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.

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 http://www.trade.gov/markets/smartcities.pdf.

LOCAL EVENTS

November 1-3, 2016:  Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities - Chicago, IL
Early Bird Discount Expires Monday!  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. $395 until August 1; $495 after August 1.  For information and registration, please see http://1.usa.gov/1rbRQWI.  Direct registration link:  https://www.regonline.com/register/checkin.aspx?EventId=1825401&MethodId=0&EventSessionId=&startnewreg=1. For registration questions, please contact Richard.Carpenter@trade.gov To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hovan.Asdourian@trade.gov.

WEBINARS

August 10, 2016 @ 3:00pm CDT: Trans-Pacific Partnership Country Series: Canada and Mexico—Free Webinar
The onset of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to create growing markets and opportunities, for US companies, around the world, including our neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico! Listen to this International Trade Administration (ITA) hosted webinar to learn about the major goods and services exported to Canada and Mexico in the past and where the market and trends are projected to go as the TPP comes into full effect. This webinar is part of a larger web series dedicated to the emerging markets along the Pacific Rim. Register HERE for free. For questions please contact Linda Abbruzzese at Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov or 202-482-3787.

August 24, 2016  @ 3:00pm CDT: Japan: Trans-Pacific Partnership Country Series—Free Webinar
The onset of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to create growing markets and opportunities, for US companies, around the world, including Japan, a major economic hub in the Pacific Rim. Listen to this International Trade Administration (ITA) hosted webinar to learn about the major goods and services exported to Japan and where the market and trends are projected to go as the TPP comes into full effect. This webinar is part of a larger web series dedicated to the emerging markets along the Pacific Rim. Register HERE for free. For questions please contact Linda Abbruzzese at Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov or 202-482-3787.

September 7, 2016 @ 1 p.m. CDT: Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei: 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 Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. With economies that are rapidly growing, these countries are ideal markets 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.

September 21, 2016 @ 1 p.m. CDT: Australia and New Zealand: 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 Australia and New Zealand. With English as a primary language and two strong economies, Australia and New Zealand are great markets for U.S. companies. Register for this Webinar to learn about Australia and New Zealand’s leading world economies and 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 Australia and New Zealand 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 @ 1 p.m. 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 10-14, 2016: Sustainable Building and Construction Business Development Expedition to Mexico City—Free Webinar
Join the U.S. Commercial Service as we explore Sustainable Building & Construction opportunities in Mexico (Mexico city & optional stop in Guadalajara). In April 2014, President Pena Nieto announced a new National Infrastructure Plan for Mexico, focusing on major infrastructure investments to transportation, water, energy, health, urban development, communications, and tourism with an anticipated investment of $586 billion through 2018. Mexico ranks second among top markets for U.S. building product exporters due to its proximity, established transport links and duty-free status under NAFTA. Mexico’s construction environment is highly receptive to U.S. products and reflects an emerging interest in green building. This program will provide you with briefings from US Embassy Mexico officials, one-on-one meetings with Mexican companies at Expo CIHAC, and evening receptions with decision makers. Register your interest HERE.

TRADE MISSIONS

September 26-30, 2016: Transportation Technologies, Equipment & Systems Trade Mission to Turkey
This mission will introduce U.S. companies to the $250 billion Turkish transportation market. Trade mission delegates will travel to Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul to attend pre-scheduled meetings/networking events with municipal/government officials/potential trading partners/end users to understand the business and transportation environment in Turkey.  The following technologies hold especially high potential for U.S. Exports: Railroads & Airports:  Turkey has set a target to reach full completion of the privatization of railroads, as well as the connection of marine ports and railroads by 2012. Within aviation, the number of domestic and international flights has greatly increased, leading to a significant increase in total passenger and cargo traffic and the investment in new airport projects.Intelligent Transportation Systems:  Turkish firms and municipalities are looking for intelligent transportation systems and high-tech equipment to assist them in their development and implementation efforts in fields such as Real Time Locating Systems, Traffic Engineering, Adaptive Traffic Management Technologies, Air Traffic Control Systems, Signalization Systems, Beacon Technology, Electronic Detection System, Digital Information Systems, Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management Aviation Systems and Technologies, LED Lighting, etc. For more info, see http://export.gov/trademissions/turkeytransportationtech and/or contact Kent.Campbell@trade.gov or Berrin.Erturk@trade.gov. Application Deadline:  July 29, 2016.

