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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:

Import Operations and Compliance

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Imports into the U.S. continue to grow, even with the economic slowdown. U.S. Customs and Border Protection have increased their enforcement of import regulations. Are you fully compliant with these regulations and are you managing your imports to insure the lowest possible landed cost? Learn about the latest changes in import regulations, how to work with your suppliers to ensure proper documentation, and gain an understanding of concerns such as proper classification, marking requirements, valuation, assists, and more.

Why this matters to your business: 

Research shows that importers who do not act in a proactive manner regarding import operations and compliance risk:

  • Significant delays
  • Penalties
  • Increased landed costs
  • Higher transactional costs

Learn more >>

Shipping Insurance

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This webinar will provide insights on the dangers and risks involved in shipping goods internationally along with the details of various options for shipping insurance that can be purchased to protect your business against unforeseen losses.

Why this matters to your business:

Insurance is important in international business because when you ship expensive cargo between two countries, many shipping-related activities are out of your control. It is vital that you understand how you can be covered (and compensated) in the event of a loss.

Learn more >>

Export Pricing / Calculating Landed Cost

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Understanding total landed cost is an important step in developing a profitable and consistent pricing strategy for export success.

Why this matters to your business: 

Export success depends in part on an appropriate pricing strategy in each target market. An exporter should understand the landed cost in order to determine its price competitiveness in various markets. You will learn how to:

  • Work closely with freight forwarders to reduce transportation costs
  • Avoid liability for foreign duties and taxes by not using the DDP Incoterms® Rule

Learn more >>

Developing and Managing an International Marketing Budget

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Developing and managing an international marketing budget is different from a marketing budget for domestic businesses in a few key areas. Learn about the areas that require more attention and how to address them.

Why this matters to your business:

Very few businesses, especially small-to-medium businesses, maintain a marketing budget that considers international factors such as these:

  • Multiple line items that are typically more pronounced than domestic
  • Intermediaries that are less common than domestic

Learn more >>

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.



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