Upcoming Events

Various Dates:  Cyber Security Training Certificate

Work with banks or credit card processors to employ best practices to ensure the most trusted anti-fraud services are being used. You will walk away with the tools needed to protect both yourself and customer’s personal information to keep from becoming a victim. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University will help small businesses learn how to establish basic security practices and policies and earn a Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy.

The cybersecurity series is 7 seminars ($50 each) and 2 webinars ($25 each) or $225 for the wholes series.

Wed, April 19, 2017
Tue, May 23, 2017
Tue, June 27, 2017
Thu, July 27, 2017 (Webinar)
Tue, August 29, 2017 (Webinar)
Tue, September 19, 2017
Tue, October 24, 2017
Tue, November 14, 2017
Thu, December 14, 2017

Threats and Protections
Understanding the Legal Implications
The Inside Risk
Best Practices from the Private Sector
Doing Business Internationally
Protecting Your Money & Your Customers
A White Hat Hacker's View
Protecting Your Employees & Assets
You had a Breach - What do you do Next?

To learn more and to register by April 14th call the Illinois Small Business Development Center at


April 20, 2017: Export Compliance 201, Reduce Risk, Cut Costs, and Increase Profits

This program will help bring your international trade program into full compliance with a whole host of U.S. export/import regulations. Learn the proper protocols for export/import compliance and learn how they can lead to increased sales, profits, and cost-cutting measures. Review how you can eliminate incorrect valuation on commercial invoices, EEIs and other documents used in an effort to benefit the “foreign” customer. Assess the correct way to handle valuation on drop shipments, warranties, repairs and replacements for customer purposes. Finally, you’ll round things off by reviewing the FCPA, as well as the Successor Liability and how these can affect you.

April 20, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (CDT)
University Center of Lake County
1200 University Center Drive
Room 241
Grayslake, IL 60030

To learn more or to register click here.


May 4, 2017: International Trade Day

Hear from representatives from SBA, ExIm Bank, the Midwest Inland Port, and the Office of Trade and Investment – learn about travel grants to attend foreign trade shows, export loans, insuring foreign receivables, international logistics resources for Central IL exporters, and the services & resources of the SBDC International Trade Center for Central/East Central Illinois. For more information contact Kathie Cravens at

May 4th, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100
Champaign, Illinois 61820


May 10th, 2017 – Safety and Security for the Business Professional Traveling Abroad

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University is offering an International Safety Abroad Seminar with speaker Christian Anglin (SI) from the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  
Corporate espionage is an increasingly serious threat for the business traveler. The U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation will provide some valuable information to help promote good security habits that will help protect you and your company.

  • The perpetrator may be a competitor, opportunist, or foreign intelligence officer.
  • In many countries, domestic corporations collect competitive intelligence with the help and support of their governments.
  • To mitigate this risk, your organization's critical information and technologies should be protected.

Register by May 3rd. To register click here

Sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University.
May 10th, 2017
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
801 W Main St, Peoria IL 61606
Cost: $30


May 20 - 23, 2017: National Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA)

The four-day National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the Western Hemisphere's largest food service and hospitality industry event. Founded in 1919, the annual NRA Show forum typically brings together approximately 2,000 exhibiting organizations and 60,000 attendees from all 50 states and over 100 countries at McCormick Place in Chicago. The NRA show has been approved to be part of the U.S. Department of Commerce “International Buyer Program”, and as such, the U.S. Commercial Service will be recruiting buyer delegations from around the world to attend. To find out what countries will be represented and to register your interest in meeting the delegation leaders, please contact

May 20 -23, 2017
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Cost: $75 before April 7
Click here to register