Exporting offers great potential for companies, but the process of getting started can be difficult to navigate. Here you will find answers to some of the most common questions about exporting.

Our 2016 Grant Program invited small and medium-sized companies located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties to apply through May 27, 2016. The single-round 2016 Grant Program awarded up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in the seven-county region to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan. While applications for our 2016 Grant Program have closed, both existing exporters and new-to-export companies are invited to complete the Metro Chicago Exports Client Assessment form so we can determine how best to support your organization with maximizing its exporting potential. For more information about the 2016 Grant Program, visit our Grant Program page.

Our Export Roadmap will take you step-by-step through the export process. Not only will it connect you with organizations that can offer support, it will provide you with templates and recommendations that will help maximize your exporting potential.

We encourage you to check out our Resources page to learn more about the organizations and businesses that help companies like yours export to dozens of international markets.