November 12-18, 2016: Safety and Security Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia & Kuwait
Saudi Arabia
is forecasted to procure $14 billion worth of security systems and services over the next 3 years. For example, the transport sector alone security expenditure is forecast to reach $76.2 million by 2016. Since 2011, the Saudis hiked their 2011 Homeland Security & Public Safety procurement budget by 46% and never looked back since. During 2016-2018, Saudi Arabia intends to procure as much as $14B of Homeland Security (HLS) & Public Safety related products and services making them the highest per capita HLS & Public Safety spenders in the world.  Kuwait plans to spend a total of US$ 28.2 billion on projects in the transportation sector, including aviation, airport, rail, roads, building and terminals. The expansion of Kuwait International Airport is a significant infrastructure development. The planned $6 billion project includes a new terminal building and expanding the two existing terminals. Kuwait is aiming to double the airport capacity to 20 million passengers by 2025. Other major projects are the construction of the country's fourth refinery and the expansion of the existing refineries valued at approximately $30 billion. All of these projects require state-of-the-art safety and security solutions.  Application Deadline:  September 1, 2016. For more info, see http://export.gov/trademissions/SaudiKuwaitSS/. Contact: Douglas.Wallace@trade.gov or Tatyana.Aguirre@trade.gov with cc to Monica.Toporkiewicz@trade.gov.

November 14-18, 2016:  Education Trade Mission to India and Nepal – New Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu
Organized jointly by the U.S. Commercial Service, ELS Educational Services, and Education USA, this mission’s objective is to connect U.S. higher education institutions to potential students, institutional partners and education consultants in Nepal and India.  The Mission will include networking opportunities with potential partners, embassy briefings, student fairs, and additional networking opportunities in Kathmandu, Nepal, and New Delhi and Kolkata, India for recruiting students to study in the United States.  Plans also include an optional spin-off to Trivandrum, India on November 19.  Participation is open to appropriately accredited U.S. institutions of higher education at the four year undergraduate, graduate and community college levels that wish to attract students to the United States and/or meet with potential partners for collaboration.  Application Deadline – September 15, 2016 – Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  For more info/questions, contact: Jennifer Moll at jennifer.moll@trade.gov with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

December 5-8, 2016: Cybersecurity Trade Mission to Turkey
The growth and frequency of cyber-attacks in recent years has increased the demand to protect critical data and infrastructure of governments and businesses. Turkey is increasing resources in the public and private sectors to tackle these complex cyber threats.  For more info, see:  http://www.export.gov/trademissions/cyberturkey/. Contact Gemal.brangman@trade.gov or Gokce.Tuncer@trade.govApplication Deadline:  September 16, 2016.

December 4-9, 2016: U.S. Franchise Trade Mission to India & Sri Lanka
Join the International Franchise Association, Franchise Times and the U.S. Commercial Service for a franchise trade mission to India and Sri Lanka, which will provide you cost effective market exploration including one on one meetings with pre-screened prospective franchisees that fit criteria you provide. No large franchise market is growing faster than India and no market offers franchising more ongoing runway for expansion. This meteoric growth is being driven by factors ranging from the growth of the middle class to Prime Minister Modi's liberalizing influence on the economy. In late 2014 KPMG reported that India's franchise economy would quadruple in size through 2017. See the BBC’s coverage of the last mission to India at http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30950072 .  The mission will visit Mumbai and Delhi, India and Colombo, Sri Lanka December 4-9, 2016. IFA mounts franchise trade missions on a non-profit basis as a member service. The mission cost is $6,950. The application deadline is September 2, 2016. For more information and to apply, see http://www.franchise.org/SouthAsia2016.  For additional questions:  Josh Merin at jmerin@franchise.org, Director, International Affairs at IFA or Mala.Venkat@trade.gov at the U.S. Commercial Service in India, with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS

September 13-15, 2016: Discover Global Markets:  Healthcare Connections - Seattle, WA
Discover Global Markets:  Healthcare Connections will feature panels on opportunities in the medical device sector, diagnostics, health IT, and global health,. U.S. Embassy-based industry specialists will give updates on country projects and regulatory framework. Delegations of healthcare technology buyers and distributors are coming from select markets looking for new products.  The sooner you register, the longer we can promote your company to attract the right delegations. Who Should Attend? C-level executives responsible for understanding the global outlook for the industry and upcoming market opportunities; Sales and marketing professionals responsible for acting quickly on market demands, foreign tenders, and trade leads; Regulatory professionals responsible for understanding country approval frameworks; Investors and professional advisors. Questions: Monica.Toporkiewicz@trade.gov. More Information: http://export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/healthcareconnections/index.asp.

