importance and financial security provided by export insurance as well as how to obtain insurance through the EXIM Bank.  Additional resources provide information on how to finance international trade for your business.

United States Harmonized Tariff Schedule Guide

Guide to the HTSUS- A detailed training guide to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.  This guide will explain harmonized codes, their purpose, and how to classify goods as harmonized codes.

Guide to Trade Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau- Guide to Foreign Trade Statistics- A brief overview of the history, importance, and uses of foreign trade statistics for U.S. businesses.

U.S. Census Bureau- USA Trade Online- An up-to-date database tool to access and utilize U.S. import and export data for your business.

Country and Industry Research Market Intelligence- Learn about international markets, your product's potential in that market, as well as the business practices performed in those markets.

Global Edge- Michigan State University- Provides market research insights on countries, industries, and products across the globe.

Euromonitor International- An excellent source for finding statistical data, analysis, and reports on countries and industries across the globe.

International Company Information

Kompass- An international data resource company which provides information on international companies.  It is an excellent resource for finding potential international partners, suppliers and even competitors.  Kompass also provides international promotion and data services for businesses.

Euromonitor International- Company Profiles- Euromonitor company profiles provides analysis on the world's largest companies.  The profiles include facts, history, and a SWOT analysis which will help your business determine its ability to compete and find partners internationally.

Avention-  Provides reports for sales preparation information, marketing contacts, competition, and financial reports for a given company.

Global Edge- Market Conditions- Shows the market conditions for industries and countries around the globe and their implications for businesses.

Additional Trade Resources

International Trade Shows- TradeFairDates- An excellent online resource which provides information on trade shows around the globe.  Trade shows can be searched by city, industry or supplier.

Language Translation Services- An online website provided by Consumer Affairs which ranks and offers translation services from companies based on translation needs.