Laurel Delaney

  • Founder and president of Global Trade Source, Ltd.
  • Author of three books on exporting
  • Honored as SBA's Illinois Exporter of the Year
  • Adjunct professor at Loyola University


Laurel Delaney is a former writer for The Balance and contributed 88 articles in nearly six years. She serves as president of Global Trade Source, Ltd., which she founded in 1985. She is a board member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and a member of the International Council for Small Business. She serves as the Chicago chapter chair for the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Delaney also has served as an adjunct professor of M.B.A. International Marketing at Loyola University Chicago.

Awards & Publications

Delaney was named Illinois Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

She has written three books:

  • "Start and Run a Profitable Exporting Business," published in 1998
  • "Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably, published in 2013
  • "Exporting Essentials: Selling Products and Services to the World Successfully, published in 2014


Delaney holds a Master of Business Administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.​

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