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Illinois Office of Trade & Investment

The Office of Trade & Investment promotes Illinois worldwide - marketing to attract Foreign Direct Investment - and connects Illinois companies to global opportunities - providing export assistance. Our ten well-established overseas offices provide business and lead generation support; assist with expansion of foreign entities; and connect companies to international governments, chambers of commerce, and trade commissioners. Our expert team also leads trade missions, curated overseas tradeshows, and outreach events and seminars.

The Illinois Department of Commerce administers the Illinois State Trade & Export Program (ISTEP), which provides financial and technical assistance to eligible small businesses, including market research, distributor searches, business-to-business matchmaking, international marketing support, product compliance certifications, and the opportunity to participate in Group Trade Missions or Individual Foreign Market Sales Missions. 

Through our Small Business Development Center International Trade Centers, we provide advice and resources for existing and new-to-export companies, access to foreign market information, documentation assistance, automated trade leads, and linkages with trade representatives.

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