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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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Duquesne University

Small Business Development Center

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103


Phone: (412) 396-1633

Fax: (412) 396-5884


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


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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.


Export Planning


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


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.

Export Documentation - This course is designed around a text book dealing with every facet of the export process. The author of the textbook and highly rated speaker, Catherine E. Thornberry, will instruct the course.


  • Managing the Export Transaction
  • Quoting Export Orders
  • Implementing INCOTERMS
  • Working with the EXIM Bank
  • Export Insurance
  • Shipping and Packaging Issues
  • Using Letters of Credit and Sight Drafts
  • Complying with US Government Export Regulations

This practical and comprehensive 1 day course would require at least five different seminars to cover the same material!


Exporting firms can have confidence that their employees who complete the class will have the training and references required to process and export orders with speed and accuracy.


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