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