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 
515-294-2030

Workshop Calendar

Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
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:  www.midwest-japan.org.   Conference Agenda Detailed conference highlights can be found here...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
This FREE 2-hour workshop will help you analyze your business idea and cover what you need to know to launch your business. You will learn how important a business plan is and the steps to create it, how to conduct market research, prepare for a bank loan, legally organize your business, record keeping and taxes, marketing ideas, and what financing options are available. Registration is required. All materials are provided. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
Attention business owners: Think you can do it all? Grow your business just by working harder? Are you ready to hire an employee but not sure how to go about the process, or if it is the right move for the business? You will learn through this workshop how to hire an employee; decide what role to fill, calculate how much you can afford, understand employment tax law, find the right person,interviewing do’s and don’t’s,  and become the best boss possible. Workshop will incl...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
In this course, you’ll be introduced to a variety of payroll service options within QuickBooks, learn to work with the payroll item list, set-up payroll compensation codes, new and existing employee files, enter timesheet data, create employee paychecks, pay payroll tax liabilities, prepare both federal and state payroll tax reports, and enter manual paychecks.Course prerequisite is to be familiar with QuickBooks navigation.Seating is limited. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
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. http://www.alloccaenterprises.com/ 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...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
This workshop addresses the entire range of issues facing any business owner or manager, from planning, strategies, leadership and marketing, to money management, technology, operations and more! If you are looking for new strategies for growing your business and attracting customers as well as gaining new insight on how to run and grow a business, this workshop is for you! Book and materials included. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
ISU Extension & Outreach, 414 N Main St, Donnellso (map)
In this course, discover the basic components necessary for a winning business plan. Areas covered include the executive summary, market research, marketing plan, operating plan, management, organization and ownership. You will work on cash flow projections and projected financial statements. You will have the opportunity to write the plan in class, with a business plan template provided to you. Students should have computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel. Workbook and flash drive with t...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
This workshop addresses the entire range of issues facing any business owner or manager, from planning, strategies, leadership and marketing, to money management, technology, operations and more! If you are looking for new strategies for growing your business and attracting customers as well as gaining new insight on how to run and grow a business, this workshop is for you! Book and materials included. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
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...
ISU Extension & Outreach, 414 N Main St, Donnellso (map)
In this course, discover the basic components necessary for a winning business plan. Areas covered include the executive summary, market research, marketing plan, operating plan, management, organization and ownership. You will work on cash flow projections and projected financial statements. You will have the opportunity to write the plan in class, with a business plan template provided to you. Students should have computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel. Workbook and flash drive with t...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
In this course, you’ll be introduced to a variety of payroll service options within QuickBooks, learn to work with the payroll item list, set-up payroll compensation codes, new and existing employee files, enter timesheet data, create employee paychecks, pay payroll tax liabilities, prepare both federal and state payroll tax reports, and enter manual paychecks.Course prerequisite is to be familiar with QuickBooks navigation.Seating is limited. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
This workshop addresses the entire range of issues facing any business owner or manager, from planning, strategies, leadership and marketing, to money management, technology, operations and more! If you are looking for new strategies for growing your business and attracting customers as well as gaining new insight on how to run and grow a business, this workshop is for you! Book and materials included. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
ISU Extension & Outreach, 414 N Main St, Donnellso (map)
In this course, discover the basic components necessary for a winning business plan. Areas covered include the executive summary, market research, marketing plan, operating plan, management, organization and ownership. You will work on cash flow projections and projected financial statements. You will have the opportunity to write the plan in class, with a business plan template provided to you. Students should have computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel. Workbook and flash drive with t...
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA (map)

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Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
ISU Extension & Outreach, 414 N Main St, Donnellso (map)
In this course, discover the basic components necessary for a winning business plan. Areas covered include the executive summary, market research, marketing plan, operating plan, management, organization and ownership. You will work on cash flow projections and projected financial statements. You will have the opportunity to write the plan in class, with a business plan template provided to you. Students should have computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel. Workbook and flash drive with t...
Southeastern Community College Keokuk (map)
This FREE 2-hour workshop will help you analyze your business idea and cover what you need to know to launch your business. You will learn how important a business plan is and the steps to create it, how to conduct market research, prepare for a bank loan, legally organize your business, record keeping and taxes, marketing ideas, and what financing options are available. Registration is required. All materials are provided. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
If you are a new user of QuickBooks Pro®, this hands-on training seminar is for you! Learn how to set up a company, customer and vendor files, and chart of accounts. Learn how to manage money coming in and money going out including sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses. You’ll also learn how to reconcile accounts, and use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends. All materials are included. Basic computer knowledge is required. Fee. ...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
This IRS workshop is designed to help the business owner better understand and follow the tax law to minimize the amount of taxes they pay and to avoid tax penalties. Learn what business expenses are allowable and which expenses have limits, claiming the business use of your home for home based businesses, what records to keep and ways to reduce your chances of being audited. Participants will receive all materials and are encouraged to bring specific questions. Please register with Barb Blow at...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
If you are a new user of QuickBooks Pro®, this hands-on training seminar is for you! Learn how to set up a company, customer and vendor files, and chart of accounts. Learn how to manage money coming in and money going out including sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses. You’ll also learn how to reconcile accounts, and use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends. All materials are included. Basic computer knowledge is required. Fee. ...

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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 
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 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 


INTERNATIONAL TAX STRATEGY for EXPORTERS

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