International Trade and Small Business Development - U of I Extension

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International Trade and Small Business Development

This article was originally published on February 26, 2018 and expired on April 12, 2018. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

URBANA, Ill. - University of Illinois Extension’s Community and Economic Development team will host a free webinar, International Trade and Small Business Development, presented by Kathie Cravens, an International Trade Specialist from the Illinois Small Business Development Center in Champaign, Illinois.  The webinar is from Noon-1PM, Thursday, April 12, 2018. Local officials and economic development professionals will learn about what they can do to assist small business expansion into the international market, international trade opportunities in Illinois, and business retention.

Kathie Cravens, CGBP, MIEx, a seasoned international trade specialist with years of exporting experience, has traveled and lived abroad, worked closely with numerous international dealers and distributors, and has attended several international trade shows. She has advised small to medium sized companies on their export practices and has been directly involved with exporting numerous shipments of U.S. manufactured goods to every continent around the world. She provides in-depth advice on international trade techniques, export processes, and international market opportunities to local companies. In addition, she provides research support for new markets and products and referral assistance for export related activities, licensing, certification, legal and financial consultation, logistics and customs issues.

Cravens was owner of BritAm International, an export management company, advising small to medium sized companies on the expertise of exporting. Before accepting her new position as international trade specialist for the September 2013 opening of the new International Trade Center (ITC) in Champaign, she was employed at the GSI Group as an international logistics specialist, exporting product from Taylorville and Assumption to every continent of the world.

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION required. Register online or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at more information.

Source: Nancy Ouedraogo, Extension Specialist, Community Economic Development,

Pull date: April 12, 2018