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Up your small business export game with help from SBDC

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URBANA, Ill. – Learn ways the Illinois SBDC International Trade Centers can help small businesses take advantage of exporting. University of Illinois Extension is providing a free online webinar at noon, Nov. 10 to cover the benefits and opportunities available from exporting. 

State and federal trade promotion and export funding programs available will be discussed, including the Illinois' State Export Promotion grant program. ISTEP provides Illinois’ small businesses with both financial and technical assistance to increase their exports.

Register online at For a reasonable accommodation to participate in the webinar, contact Mike Delany at

Presenters include Jean Lin, program manager for the International Trade Center at College of DuPage, and Mariel Huasanga, director of the International Trade Center at Champaign County EDC.

Mariel Huasanga is a Certified Global Business Professional by NASBITE and a seasoned exporter. Mariel has received certifications in international logistics and international market intelligence and founded two successful companies: a chemical/textile consulting firm and a biotechnological/chemical business. Mariel is multilingual and has vast experience assisting exporters in entering and expanding their operations in South America, Central America, Asia, and Europe. Mariel's clients have been recognized by the State of Illinois Governor's Export Awards, Mid-America Trade Summit, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and America's SBDC.

Jean Lin is a Certified Global Business Professional. With years of international business experience in multiple markets, she brings valuable trade knowledge and diverse cultural insight to the table. Her background includes export strategic planning, product development, and distributor management. 

SOURCEMike Delany, Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development
WRITERJudy Mae Bingman, Marketing and Communications Manager, Illinois Extension 

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