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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.

EXPORT NEWS

New Export Basics Video Series Now Available
The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Digital Initiatives (ODI) has launched a digital marketing campaign with six different video series aimed at encouraging new-to-export companies to export.  The videos are short, so you can watch an entire series in 10-15 minutes and they are geared around the following topics:  Get Ready to Export, Plan Your Market Entry Strategy, Find Foreign Buyers, Get Paid and Finance Your Export Transactions, Make the Export Sale, and Navigate Your Market Successfully.  Please take a few minutes to watch the Exporting Basics video series, and consider sharing this message via your e-newsletter and social media channels to help our U.S. clients tap into international opportunities.  Congratulations to the whole ODI team for getting this project off the ground and completed!  For more information, contact Jennifer.stone@trade.gov.

Doing Business in China Through eCommerce – Video Series
This video series is ideal for enterprises looking at the eCommerce business in China. The five videos cover the following topics: 1) Introduction to eCommerce in China, 2) Marketing on China’s eCommerce platforms, 3) Logistics of getting your product to China, 4) Dealing with Customs, 5) IPR in China. The Commercial Service China partnered with USDA’s Agriculture Trade Office (ATO) Shanghai team on the completion of these first five professionally produced videos. The videos can be accessed free at the following link:  http://usdachina.com/membervideos/

LOCAL EVENTS

July 27, Aug 29, & Sept 26, 2017:  ExporTech Summer Cohort 2017 – Chicago
Metro Chicago Exports and IMEC are now recruiting for ExporTech! ExporTech is a personalized program that helps companies develop a strategic export plan. Group workshops are combined with an individual coach and customized market research for each company, leading to an executable export plan in 9 weeks. It is limited to leaders from 6-8 companies to maximize impact with a team of partners, including the U.S. Commercial Service, who make it easier to go-to-market and implement the plan. Each full-day session efficiently connects companies with local and national experts to help navigate the export sales process. On average, participating companies generate $770K in new export sales. ExporTech saves participants countless hours and eliminates fear of the unknown about getting paid, protecting intellectual property, finding sales representatives and more.  Session Venue:  177 N. State St., Chicago, IL.  For more information, please see http://www.metrochicagoexports.com/exportech/ or contact Lisa Reijula at lreijula@metrochicagoexports.com.

August 2-3, 2017: Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Exports Compliance Seminar – Naperville
Are you looking to improve your export compliance program?  Experts from the Departments of Commerce (U.S. Census Bureau / The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)), Homeland Security (U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)), State (Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)) and the U.S. Export-Import Bank will provide a thorough overview of the current export environment.

The two day seminar aims to:

  *   Increase your overall knowledge of export compliance / enforcement including an update on recent regulatory changes with respect to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR),

  *   Provide a full overview of commodity classification, the Automated Export System (AES), & the free filing tool, ACE AESDirect,

  *   Demonstrate how you can use the export reports feature in ACE to manage compliance and oversee export filings at the company level,

  *   Learn best practices for maintaining compliance and avoiding penalties and or seizures of cargo,

  *   Understand DDTC licensing and systems,

  *   Provide overview of Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCN) & BIS export control requirements,

  *   Establish financing, credit and/or insurance to support the export of U.S. goods and services.

Do not miss this opportunity to engage with experts from the key government agencies involved with export compliance! The information and contacts gained during this seminar are extremely valuable for your export business and compliance program. We have included one-day attendance options for your convenience.  August 2 & 3 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 North Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60563.  For information and registration, go to http://www.exim.gov/events/automated-export-compliance-system-seminar-workshop-0.

October 2-4, 2017:  WEFTEC – Chicago - McCormick Place
WEFTEC is the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition, where more than 1,000 exhibitors display the latest in water quality research technology and services, and participants have the opportunity to learn and network with water quality leaders, buyers, and representatives of the water and wastewater companies from around the world. This trade show is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program, and our overseas offices are recruiting delegations of international buyers to attend.  If you are a Chicago-area company interested in connecting with these international delegations or hosting them for site visits, please email Debra.Rogers@trade.gov to register your interest.

WEBINARS

June 21, 2017 @ 9:00am CDT:  Intelligent Transportation & Integrated Mobility in Montreal, Copenhagen, Singapore, and Dubai – Webinar
This webinar will provide a brief update on local developments, municipal priorities, and needed technology solutions around intelligent and integrated transportation in these leading global smart city 'hot spots.' Delivered with the support of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the U.S. Commercial Service in-country trade advisors offer insights to help you assess potential for your company's products and services. Learn about leading developments and opportunities in Montreal, Copenhagen, Singapore and Dubai. Learn about ITS World Congress 2017 in Montreal and how this program's 10,000 participants from 50 countries can boost your global business development. Cost: 10$. For more information and to register, visit: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QC8. For questions contact Dan.kim@trade.gov in the U.S. Commercial Service-Chicago Office.

June 22, 2017 @ 10:30am CDT:  Education Sector in Turkey – Free Webinar
This webinar will provide an overview of the Turkish education sector as well as discuss an opportunity to meet Turkish students at our second Virtual Student Recruitment Fair.  Building on last year’s success, the U.S. Commercial Service in cooperation with Mezun Group and ISF will be hosting a physical/virtual student recruitment fair.  Students will physically attend the fair, and U.S. colleges and universities can meet these students virtually.  To learn more about this opportunity, and the education sector in general, we hope you will join our free webinar by registering here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QCP.

