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Business Outreach

International Trade Center

The International Trade Center is one of 11 trade centers located throughout Illinois. Our trade center serves businesses in Southern Illinois by providing:

  • individualized, free export consultation to Illinois businesses;
  • international market analysis to identify the most advantageous trading opportunities;
  • identification of foreign buyers, agents and/or distributors through trade leads;
  • seminars on international business strategies, export procedures, distribution practices, and methods of payment, as well as the latest exporting trends;
  • export finance assistance in coordination with EX-IM Bank and SBA's Export Working Capital Program;
  • access to extensive export trade reference material and the International Trade Data Bank.


Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts nearly 50 seminars and workshops throughout the year that address topics important to all business owners. The SBDC also provides one-on-one counseling services to new and existing businesses at no charge. We will review business plans and discuss financing options, bank loans, SBA- and state-backed loan programs, marketing, management and other topics of concern to our business clients. For companies that require specialized attention, the SBDC can act as a referral source for a variety of specialized professionals and consultants. Many provide free or low-cost initial consultation meetings. Areas of expertise include business plan development, cash flow analysis, marketing plan development, database searches for financing sources, mailing lists and more. SBDC clients can visit our resource room containing computer programs, video tapes and reference material on a variety of business topics.

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