The IL SBDC/International Trade Center at Black Hawk College supports companies who face unique challenges by assisting them with knowing their export environment. Businesses who want to export their product understand that this is a long-term process as well as a risk. The International Trade Center counsels and train businesses to help mitigate that risk. Exporting has become a lucrative activity for many U.S. companies, but all of them began by making the critical decisions necessary to expand their market outside the USA. Formulating a solid export strategy requires a critical examination of the capabilities and resources of one’s company.
This center connects companies in Northwest Illinois with opportunities and supports those businesses with information and resources. ITC assists with introductions to other agencies at the State and local level, as well as Federal Agencies in the United States and abroad. We are a key component to the state’s trading efforts by providing information, counseling, and training to existing or new-to-export companies interested in pursuing global trade opportunities; we can assist a company anywhere in their exporting life cycle.
Your International Trade Center advisor will provide assistance in the following areas:
- One on One Counseling
- Agent and Distributor Search
- Country/Industry Specific profiles
- Trade finance and Export Trade financing programs
- Export Documentation
- Trade leads
- Logistics and transaction details
- Help determine proper Harmonized/Schedule B classifications for products
The International Trade Center Library offers a number of resources ideal for researching international markets and trade statistics. Each of these can be accessed at no charge.
Illinois ITC Centers
Illinois Foreign Trade Office
The Export Encyclopedia contains:
country information such as population, demographics, language, key contacts, trade regulations, documented marketing data, business travel, and transportation
The Bureau of National Affairs International Trade Reporter contains:
foreign country information
recent court decisions regarding exporting
current reports relating to the export community
The CIA World Factbook contains:
contains information similar to that found in The Exporter Encyclopedia
Periodicals and Newspapers
The Wall Street Journal
The Financial Times
The Quad City Business Journal
Contact us if you are interested in our services or have questions.
The Black Hawk College International Trade Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Black Hawk College. We are supported by the Illinois Entrepreneur Network, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Black Hawk College
The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has received a grant to assist small businesses in Illinois to develop overseas markets for their products and services. STEP funding offers reimbursement to companies traveling to trade shows, attending trade missions, or looking to comply with foreign regulations with product compliance.
For more information visit http://exports.illinois.gov or contact Michelle Lewis, Director of International Trade Center at Black Hawk College 309-796-5713.