September 13-17, 2016: AutoMechanika Trade Fair – Frankfurt, Germany
AutoMechanika is the world’s leading trade fair for the automotive industry and is a one-stop-shop for innovations in the automotive aftermarket across the entire value chain, including Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, and Repair & Maintenance. Visitors from over 170 countries are expected. Opportunities exist for especially for innovative U.S. OE-suppliers. U.S. Commercial Service international trade specialists will be on site and can provide more information about opportunities specific to your business. The U.S. Commercial Service is also organizing a B2B and B2G appointment program – contact Larry.Tabash@trade.gov for more information. For the recently-released automotive parts Top Markets Report, see http://trade.gov/topmarkets/pdf/autoparts_Top_Markets_Report.pdf . To learn more about the show itself, see http://automechanika.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/willkommen.html. For questions, contact Dan Kim email: Kyungsoo.kim@trade.gov phone: 312-353-4798.

October 8-12, 2016: OH! Study International Education Expo – Taiwan
Based on the number of participating schools and student attendance, the OH! Study International Education Expo has grown to be one of the largest education fairs in Taiwan.  It's a five-day integrated event in Taiwan's three major cities: Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung, with an optional stop at Hsin Chu, the high-tech city of Taiwan.  The fair typically has 100 exhibitors and over 15,000 attendees. Since 2007, U.S. Commercial Service Taiwan has co-sponsored the OH! Study International Education Expo.  All participants will be able to participate in the pre-fair one-on-one student-school meeting sessions at no extra cost.  They are planning to further expand this portion of the event to have over 1000 one-on-one pre-fair meetings.  This portion of the event is in addition to the regular open student fair that all participants will also enjoy.  By adding this new component to the event, school participants will be able to benefit from two events in one: a large-scale open student event and a more intimate boutique event!  Consider exploring the Taiwan market by joining this event that has proven to be successful year after year. Website: http://ohstudy.net/expo.  For more information, please contact Grace Tao, U.S. Commercial Service Taiwan at Grace.Tao@trade.gov with cc to Debra.rogers@trade.gov.

October 17, 2016: Student Recruitment Agent Matchmaking Event – Almaty, Kazakhstan
The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing an additional opportunity for U.S. colleges and universities exhibiting at the Kazakhstan EducationUSA tour October 8-16 to further enhance their student recruitment efforts in Kazakhstan. The U.S. Commercial Service is inviting select Kazakhstani student recruitment agents who would like to represent additional U.S. schools for individual meetings with interested U.S. colleges and universities coming to Almaty for the education fair. The event will take place the day after the EdUSA tour concludes in Almaty – i.e. on the afternoon of Monday, October 17.  It will include 4-5 individual meetings with top Kazakhstani student recruitment agents per school and a 30-minute coffee-break for networking. Participation fee: $500. Please note that the number of participants is limited.  To sign up for the agent event please email Debra.Rogers@trade.gov and Aliya.Shaikhina@trade.gov.  Registration Deadline: Friday, September 16, 2016.  For more info on the EdUSA tour, see http://1.usa.gov/1KEOlvJ or contact: EdUSAkzTour@americancouncils-kz.com.

October 19-23, 2016: Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest trade show for the publishing industry. It takes place at the “Messegelände” (the Trade Fair Grounds) in Frankfurt, Germany. There will be a focus on promoting books, digital content, magazines, and exporting and licensing rights. This event is an excellent opportunity for U.S. publishers, agents, content providers and publishing service providers to promote their products & digital content. They will have the ability to meet buyers and distributors from Europe and all over the world. Special offerings from the U.S. Commercial Service: Platinum Key is a program tailored to your International Publishing and Licensing needs at FBF. It is a fee based service offered exclusively to U.S. companies designed to provide customized targeted solutions. ***Additional value-added services offered by the U.S. Commercial Service to U.S. exhibitors: Qualified Contact Lists, Customized Counseling on Global Markets (by U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialists from U.S. Embassies and Consulates), International Promotion Program. For more information and to register click HERE, Application deadline: July 14th. Questions? Please contact: Vicki Tolefree Email: vicki.tolefree@trade.gov, Phone: 312-353-3748.

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 http://www.export.gov/thailand/tradeevent/ocsc/ 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.

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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