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LOCAL TRADE EVENTS:

The U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago, Peoria and Rockford organizes and supports conferences, seminars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade. Our goal is to help local U.S. exporters sell globally. A sampling of our events includes:

  • Executive briefings in our office with one of our visiting Commercial Service Officers from around the world.
  • Educational export seminars and online webinars.
  • Matchmaking and export counseling services at international trade shows overseas and the U.S.

By organizing trade missions and educational seminars; providing matching or export counseling services at trade shows; and recruiting buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows, the U.S. Government helps U.S. exporters expand global sales at trade events.

FEATURED EVENT:

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities, Chicago, November 1-3, 2016
Forum on the opportunities created by the development of Smart Cities around the world.  This event focuses on international opportunities for U.S. small- and medium-sized companies.  Participants will learn about: 1) global demand for the transportation, utility, and telecommunications infrastructure that lay the foundation for connected smart cities; 2) the ways in which technology and the Internet of Things are being deployed to foster innovation, efficiency, and improvements in standards of living in cities around the world; and, 3) the adoption of sustainable technologies and planning efforts. In addition to panels of industry experts, U.S. Commercial Service staff from Brazil, China, Canada, Colombia, Europe, India, Mexico, Vietnam and many more markets will be available for one-on-one appointments. The U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago and the Illinois District Export Council are partnering to host this forum at the Swissotel in downtown Chicago.  Who should attend? Company presidents, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, International sales and marketing executives, International business development executives, global logistics and trade compliance executives. Registration: $495.  For information and registration, see HERE. For registration questions, please contact Richard.Carpenter@trade.gov. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hovan.Asdourian@trade.gov.

EXPORT NEWS:

Smart Cities Export Report Now Available
The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration has released its “Smart Cities, Regions & Communities:  Export Opportunities” Report.  To download a copy, please see HERE.

LOCAL EVENTS:

November 1-3, 2016:  Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities - Chicago, IL
The U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago and the Illinois District Export Council are partnering to host this forum for U.S. companies on the opportunities created by the development of Smart Cities around the world. Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities will take place November 1-3, 2016 at the Swissôtel in Chicago. Participants will learn about: 1) demand for the transportation, utility, and telecommunications infrastructure that lay the foundation for connected smart cities; 2) the ways in which technology and the Internet of Things are being deployed to foster innovation, efficiency, and improvements in standards of living; and, 3) the adoption of sustainable technologies and planning efforts. In addition to panels of industry experts, U.S. Commercial Service staff from approximately 20 U.S. embassies around the world are expected. Registration Fee: $495. For information and registration, please see HERE. For registration questions, please contact Richard.Carpenter@trade.gov.  To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hovan.Asdourian@trade.gov.

WEBINARS:

October 5, 2016 @ 11:00am CDT: Success in the European Medical Device Market & MEDICA – Free Webinar
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, this webinar will provide you with information on regulatory issues you need to consider, a market overview and trends, details on logistics issues, and tips on how to make the world’s number one trade show, MEDICA, a success. 11:00 a.m. CDT. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, click HERE.

October 5, 2016 @ 12:00pm CDT: Central America Webinar Series: Costa Rica – Webinar
The U.S. Commercial Service will be organizing a Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in Costa Rica.  The United States is Costa Rica’s main trading partner, accounting for the about 40% of Costa Rica’s total imports.  In 2015, nearly 53% of Costa Rica’s Foreign Direct Investment totaling USD 2.85 billion came from the U.S.  This webinar will provide a market overview that will help to advance U.S. exports to Costa Rica.  Fee:  $35. To learn more and to register, click HERE.  Contact Jessica Gordon at Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov or (601) 373-0748; or Delia Valdivia at Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov or (310) 235-7203.

October 5, 2016 @ 1:00 pm CDT: Vietnam -Trans-Pacific Partnership Country Series - Free Webinar
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will provide many international trade opportunities within the Pacific Rim. As part of ITA’s FREE webinar series, learn about opportunities for U.S. companies to export to Vietnam. Since 1990, Vietnam’s per capita GDP growth has been among the fastest in the world, making it an ideal market for U.S. business. Register for this Webinar to learn about this emerging market and the opportunities that will come with TPP. Major industry sectors will be identified, along with information about the investment and business climate, and other aspects of exports to Vietnam under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and listen to the answers provided to other participants. For more information, contact Linda Abbruzzese at (202) 482-3783 or Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov. Register HERE.

October 5, 2016–January 11, 2017: Central America Webinar Series – $35 per company
The U.S. Commercial Service will also be organizing a Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in each Central American country.  Each webinar will provide a market overview and highlight one export topic that will help to advance U.S. exports to the Central America region.  To learn more and to register, click HERE.  Contact Jessica Gordon at Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov or (601) 373-0748; or Delia Valdivia at Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov or (310) 235-7203.

October 19, 2016 @ 12:00pm CDT: Central America Webinar Series: El Salvador – Webinar
The U.S. Commercial Service will be organizing a Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in El Salvador.  El Salvador is a steady and growing market for U.S. goods and services.  U.S. companies can take advantage of the CAFTA-DR free trade agreement to increase exports not only to El Salvador but to the rest of Central America. This webinar will provide a market overview that will help to advance U.S. exports to El Salvador.  Fee:  $35.  To learn more and to register, click HERE.  Contact Jessica Gordon at Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov or (601) 373-0748; or Delia Valdivia at Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov or (310) 235-7203.

