Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
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320 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

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Presented by the Illinois SBDC ITC at ICNC

NAFTA: How the North American Free Trade Agreement Benefits Small Businesses 

Canada and Mexico are our largest trading partners. Both countries are great to start marketing and selling US-made products and make your first steps into going global. Many companies already ship to and from Canada and Mexico, but run into a variety of problems. Our session will help you analyze and streamline the import / export process for Canada and Mexico.

This workshop will help you learn: 

  • NAFTA - brief history and an update on current events
  • NAFTA Certificate - how to use it
- What is the purpose
- What are you actually certifying
- Who completes the form
- How do you qualify a product if it is NAFTA compliant
- Annual form or single use
  • Ins and outs of shipping to and from Canada and Mexico


  • 9:00 - 9:30: Breakfast and networking 
  • 9:30 - 11:30: Presentation 
  • 11:30 - 12:00: Q&A 

We will provide breakfast. There is free parking on the street. 


No cost, but registration is encouraged. Sponsored by the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment.

Who should attend: 

New and current exporters. 

About the presenter:

Lisa Victoria Waller, VP, BDG International, Inc. Freight Forwarder, Customs Broker, & International Trade Consultant.

Lisa Victoria Waller is Vice President and co-owner of BDG International, Inc. located in Elgin (Chicago) Illinois. BDG International, Inc. (BDG) has been in business since 1983 and is an international freight forwarder, U.S. Customs Broker and Letter of Credit Specialist. BDG is a proud recipient of the President’s “E” Awards for Excellence in Exporting in 2013.  February 2016, Lisa is has been appointed to the Illinois District Export Council (DEC).