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The SBTDC's International Business Development (IBD) team assists small and midsize businesses with export planning and global business matters. The goal is to increase the number of businesses that are exporting and to assist existing exporters with increasing their foreign market sales.

The SBTDC's counselors are highly experienced Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP). The SBTDC serves as the official EXIM Bank Regional Export Promotion Program and NASBITE Accredited Training Program. The SBTDC's IBD Program has received the President's E-Award and E-Star Award.



IBD Director


(919) 600-6097


IBD Counselor


(336) 750-8437


IBD Counselor


(704) 687-0442


IBD Counselor


(910) 962-0592


IBD Counselor


(919) 515-6041

About NASBITE International's Trade Passport Website

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The NASBITE International Trade Passport website offers on-demand training, local resources, and rapid expert assistance to USA-based small and mid-sized businesses that are focused on international trade as a pathway to business growth. New users can sign up for a free account that provides access to 20 on-demand webinars, live webinars, expert assistance and more.

Check out the latest training topics delivered by industry leading experts:

Product Adaptation


Ensuring your product is a great match for the needs of local customers and compliant with local regulations is imperative to your success in global markets. This webinar helps you identify the key issues to resolve before taking your product to any market.

Why this matters to your business: 

In this session, you will learn how:

  • Research shows product adaptation as a large factor in export success
  • To ensure your product is the best possible match for the target market, which will help avoid customs clearance issues and guarantee customer satisfaction

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Exporting in the Digital Age


This webinar describes how to build your brand and grow sales by making the internet work for you globally. Learn more about effective online business development tools that can help your company get found, be understood, and do business internationally.

Why this matters to your business:

This webinar will review how:

  • 94% of B2B purchases are researched before contacting a sales representative or distributor
  • 81% of B2C purchases are researched before buying
  • Online tools can be key to helping your business generate new export sales
  • Online tools can help your business diversify its customer base
  • Global growth in social media creates new opportunities for most businesses

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Risk with International Travel & Expatriate Activities


International travel and global mobility are essential to the continued success and growth of many organizations. It is important to implement such programs carefully and as efficiently as possible to achieve the desired business outcomes and the return on investment (ROI) that will constitute success. This webinar focuses on important considerations to help you avoid expensive delays, costly mishaps, and recovery expenses that emerge when employee-related considerations are overlooked.

Why this matters to your business: 

Failed international assignments are expensive, especially for small and mid-sized organizations. A recent survey demonstrated the importance of addressing traveler and expatriate concerns to increase the likelihood of achieving business objectives for international assignments. They found:

  • 87% of all respondents indicated that having a Duty of Care program results in happier assignees
  • 72% of respondents indicated that having a Duty of Care program in place has significant or very significant impact on reducing the likelihood of international assignment failure
  • 66% of respondents indicated concerns about security in foreign countries as having a significant or very significant impact on assignee performance
  • More than 60% of respondents suggested that a strong Duty of Care program increases international assignment acceptance rates by at least 50%

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Economic and Political Risk When Doing Business Abroad


It is vital to understand the different types of country risks and learn how to differentiate between different economic and political risks before considering engaging in international business.

Why this matters to your business:

This webinar will emphasize how important it is to understand the types of risks and how to manage those risks before engaging in international business.

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Earn CEUs on Trade Passport

NASBITE International Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) are required to submit 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per year to satisfy their annual credential re-certification. Many of the webinars available via the Trade Passport website offer CEU credit. Details of all training and dates on the Trade Passport website are captured for registered users under User Stats in the main menu and can be submitted to NASBITE International via the NASBITE website


Contact your local SBTDC International Business Development Counselor or visit the Trade Passport website for more information.



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