November 3, 2016 @ 12:00pm CDT: Central America Webinar Series: Honduras – Webinar
The U.S. Commercial Service will be organizing a Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in Honduras.  The United States is the chief trading partner for Honduras, and U.S. exports totaled USD $5.2 billion in 2015.  More than 200 American companies are currently operation in Honduras, the second largest country in Central America.  This webinar will provide a market overview that will help to advance U.S. exports to Honduras.  Fee:  $35. To learn more and to register, click HERE.  Contact Jessica Gordon at Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov or (601) 373-0748; or Delia Valdivia at Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov or (310) 235-7203.

TRADE MISSIONS:

March 26-31, 2017: Trade Mission to Central America and Business Opportunities in Central America Conference
Central America is an expanding market for U.S. exports, with almost 46 million potential buyers.  This mission will connect U.S. companies with qualified potential buyers, agents, distributors or joint-venture partners during pre-arranged business-to-business matchmaking appointments.  The meetings will occur in Costa Rica and one other Central American country – Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize or Panama.  Industries of focus are: safety and security equipment, automotive parts and accessories, construction equipment and road building machinery, and renewable energy technologies.  The Opportunities in Central America Business Development Conference will offer similar one-on-one consultations with U.S. Foreign & Commercial Service (USFCS) Commercial Officers and/or U.S. Department of State Economic/Commercial Officers to gain information and discuss the strategies for entering or expanding their business across the Central America region. Registration Deadline: January 31, 2017. For more info on the mission, click HERE. For questions, contact Jessica Gordon at Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov. To complete the Trade Mission application, please click HERE. See also under the “Webinar” heading of this calendar, info on the related Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in each Central American country.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS:

November 10-15, 2016: U.S. Education Roadshow in Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai)
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service in conjunction with the 14th OCSC International Education Expo 2016, the largest international education fair in Thailand. The International Education Expo is hosted by the Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC), Office of the Prime Minister. This is an excellent opportunity for representatives of U.S. higher education institutions to explore the Thai education market, meet with potential local partners, and recruit Thai students to their respective academic programs.  Last year, we featured 51 U.S. institutions in the U.S. Education Pavilion.  This is the fourth consecutive year the Commercial Service in Bangkok has organized and promoted this Education Roadshow which consists of two cities, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai portions. The Bangkok portion has four primary components: An international high school visit, a breakfast briefing session, one-on-one agent matching session, and two-day exhibition fair. Chiang Mai portion consists of two student fairs, one is at an international high school and the other one is at a hotel for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Please see HERE for more details.  For more information, please contact Thanyathorn Voravongsatit (Nan), U.S. Commercial Service Thailand at tvoravon@trade.gov with cc to Debra.rogers@trade.gov.

November 14-18, 2016:  Financial Technology Business Delegation to Singapore
The U.S. Commercial Service, in partnership with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), invites you to take part in the inaugural Singapore FinTech Festival as part of the official U.S. FinTech Business Delegation. The event will take place from November 15-18, 2016, and will provide a platform for U.S. FinTech companies to meet with potential partners, hear from ASEAN regulators and participate in the #1 FinTech Conference in the region. As a U.S. Commercial Service Delegate, you will receive: ASEAN country briefings, one-on-one matchmaking meetings, networking receptions, site visits to accelerators, briefings by MAS and startup facilitator IE SPRING, and three-day access to the MAS FinTech Festival Conference & RegTech Forum.  The cost of the trade mission is: USD$1,000 for small-to-mid sized companies (less than 500 people), USD $1,500 for large companies (more than 500 people).  Expenses for travel, lodging, meals and incidentals will be the responsibility of each delegate.  More information can be found HERE.  For questions, please contact Ms. CHIA Swee Hoon at Sweehoon.Chia@trade.gov or Regional Commercial Officer – ASEAN, Mr. Ryan Hollowell at Ryan.Hollowell@trade.gov.

April 27-29, 2017: Costa Rica Community College Education Fair
The U.S. Commercial Service and Education USA Costa Rica would like to invite U.S. Community Colleges to participate in the second edition of the Community College Education Fair.

The fair will include:

  • Three visits to the high schools (students expected 600).
  • One afternoon will be dedicated to government meetings and the formal education sessions with counselors.
  • An Open Education Fair with students and parents that will take place on Saturday.
  • Optional cultural event.
  • Transportation services from and to the airport.
  • Some meals are included.

**Please note: This fair is specifically targeted at Community Colleges/Colleges with annual tuition fee lower than $15,000.  Cost: $1950 (Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will also be the responsibility of each tour participant). Registration deadline:  November 30, 2016.  For additional information, contact Stephanie Heckel Stephanie.Heckel@trade.gov with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

PARTNERS’ EVENT CALENDARS:

Visit our partners' event calendars for additional international trade and policy-related events:

Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing https://www.illinoismanufacturing.org/upcoming-events/
Chicago Council on Global Affairs https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events
Chicagoland Chamber - https://www.chicagolandchamber.org/Events.aspx
International Trade Association of Greater Chicago http://calendar.itagc.org/
International Trade Club of Chicago http://www.itcc.org/events



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