In order to get into the import/export game, you need the international connections, tools, and information to make it happen. is a powerful and free online trade platform that will link the 750,000+ clients of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, and Belize with international trade opportunities. Direct access and connections to the clients of the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE) Network is also made possible for SBDC Clients through Whether you are a start-up company or an experienced global trader, can help you:

  • Increase Sales: allows small businesses to promote their products to international customers and open new markets;
  • Lower Costs: prequalified trade leads will help small businesses efficiently locate new buyers and suppliers, reduce travel costs and save time;
  • Reduce Risk: one-on-one and free assistance from experienced SBDC counselors will give small businesses the information and guidance that will help them lower international trade risks and make better decisions;
  • Build Trade Expertise: will provide small businesses with the knowledge, tools and contacts that will increase their confidence in entering new markets and in negotiating with new suppliers and buyers;

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UTSA Center for Global Development
UTSA Downtown Campus,
501 West César E. Chávez Blvd. #3.314
San Antonio, Texas, 78207-4415
United States

Telephone: 1.210.458.2470
Fax: 1.210.458.2491
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Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Focus is the only international trade platform created by SBDCs, for SBDC counselors and clients.  Only the small business clients, counselors and partners of the 1,200+ centers of the SBDC networks in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, and Belize will be able to utilize the powerful features of SBDCGlobal. The SBDC network is the largest and most successful small business assistance network in the world that has a 30-year track record of helping clients increase sales and lower costs.

The Ability to Uncover New Business Opportunities

The SBDC networks in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, and Belize have over 750,000+ small business clients that are located in almost every community in their respective countries. Add the growing SBDC networks in other Latin American countries and you have one of the largest small business networks in the world. This network will help users uncover new business opportunities in cities and rural communities that have previously not been connected to the global marketplace.

Pre-Qualified Business Leads that Lowers Risk

On, only SBDC clients can post buy requests or sell offers.  As an added value, SBDC counselors on both sides of a transaction are notified of their clients’ buy or sell negotiations in order to provide assistance if needed and to help their clients successfully complete their trade transaction.

One-on-one SBDC Counseling Assistance is the Key!

Finding the right international buyers/suppliers is only the first step in trade. What small businesses also need is the information, guidance and tools that will help them find buyers/suppliers to structure the best deal possible. To assist in this area, has a powerful Project Management tool that will integrate free SBDC counseling services with the small businesses’ trade project.  SBDC counselors will be able to collaborate with their small business clients in researching important information, participating in online training modules and in assigning project tasks.

Cutting Edge Trade Information provides SBDC counselors and clients with cutting-edge resources regarding domestic business and international trade.  This information is free of charge and can be useful for business planning projects and to increase global sales for SBDC clients.

Completely Free and Confidential is free for all SBDC counselors, clients and partners.  As with all SBDC counseling services, also takes small business client confidentiality very seriously and utilizes state-of-the-art encryption and security measures to protect all site information.

Super AdministratorSuper Administrator:

This is the user that manages the implementation and maintenance of the site in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, and Belize.  In addition, this user directly manages the registration of Country Administrators on and ensures that all user levels are able to access the site.

Administrator of CountryCountry Administrators:

There are currently four Country Administrators who ensure that the site functions correctly for their specific country.  These Country Administrators directly manage the registration of SBDC Centers and Center Administrators.

Center AdministratorCenter Administrators:

The Center Administrators are the users who update the localized content of their SBDC Center on the site.  This content includes their SBDC Center contact information and events.  In addition, these users manage the registration of SBDC Counselors and Clients.


The Counselors are the users who work directly with the Clients that register on the site.  Counselors assist Clients in completing projects, creating buy or sell requests, and engaging in negotiations.  Counselors also have access to resources available on


Clients are the direct users of the site who can participate in projects with their Counselors, posts buy or sell requests, engage in negotiations with other SBDC clients, and promote their company.  Through these functions, Clients can engage in international business commerce. is managed through the International Trade Center Small Business Development Center (SBDC) that is part of the South-West Texas Border Region SBDC and is hosted at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development.

The International Trade Center is one of the largest and the most successful trade assistance organization in the State of Texas.  Established in 1992, it provides businesses with high-value trade consulting services, cutting-edge market research and innovative training programs that deliver results.

Providing value and delivering real-world results for clients and partners is what drives the International Trade Center. It has a proven track record of delivering the technical know-how and support that has helped hundreds of Texas companies enter new markets, create more efficient supply chains and become more globally competitive. In 2013, we helped our clients generate over $439 million in global sales, create 1,082 new jobs and expand into hundreds of new markets.

The funding for the development of was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Higher Education Development (HED), the South-West Texas Border Region SBDC and the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development.