The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) provides information, counseling and training to existing and new to-export companies interested in pursuing international trade opportunities. Since 1989, the ITC has assisted over 1,100 companies and has been credited with supporting over $1bn in export sales. The success of the ITC was recognized when it received the U.S. President’s eAward – the country’s highest honor in recognizing export success.
The ITC receives a combination of funding from the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and matching funds from Bradley University. This funding allows us to provide this assistance at no cost to our clients (although special projects with extensive research and in-house training may have a minimal fee).
Evaluation of a company's readiness to export
Access to foreign market information
Automated trade leads
Linkages with trade representatives
Identifying potential export markets, foreign buyers and distributors
Assistance with foreign market entry
International business planning
Export documentation training and assistance
Trade-lead matching from US embassies
Financing export growth and foreign receivables insurance
Trade compliance support including product classification and FTA rules of origin
The ITC has been awarded a U.S. Department of Education BIE grant for our SEA Change project to assist companies with increasing exports to Southeast Asia (SEA). As countries, companies, and consumers look for solutions due to supply chain issues and ongoing trade disputes, this region will become even more crucial to central Illinois businesses’ international success. Click below to learn more.