Iowa Small Business Development Center for International Trade

Debbie Franklin
Debbie FranklinCenter Director

Ames: 515-509-5745
Des Moines: 515-657-SBDC (7232)

2829 Westown Parkway, Suite 220 West Des Moines, IA 50266

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About the Center

The Iowa SBDC’s International Trade Center was established in 2011 and advises and trains small businesses in all 99 Iowa counties in the area of export development. The center’s director collaborates with SBDC regional counselors all across the state to provide service, support, and trade-related information to export clients; identifies potential small business export opportunities; assists small businesses with compliance; delivers need-based training to targeted Iowa businesses, including seminars, workshops and webinars on exporting.

International Trade News and Articles

Exploring Exporting - June 6, 2014
International Speaker Brenda McGuire Receives EXPY® Award - April 10, 2014
FACT SHEET: President Obama to Sign Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses – Feb. 19, 2014
Northwest Iowa Development now offers FTZ - Dec. 24, 2013
Exports to foreign, U.S. markets top of mind to many - Nov. 22, 2013
Ex-Im Bank Partners with Iowa SBDC, Multiplies Access to Exporting Financing - Sept. 3, 2013


Workshop Calendar

In this webinar, Amy Harris and Jim McNulty with the Iowa Department of Revenue will co-present an overview of Iowa income and withholding tax credits for business.A facilitated Q&A will follow the presentation.  To register, please visit Iowa Department of RevenueTax credits covered in this session will include: Charitable tax credits Endow Iowa tax credit, school tuition organization tax credit, charitable conservation contribution tax credit, and the...
 Description: Find out about the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the US Munitions List. Understand how to be compliant when exporting military and munition items. Format/Presenter: Webinar/Office of Foreign Assets Control Fee:  FREE Directions to LogIn:
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100, Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309 (map)

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2829 Westown Parkway Suite 220, West Des Moines, I (map)
Guest speaker:  Curt Hanson of Trade Acceptance Group.  This session will cover how to be competitive in the global market while mitigating financial risk through the use of the various finance tools. This is good for all experience levels.  Register for attending this training IN Person by contacting Debbie Franklin at: or 515.509.5745 Fee:  $20 Payment by Check or Cash will be taken at the door.  No Shows will be invoiced...
Guest speaker:  Curt Hanson of Trade Acceptance Group.  This session will cover how to be competitive in the global market while mitigating financial risk through the use of the various finance tools. This is good for all experience levels. Click here to Register and pay to attend this ONLINE Webinar HERE. Fee:  $20 Two days before the event you will receive the link with the handouts.
Hotel Julian, 200 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001 (map)
Join ITI Eastern Iowa board members in a complimentary social gathering to learn how ITI can help you grow your global business. Hear about our recent programs and our coming calendar of events. Network with other companies! Hear about available resources! Learn the benefits of ITI membership! Fee:  Complimentary Registration: Questions, contact:  Melissa at 319-743-7180
Don't let cross-border payments complicate your international bottom line. Join us to learn about cross-border payments, how they work and what you can do to minimize the impact of currency rate fluctuations that can eat into your profits. Topics Include: The basics of the foreign exchange market; Understanding the risks you accept in a cross-border payment (payable or receivable); How to protect your profits; Alternatives. Speaker: John Min, PhD, US Chief Economist, World First USA ...
Boone, IA (map)

A variety of topics will be discussed in mini seminars throughout the trade show.

Description: Description: Easily manage your export reporting through AESDirect shipment manager. Learn how to utilize the features in AESDirect to view and track  shipments, which can assist you with internal audits. Format/Presenter: Webinar/U.S. Census Bureau Fee:  FREE Directions to LogIn:
Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Avenue, De (map)
46th Annual Midwest U.S. - Japan Association Conference "Building a Robust and Sustainable Future" The conference brings together leaders of industry and government to advance our region's relationship with Japan.The state of Iowa is proud to host participants from Japan and the Midwest for this important forum that will focus on trade and investment.   Conference Registration:   Conference Agenda Detailed conference highlights can be found here...
Iowa Farm Bureau, Auditorium, 5400 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266 (map)
Introduction to NAFTA & the 3 new Free Trade Agreements  (Korea, Colombia, Panama) October 8, 2014 Presented by Allocca Enterprises Inc. How many times have you shipped to Canada/Mexico and simply filled out a NAFTA certificate based on your customer’s instructions?Did you have any supporting documentation showing how you researched the rules of origin and obtained any manufactures affidavits proving your goods qualify for NAFTA? Have yo...
National Speaker (via webcast)  President Jimmy Carter  “Issues in U.S.-China Relations”  The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is pleased to announce the eighth  annual CHINA Town Hall, to take place on Thursday evening, October 16, 2014, in  collaboration with The Carter Center in Atlanta.     The program will open with a webcast, part of the Conversations at The Carter Center  speaker series, featuring President Jimmy Carter...
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA (map)

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Director's Corner

Iowa SBDC and Client presented at the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Trade Summit, Winnipeg on Nov. 21, 2013.  To read more, click 

IMPORTING Webinar SeriesFree Online Import Training! You can register at no cost to view any export training seminars of interest on this site.

US Census Bureau Webinar Series. 

Are you looking to expand into the global marketplace? Are you considering exporting? EXPORTING is a great way to increase your sales and competitiveness, especially since 95 percent of your potential consumers live outside of the United States. If you want to learn more, register at the links provided to learn what is necessary to expand into new markets and be a successful exporter. Registration is free! 

Archived Go Global Series.  

Webinars Scheduled for Future.

EXPORTING Webinars to view on your own schedule. Free online EXPORT Training! View any of these export training webinars at no cost.

1.  Are You Ready?    

2.  Market Intelligence

3.  More Market Intelligence

4.  Costing and Pricing

5.  Approaching the Market

6.  Tradeshows

7.  Incoterms

8.  Payment Terms

9.  SBA Financing

10.  Website Globalization

11.  Risk Management

12.  Proforma Invoices

EXPORT Training Videos.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) has videos available to assist small- and medium-sized companies with exporting, including:

U.S. Department of State: Direct Line Upcoming Events.  Register for a phone conference to learn more about doing business in other countries. Subscribe directly to updates click here to registering.

U.S. Department of Commerce: Bureau of Industry and Security.  Compliance Topics and Archived Webinars
High Level International Trade Compliance - Archived webinars

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) TRADE MISSIONS

CE Marking:  What is it?

CCC - China Compulsory Certificate

Familiarizing Yourself and DOING BUSINESS IN (no charge videos produced by US Department of Commerce):

 Brazil,  Colombia,  Poland, RussiaSouth Korea, Turkey 


IC-DISC 5 min video snapshot of the tool.  Note:  Tax Rates have changed since video was produced.

IC-DISC 31 minute video explanation

IC-DISC   -   Not just for manufacturers!  

IRS Instructions for Form 1120-IC-DISC

IRS IC-DISC Audit Guide

IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap