Illinois Online Global Program: Go Global with website localization 

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Illinois exporters, this webinar is dedicated to you!

Join the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment, the Small Business Development Centers and IBT Online for a webinar dedicated to SMEs who want to succeed in the online environment. We want to help you go global, using the #1 sales and marketing tool available: your website. Learn how to make it easy for your international target audiences to find you and become your clients through website localization and international online marketing. Information about Illinois’s top export destinations, financial assistance available and case studies will all be covered in this free webinar. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn how to grow your exports, sales, brand, and business online globally.

Insights and opportunities:
Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) providing financial assistance to support exporters
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) working together to help companies expand globally
Why exporters need good websites
Website localization - what is it and how do I use it?
Country specific search engine optimization
Online international marketing - accessing social media globally
Illinois Online Global Program
From single sites to multiple websites
Case studies - how Illinois companies are using the web today
Next steps for you

Polls and surveys: 
Attendee participation and feedback. 

The presentation, polls, survey and lots more to grow your exports and business internationally.

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Meet the experts:


Margo Markopoulos
Director, Office of Trade and Investment at Illinois Department of Commerce

Margo works for the Illinois Department of Commerce which is the state agency that leads economic development efforts for Illinois. The Department is organized into offices that are laser focused on economic growth for the State of Illinois: Business Development; Community Development; Employment & Training.


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Jim Foley
Director, Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University & Illinois SBDC International Trade Center

Jim manages a program of counseling and training in international business planning, marketing, logistics and export finance at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center. The Centers are a joint venture between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. His mission is to promote international trade and assist companies with trade-related expansion and training.


Susanna Hardy
Director Client Services, IBT Online

Susanna heads up global operations focusing on helping companies use the internet and the IBT Online Global range of services to develop their businesses internationally. Susanna brings her expertise in international business development and marketing to the IBT Online team and has worked with a wide spectrum of companies to reach, develop and succeed in export markets. Susanna has spent her career developing international businesses for companies. 


 The State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment and Illinois SBDC International Trade Center

The State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) and the Illinois SBDC International Trade Network are pleased to announce a new program developed in partnership with IBT Online to help Illinois exporters.


The Illinois Online Global Program:

Website localization and international online marketing to help Illinois companies grow their sales, brands and businesses online globally.  

IBT Online 

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IBT Online provides website localization and international online marketing services to help companies grow their sales, brands and businesses online globally. We are proud to serve Illinois exporters through the Illinois Online Global Program to help them expand their online presence and boost their international business.