Iowa Small Business Development Center International Trade Resources

How We Can Help

The Iowa SBDC is available to advise and train small businesses in all 99 Iowa counties in the area of export development. Services and resources that are available include counseling, support, and trade-related information; help identify potential small business export opportunities; and assist small businesses with compliance.

For more information please contact:

Iowa Small Business Development Centers 
2321 North Loop Dr., Ste, 202 
Ames, IA 50010 

Workshop Calendar

Facebook is the largest social media network in the world and is an excellent marketing platform for small business. Learn how to set up a Facebook business page, generate “likes,” utilize analytical tools, and engage customers. Wednesday, April 8 11:30 am - 1:00 pm FREE! (including lunch) Limited to 30 people Register today! 712-325-3376
311 Bank St, Webster City, IA (map)
A one-time comprehensive workshop covering the essentials of starting a small business. You will learn:The basics of what you need to do to start doing businessHow to write a business planHow to conduct market research for feasibility and business planningSmall business legal basicsAbout many resources and websites, and bring home your own small business guide binderincluding business plan and marketing templatesThis class will be held at Hamilton County Extension Office, 311 Bank St, Webster Ci...
LinkedIn is essential for making connections, hiring skilled employees, and promoting your business. Learn how to set up a profile, join groups, manage connections, locate jobs, and effectively market your company.

Wednesday, May 20
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

FREE! (including lunch)
Limited to 30 people

Register today!

See all center events.

Director's Corner

 Doing Business in Nigeria Free Webinar - Nov. 21 starting at 10:00 a.m. For more information, click HERE.

Nigeria Export Seminar - Nov. 10, 2014 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. Free to the public. For more info, click HERE.

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

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 register.

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