Thinking of expanding your business to other countries? Learn why you should consider international business and find out about upcoming trade and other events near you.

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See what the Business Hub has to offer for International Trade resources

  • How can Illinois Help you Export?
  • Illinois Foreign Trade Office Network
  • Illinois SBDC International Trade Centers (ITCs)
  • Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion (ISTEP) Program
  • Additional Export Resources

2/6: How can Illinois Help you Export?


Read up on why you should consider exporting and international trade for your business along with ways to get started or continue growth:

3/6: Illinois Foreign Trade Office Network


The State of Illinois Office of Trade & Investment (OTI) has a global foreign trade office network, with headquarters in Chicago, dedicated to providing complimentary market specific services to Illinois businesses looking to expand its sales internationally.

OTI's international trade specialists and foreign trade representatives can provide the following customized services:

  • Industry and market research
  • Identify potential customers, distributors, or agents
  • International trade show logistics support
  • Insights into country specific regulatory policies
  • Foreign company due diligence
  • Government advocacy

4/6: Illinois SBDC International Trade Centers (ITCs)


Get in touch with the closest Illinois SBDC International Trade Centers (ITC) to see if your business is looking for complimentary services to assist in drafting an export plan, determining target markets, and navigating through export compliance standards.

Click here to find the nearest center.

5/6: Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion (ISTEP) Program


This program provides qualified Illinois businesses with financial assistance to promote their products in international markets. Interested companies are encouraged to reach out to OTI staff to learn more about applying for the program.

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