Duquesne Small Business Development Center

Helping businesses start,

grow and prosper

The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no-cost, confidential consulting services and training workshops for small businesses and those who are thinking of starting a business in southwestern Pennsylvania. 
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Our primary offices are located at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.


Duquesne University

Small Business Development Center

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103


Phone: (412) 396-1633

Fax: (412) 396-5884

Email: duqsbdc@duq.edu

Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 4:30 PM


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Global Business Program
Areas of Assistace

International Business Consulting


The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center has over 20 years experience helping companies access international markets. The Global Business Program provides "entry-to-export" assistance to manufacturing and high-technology companies by providing market consulting and exporting workshops.


Did you know that in the last 35 years the U.S. exports increaced ten-fold from $224 billion to more than $2.3 trillion.  Click Here to see more Exporting Statistics


Export Consulting

Am I ready to export my product? What do I need to consider?


Sample export plan (Microsoft Word)


SBDC’s New Partnership Adds Tools to Global Business Program



International Business Training

Several workshops are offered throughout the year for companies interested in growing their export sales and entering new markets


Export Basics- This is a program for new and prospective exporters, covering the essential elements of international business. Through this half-day seminar, the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will acquaint western Pennsylvania companies with the mechanics and procedures necessary to develop effective and profitable overseas trade.

Internatinal Documentation Training - This program will help you understand when and how you should be completing certain international documents listed below.  We will go through each document, step by step, and you will know where to go and what to look for in your own documents to be able to complete them accurately and know when they are required. Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily to shipment delays, customs audits and demurrage charges because there is incomplete or inaccurate documentation for the shipment. Why not learn what documents you should complete and how to do so accurately so you can keep your customers, distributors and company ahead of schedule?


  • Understand how to correctly fill out: Commercial invoices, Packing Lists, Bills of Lading, EEI’s, Certificates of Origin, Dock receipts.
  • Shippers Export Declaration- (SED) - Understanding every field of the fewer and how you are required to complete it correctly. (Even though we must submit them electronically (EEI), companies still use the SED to give to their forwarder).
  • How to minimize delays in customs by having all of the information the first time.
  • Why you should be using a DCS Statement on all of your invoices both domestic & international.
  • Understanding which countries still require a wood certificate.
  • What does legalization of documents mean and for which countries is this required.
  • Pre-Shipment Inspection’s – Who requires them and how should they be done?
  • NAFTA Certificates of Origin – Common errors, when you should/ shouldn’t fill one out.


Doing Business Overseas (Series Seminars) -

The 3-hour seminar will cover a description of the country and will present up-to-date information on the business, political and economic conditions.


The overseas country seminar is for those manufacturing, technology and service companies who have an interest in understanding the nuances of doing business with overseas countries, the cultural, legal, shipping, and payment options in addition to in-country assistance for when the Pittsburgh company goes there to do business.


If possible, we include a foreign national representing their country as a panelist. This way we get a local perspective on what is happening over there.


CE Marking


  • Are you unsure of the regulatory requirements that affect your product?
  • Do you market products that must bear CE marking, but are unsure of how to go about meeting these requirements?
  • Are you already selling or marketing your products in a CE marking country, but were unaware of CE marking?
  • If you answered yes to any of these questions, CITRA can help!

If you answered yes to any of these questions, CITRA can help!



Frequently Asked Export Questions and Answers