International Exports from the Rockford Region grew 5 percent to  $1.3 Billion in 2010.

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Global Partner Search


The RAEDC Global Partner Search (GPS) Program is an international matchmaking program connecting Rockford region companies to global markets with minimal risk and invesment.
The program also serves to connect foreign companies to trade and expansion opportunities in the Rockford region.

RAEDC Global Partner Search (GPS) Program

·         Connects Rockford region companies to international business development partners

·         Diversifies market share and supply chain, enhances innovation and creates sustainable long term growth for Rockford region companies

·         Increases opportunities for foreign direct investment in the Rockford region


How does it work

·         You send completed “GPS Survey” (see below forms) to

·         RAEDC presents your goals to trade representatives of country of interest

·         Trade representatives present you with potential partners meeting stated needs

·         You review potential partners, and select partners of interest

·         RAEDC and trade representatives introduce you to your partners of interest

Why participate

·         Develop and diversify business

·         Define and focus your international goals

·         GPS program is low risk, minimal financial investment


Who should participate

·         Manufacturers

·         Manufacturing service providers

·         Professional service providers


Partnerships can take many forms, including

·         Distributors

·         Production partners

·         Marketing partners

·         Professional service partners

·         Joint-venture partners

·         Equity partners



GPS Survey - Complete the form appropriate for your situation (note for PC users - for best experience, use Internet Explorer or Chrome. If using Mozilla, right click link below and choose "save link as") :

·         Rockford region company - outbound

·         Foreign company - inbound

·         Swedish translated - inbound/outbound



Carrie Zethmayr, Director of International Trade, RAEDC


The IL SBDC International Trade Center of the Rockford Area is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Rock Valley College.