Exporting Resources

We make navigating the export ecosystem easier. The resources listed below include documents and templates frequently used during the export process and connections to government agencies, trade associations and other providers that can offer services such as export counseling, networking with foreign buyers and connections to international trade missions.

Congressional Budget Justification of the U.S. Agency for International Development

The Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ) is the annual presentation to the Congress that justifies the entire Foreign Operations Budget Request and reflects the continuing process to provide improved strategic focus, data quality, and information on topics of greater Congressional interest. The CBJ also includes the Annual Performance Report for the prior fiscal year and the [...]

A Basic Guide to Exporting

A Basic Guide to Exporting: An overview of the fundamentals in exporting, designed for small to medium sized companies who are considering finding new market segments overseas.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs)

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) provide front-line outreach and service operations for U.S. exporters through the assistance of International Trade Specialists working in over 100 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To find out contact information and to schedule a meeting with a trade specialist, please visit http://export.gov/usoffices/index.asp.

Small Business Development Centers – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Illinois Small Business Development Centers are located throughout the state and provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to start-up and existing small businesses.

The Illinois Department of Commerce Office of Trade and Investment (OTI)

The Illinois Department of Commerce Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) opens overseas markets for Illinois companies and promotes foreign direct investment in Illinois. OTI strives to raise Illinois’ profile as a global business leader through a network of professionals focusing on improving the state’s economy worldwide.

International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago (ITA/GC) provides a forum for the exchange of up-to-date and practical information on the trends and tools of the ever-changing global market place.

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

As a catalyst for transforming the state of manufacturing, IMEC helps organizations optimize operating capacity, implement advanced product and process innovations, increase sales and enter new markets, and improve profitability. Together with Illinois Performance Excellence, we are creating a roadmap to success for organizations on the journey to excellence. We customize every solution to address [...]

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

Bureau of Industry and Security – U.S. Department of Commerce

Advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs)

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) provide front-line outreach and service operations for U.S. exporters through the assistance of International Trade Specialists working in over 100 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To find out contact information and to schedule a meeting with a trade specialist, please visit http://export.gov/usoffices/index.asp.

Small Business Development Centers – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Illinois Small Business Development Centers are located throughout the state and provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to start-up and existing small businesses.

The Illinois Department of Commerce Office of Trade and Investment (OTI)

The Illinois Department of Commerce Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) opens overseas markets for Illinois companies and promotes foreign direct investment in Illinois. OTI strives to raise Illinois’ profile as a global business leader through a network of professionals focusing on improving the state’s economy worldwide.

International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago (ITA/GC) provides a forum for the exchange of up-to-date and practical information on the trends and tools of the ever-changing global market place.

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

As a catalyst for transforming the state of manufacturing, IMEC helps organizations optimize operating capacity, implement advanced product and process innovations, increase sales and enter new markets, and improve profitability. Together with Illinois Performance Excellence, we are creating a roadmap to success for organizations on the journey to excellence. We customize every solution to address [...]

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

Bureau of Industry and Security – U.S. Department of Commerce

Advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

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Export–Import Bank of the United States

The Export–Import Bank of the United States is the official export credit agency of the United States federal government. Operating as a government corporation, the bank finances and insures foreign purchases of United States goods for customers unable or unwilling to accept credit risk.

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Congressional Budget Justification of the U.S. Agency for International Development

The Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ) is the annual presentation to the Congress that justifies the entire Foreign Operations Budget Request and reflects the continuing process to provide improved strategic focus, data quality, and information on topics of greater Congressional interest. The CBJ also includes the Annual Performance Report for the prior fiscal year and the [...]

A Basic Guide to Exporting

A Basic Guide to Exporting: An overview of the fundamentals in exporting, designed for small to medium sized companies who are considering finding new market segments overseas.