The IBD regularly hosts training on a broad array of trade-related issues. IBD educational activities range from hour long webinars on focused topics to comprehensive cohort-based programs, including preparation courses for the Certified Global Business Professional examination. To learn more about current training opportunities, visit the Virginia SBDC Training page.
The Virginia SBDC IBD team provides business leaders with confidential advice and guidance to help develop and grow export sales. Our free advising services are built around four domains of knowledge essential for any business expansion overseas.
- Global Business Management: Evaluate export readiness for “new-to-export” companies, develop strategies and tactics for exporting.
- Global Marketing: Identify potential export markets and customer segments, work with our partners in the U.S. Commercial Service and VEDP to identify potential export sales representatives in foreign markets.
- Supply Chain Management: Offer insights into outbound logistics, including freight forwarding, research and evaluate supply chain options.
- Trade Finance: Provide technical assistance with SBA and Ex-Im Bank finance options, share referrals to a range of lenders and financing providers.
George Mason University is recognized as a Carnegie Tier I research university, a designation reserved for premier institutions of higher education. Established Virginia companies looking to expand globally can tap into the diverse array of human capital at the university by requesting research tailored to their needs. The IBD team and its student researchers can provide actionable intelligence on market conditions, applicable regulations, logistical concerns, and a host of other issues.
Join the Global eCommerce Accelerator Program and fast-track your expansion into new international markets. Working with our eCommerce advisor during online workshops, you will build your eCommerce internationalization roadmap, complete with valuable resources and clear next actions to achieve your online goals.
Track your progress entirely online on a unique platform combining training content, quizzes, interactive tools, and resources.
To learn more, contact Aaron Miller: [email protected].
The IBD Team
The International Business Development Program offers multiple trainings throughout the year.
World Trade Month Celebration Webinar- May 17
Join the International Business Development Program and the U.S. Small Business Administration for a celebration of World Trade Month!
May 17 | SBA Grants, Counseling, and Financing to Facilitate Global Market Sales
1:00 - 2:00 PM EST | Register Here
As we emerge from a global pandemic, demand for U.S. products and services is on the rise. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has resources that can help you take advantage of these opportunities.
This webinar will feature three successful small business exporters that have utilized Small Business Development Center (SBDC) counseling and SBA export promotion resources to grow global sales.
Whether you are new to export or currently exporting and looking to grow your sales, this webinar is for you!
There is no cost for the webinar, but advance registration is required.
- Be inspired by successful exporters who have effectively tapped SBA resources for increasing global sales
- Learn about grant funds and financing options to support global expansion
- Gain insight on available export promotion counseling and other resources to help you achieve success in the global marketplace
The Virginia SBDC and its partners have created a number of resources that address topics relevant to current or potential exporters alike.
NASBITE Trade Passport
The Trade Passport website is a resource aimed at providing on-demand training, local resources, and rapid expert assistance to USA-based small-medium-sized businesses that are focused on international trade as a pathway to business growth.
The Virginia SBDC has partnered with NASBITE to make the Trade Passport resources available to our clients.
Our clients and/or partners can watch up to 20 videos at no cost, then pay $149 for an annual access.
The Trade Passport training are excellent primers for people to utilize if they are not already in business or if they want a tutorial on a challenging topic
U.S. Commercial Services Resources
International Trade Administration Resources
Russia Sanctions and Technology Controls Advice for Clients
Guidance from the America's SBDC International Trade interest section.
The Virginia SBDC is proud to have assisted numerous companies establish or grow their export program
The Virginia SBDC Network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and George Mason University-Mason Enterprise Center. The IBD program is grateful for the additional support provided by its partner organizations.