Illinois SBDC International Trade Ctr at Women’s Business Development Ctr Chicago

The International Trade Center at the WBDC assists companies who want to start or grow their exports. Helps with planning, targeting markets, building processes. We are the gateway to connect you with resources and experts in international business.


The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (ITC) at the Womens Business Development Center in Chicago provides export advice that help businesses enter and expand in global markets. The ITC is an extension of the State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment. Works within and outside WBDC client base.

Heres how the ITC can assist you:

       Assess export readiness

       Develop an export plan

       Discuss channel and market strategies

       Access market research reports, analysis and expert network

       Discuss international shipping and logistics

       Examine international payments, EXIM credit insurance and grant programs


Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing
  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • International Trade

Operations and Logistics

  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses


  • International Trade Education and Training
Primary Contact
Bill McNamara
8 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60603
312 853 3477