June 22, 2017 @ 12:00pm CDT: Argentina- Transportation Infrastructure Opportunities for U.S. Companies-Webinar
The Government of Argentina is planning significant near-term transportation infrastructure projects and has a strong interest in attracting U.S. construction and engineering companies to bid on upcoming tenders. Projects incorporated into the 3-year transportation public works plan (estimated to value over $33 billion) include significant cargo and passenger rail upgrades; addition of over 1,700 miles to the national highway system; and significant subway, tunnel, and port upgrades in the city and Province of Buenos Aires. This Direct Line webinar will be hosted by Tom Cooney, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, with Guillermo Dietrich, the Minister of Transportation of Argentina as guest speaker. They will be discussing market opportunities, the current business environment, and details of several specific upcoming projects. Please RSVP by June 19, 2017 https://www.state.gov/e/eb/directline/contact/270928.htm.

June 22, 2017 @ 11:00am CDT:  VAT: An Update on the European Union’s Value-Added Tax System – Webinar
This webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will help you better understand how the European Value Added Tax System (VAT) works, and the implications of Value Added Tax for U.S. companies when exporting goods or providing services into Europe. Detailed discussion topics will include: What is VAT, and how does it apply to your business? How does it work? A general overview of the mechanics of a VAT system compared to the US sales tax regime. Fee: $50. For information & registration, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37679&InputType=EVENT. For questions, contact:  Anastasia.Xenias@trade.gov.

June 27, 2017 @ 9:00am CST:  Education Sector Briefing for Portugal and France – Webinar
This webinar is an informational session on the fall 2017 Education tour to Portugal and France, and will provide an overview of the education sector opportunities there. Our education sector specialists in France and Portugal will discuss key market trends and target demographics US institutions should consider when looking at recruiting students from these countries. Accredited U.S. universities and colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, and study abroad programs are encouraged to participate. To register, visit: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.doSmartCode=7QCB. For more information contact Susan.Sadocha@trade.gov or Amy.Freedman@trade.gov.

June 28, 2017 @ 11:00am CDT: Working with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – Webinar
The U.S. Department of Commerce and key representatives from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the USA and London will host an informational webinar on June 28, 2017 at 12:00pm EDT (9:00am PDT) to explain how American companies can take advantage of the opportunities available at the EBRD. The EBRD's key sectors include energy & resource efficiency, infrastructure, banking and financial institutions, support to SMEs, environment, power & energy, public sector reform, good governance, economic research, and legal transition. Fee: $25. For information & registration, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37731&InputType=EVENT. For questions, contact: Anastasia.Xenias@trade.gov, Mary.Boscia@trade.gov, or Susan.Hettleman@trade.gov.

July 11, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT:  Why Price Quotations Are Critical – Which Pricing Terms Work & Which Ones Don’t – Webinar
In this webinar, exporters will understand how pricing terms work and which ones don’t. Exporters will also understand the INCOTERMS 2010 and the 11 acceptable pricing terms used in international trade. They will know the seller's and buyer's responsibilities in a trade transaction and understand the underlying risks associated with each INCOTERM. Exporters will learn how to minimize risk and maximize control in a transaction and understand how to increase your profits by effectively using the right terms. Mr. Richard “Chip” Thomas, International banker and founder of The American Export Training Institute, AETI, will be the main speaker. Cost: $25.  Please register online at  https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QA5  For questions contact: Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov.

July 19, 2017 @ 12:00pm CDT:  Ecommerce Marketing 102 – Webinar
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce, eCommerce Innovation Lab, together with the strategic partners of the Getting to Global initiative have curated world-class speakers for a deep dive into the eCommerce pathway. This series will help you sell more online, overseas. This month's topic is eCommerce Marketing 102, Pricing Your Product & Managing After Sales Service, with guest speakers Joshua Aikens from iGlobal Stores and Kunal Moudgil from Saludos International. No charge. For information & registration, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37660&InputType=EVENT. For questions, contact:  Cynthia.Torres@trade.gov.

July 19, 2017 @ 9:00am CDT:  Doing Business in Pakistan’s Punjab – Webinar
The U.S. Consul General in Lahore and his economic and commercial team will discuss the commercial opportunities in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous and prosperous province. With a population of 100 million people, a growing economy, and a youthful, educated workforce, many U.S. companies are successfully operating in Punjab. The webinar will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges for U.S. businesses and highlight specific export opportunities across the agriculture, energy, healthcare, and franchising sectors.  For more information and to register, visit: https://www.state.gov/e/eb/directline/events/271419.htm

July 20, 2017:  Education Sector in Brazil – Free Webinar
This webinar will give an overview of the opportunities for U.S. institutions in higher education in Brazil.

  • Learn if Brazil might be a good market for your school.
  • Learn more about the 100,000-strong program:  The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the dynamic public-private sector partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Learn about collaboration efforts between FPPEDU Media and the U.S. Commercial Service to create an opportunity for U.S. colleges and universities to connect directly with Brazilian students, and potential partner schools without leaving campus.

To participate in this free webinar, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2569504081399746818.

July 27, 2017@ 12:00pm CDT: REACH – Are You Ready for the 2018 Registration Deadline? – Webinar
REACH compliance is mandatory for all U.S. companies exporting one or more metric ton of chemicals to the European Union. The final registration deadline for all chemicals is May 31st, 2018. Join us for an informative webinar to hear a presentation delivered by Marie Roussel, