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May 8, 2019: Details of Exporting; International Commercial Terms and Export Product Classification

For exporters, a working knowledge of International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) is essential in avoiding pitfalls of conducting international business. Beginning in 1936 the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) created a set of transportation terms to prevent misunderstandings between sellers and buyers to provide international rules for foreign trade.

This workshop will help you learn: 

  1. What are International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) and export product classification (Schedule B) 
  2. Auditing information to stay on track 
  3. Communicating effectively in consideration of cultural differences


May 8th, 2019
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
320 N. Damen
Chicago, IL  

Registration is required. To register, click here:



May 8, 2019: Export Funding Options

This session, led by Mariel Huasanga (International Trade Specialist of the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC), is designed to help you gain a better understanding of federal and state funding options available to support your export activities.

Topics covered:

  • Analyze and understand your financial capacity to support your global expansion strategy
  • Manage export working capital to meet growing customer demand
  • Utilize export credit insurance to protect against non-payment, minimize risk, and offer extended credit terms to international buyers to increase sales
  • Obtain working capital loans with U.S. government backing to provide capital for inventory, hiring, and performance bonds to support export sales orders and free up needed capital
  • Offer financing at competitive rates to prospective customers to help close the sale
  • Take advantage of the ISTEP program (Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion)

May 8th, 2019
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
SBDC at Champaign County EDC
1817 S. Neil St.
Suite 100
Champaign, IL 61820 

Free to attend – registration required to secure a spot. Limited space available. RSVP online at cusbdc.org/events, email info@cusbdc.org, or call 217-378-8535.


May 9, 2019: International Logistics – Global Trade 

Domestically, logistics is an everyday process that we are all very dependent upon and familiar with.  However, when it comes to shipping your products overseas, you will want to make sure to have the proper export logistics in place to ensure that your shipment gets to the right place at the right time in the proper condition and with the proper documentation to comply with your customers' expectations so that you can continue to build up your export business.

This workshop will teach you about:  Freight forwarding, licenses and certifications, logistics services (Air/Ocean/Foreign to Foreign/Road to Railway), export and import processes, export packaging (boxed/skidded/crated/containerized/etc.), export documentation, US Customs and Border Protection & Other government entities, and more.

May 9th, 2019
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Forest Park Plaza
7600 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Forest Park, IL. 60130 

The event is free, but registration is required. To register, click here


May 9, 2019: Find New Buyers, Finance Deals, Get Paid 

Learn how SBA and EXIM finance and credit insurance tools, along with market entry services from the U.S. Commercial Service, can help you unlock business potential in foreign markets. Access to finance and finding buyers are two of the most common challenges to small business exporting. Hear from a small business exporter who has used these programs to grow their business beyond the United States.


May 9th, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WebEx: https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea4e3ae4300ec9ac8b595479ee346a88f - WebEx

Dial-in Information: 888-324-6991

Passcode: 6418774


May 16, 2019: Manage Challenges in the Global Market Place 

Whether it's protecting intellectual property rights, competing for foreign government procurement, or addressing trade barriers, learn about U.S. Department of Commerce programs that can help.  Once a small business starts selling to global customers, there will inevitably be a few bumps in the road. Knowing how to avoid challenges, or if they occur, where to turn for support can save time and money. 

May 16th, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WebEx: https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2a059d2f21f5ce44ace56d6040eb70e4 - WebEx

Dial-in Information: 800-857-8887

Passcode: 5601499


May 21, 2019: Website Localization for International Marketing

With the high internet penetration rate in nowadays, it won’t be much of a surprise to discover foreign traffic to your website. The question is, how to translate the traffic to your potential or actual sales?
No matter if you want to expand your operations to a foreign market or simply consider cross-border as an option to create another stream of income, website localization is the first step to take in order to accommodate the language/ culture differences.
Come join our Website Localization workshop to learn about how to use your website to build a bridge to your target customers. In this workshop, we will discuss;

  • What is localization and why do you need to localize your website.
  • The key elements your localization process needs to cover.
  • Mistake to avoid & Success example
  • Potential (financial) resources to help you complete your website localization project.

May 21st, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Glen Ellyn Civic Center
535 Duane St.
Room 324
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Registration is required. To register, contact Jean Lin at lini@cod.edu


May 22, 2019: New NAFTA 2.0

Still remember the long-hauling NAFTA negotiations that took place last year? The new NAFTA 2.0- The United States-Mexico- Canada Agreement (USMCA) was finally signed in November 2018. The trade agreement is very important to most of the U.S exporters as Mexico and Canada are really some of our top trade partners and the two countries are very likely to the very first two foreign markets to many exporters.
Come join our USMCA workshop to learn what are some changes made and how to take advantage on this agreement to make your exports competitive. We will discuss;

  • Rules to qualify and classify products.
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Best practices of maintaining proper export documents/ shipping process.

May 22nd, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Glen Ellyn Civic Center
535 Duane St.
Room 324
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Registration is required. To register, contact Jean Lin at lini@cod.edu


May 22, 2019: Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Trade Show Participation 

Trade shows can be an excellent venue to find new buyers, promote your products, and increase awareness of your brand. Learn the dos and don'ts of international trade shows, including preparing for, attending, and turning prospects into buyers after the show. 

Topics to be discussed: 

  • Determining what trade show to attend
  • Funding your attendance
  • Preparing for a trade show
  • During the show: exhibiting tips
  • After the show: measuring your effectiveness, use of metrics 

May 22nd, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Free to attend – registration required to secure a spot. RSVP online at cusbdc.org/events, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org. Webinar instructions will be sent out closer to the date.


May 23, 2019: Online Tools for Finding New Markets 

Discover the power of data for finding foreign market opportunities. Get a hands-on tutorial of data tools that can help businesses that are ready to increase international sales. USA Trade Online, the Global Market Finder Tool, and the ITA Market Diversification Tool are available for anyone to use to identify new markets, evaluate existing markets, and perform other market research.

May 23rd, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WebEx: https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0c80651bf96a85726de675360f990bbe - WebEx

Dial-in Information: 888-324-6991

Passcode: 6418774


May 29, 2019: Expanding Your Business Internationally 

Are you considering exporting? Learn how to break the fear of exporting. This workshop is for companies that are looking to increase sales and maintain doing.

  • What is an export?
  • How to know if your product sells
  • How to develop a marketing strategic
  • How selling to trade partners make prices more competitive  

May 29th, 2019
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Room 316
815 N. Orlando
Oglesby, IL 61348


May 30, 2019: Opportunities in International Development 

Small business exporters can truly make the world a better place by doing good. In our final webinar of the series, gain insights into the work of U.S. development agencies. You'll also hear about trade opportunities that can grow your business while solving the world's most pressing problems. 

May 30th, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WebEx: https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/onstage/g.php?MTID=e291ae91c000bf90386fb8f367cbe00bd - WebEx

Dial-in Information: 800-857-8887

Passcode: 9501261 


May 30, 2019: Introduction to Importing 

This webinar will cover all of the essential elements involved with importing goods into the U.S., including key topics such as finding a qualified supplier, tariff classification (HTS), logistics, import documentation, and customs procedures and compliance. This webinar aims to increase your confidence and awareness in working with overseas suppliers, freight forwarders and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.  

Topics to be discussed: 

  • Overview of the import process
  • Key considerations when importing into the U.S.
  • Selecting a qualified supplier
  • Import requirements and documentation
  • Import compliance
  • Entry process
  • Customs clearance
  • Drawback (refund of duty paid for imported goods if they are exported later)
  • Import resources 

May 30th, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Free to attend – registration required to secure a spot. RSVP online at cusbdc.org/events, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org. Webinar instructions will be sent out closer to the date.


May 31, 2019: Introduction to Export Controls Under the EAR 

This webinar will provide information on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which are administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It will cover basic export control concepts one needs to understand in order to execute essential global business operations in a compliant manner. Subjects include who needs to comply, general prohibitions, record keeping, navigating the Commerce Control List (CCL), how to classify items on the CCL, how to determine license requirements, applying license exceptions, and more. The webinar will include examples and interactive Q&A to ensure participants leave with a working knowledge of the regulations to immediately apply to their own processes. 

Topics to be discussed: 

  • Basic concepts under EAR and regulatory framework
  • Navigating through the Commerce Control List (CCL)
  • Determining An Export Control Classification Number
  • Determining License Requirements
  • Deemed Exports and working with Foreign nationals
  • Restricted Party and Red Flag Screening
  • Preparing an Export Compliance Program 

May 31th, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Free to attend – registration required to secure a spot. RSVP online at cusbdc.org/events, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org.  Webinar instructions will be sent out closer to the date.


June 12, 2019: The Essentials of Export Financing

Well-planned export payment terms and export finance opportunities are driving forces to grow your international sales. Learn from seasoned experts how to get paid for the product you ship and the protective measures to take to ensure payment. Increase potential sales with export credit insurance and learn how to obtain an export working capital loan when receiving purchase orders from foreign buyers. Also, learn about various payment methods and when to use them, types of SBA export loans available to you and loan eligibility requirements. Active Q & A is encouraged! Sponsored by First American Bank. 

June 12, 2019
8:30 AM -10:30 AM
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington Street, Room E121
Grayslake, IL 60030 

Cost:  $30
To register, visit: https://exportfin-sum2019.eventbrite.com