Export and International Trade Assistance


If you are interested in expanding globally, the Center can help you. We have a Pathways to Africa Initiative which purpose is to promote American Companies doing business in Africa. The center supports of the White House Doing Business in Africa Initiative. The MBDA Business Center - Chicago is an approved Ex-Im Bank Originating Global Credit Express Pilot Loan Program.

The Opportunity

• U.S. trade to and from Africa has tripled over the past decade and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa now top $21 billion. 

• Africa is home to six of the ten fastest-growing countries in the world. 

• The International Monetary Fund projects sub-Saharan Africa to grow between 5 and 6 percent each year over the next two years. 

The ChicagoMSDC and Chicago MBDA Business Center have a history of reaching out and working in developing business in Africa. The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) has an affiliate in South Africa, which we will utilize to increase and promote minority business enterprises (MBEs) to do more business in Africa. Countries to be targeted include but are not limited to: 

• Sub Saharan Africa 

• Gabon 

• South Africa 

• Zambia 

• Ethiopia 

• Nigeria 

The Campaign: 

The Doing Business in Africa Campaign will harness federal trade promotion and financing capabilities to help U.S. businesses both identify and seize upon trade and investment opportunities, furthering the United States’ commercial relationship with Africa.