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 CARES Act Funding

Whether you are considering exporting or you are already doing so, 2020 has made the world an even more complex place in which to do business.

But thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress on March 27, 2020, there is financial assistance available to you and your company along with additional support from your local Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at SIUE.

Now is the ideal time for you to consider requesting immediate business support through CARES Act funds that could equip you to accomplish the following to successfully sell your products and services to international markets:

  • Access funding to increase your capacity and capability to produce products for exporting
  • Strategic connections with domestic and international trade and industry experts to help you secure end-users, distributors, agents and partners
  • Equip you to manage your logistics and reporting activities
  • Help you hone your exporting marketing strategy
  • Enable you to scale your business for global success
  • Fuel your ability to access relevant metrics from reliable data sources
  • Receive one-on-one actionable expertise from consultants and mentors with decades of exporting experience

See the links below to learn more about the CARES Act funds and how your small business can get immediate access and the help it needs while funding is available. We’re here to provide you with the resources and opportunities to succeed in global markets!


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The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a service to Illinois small businesses

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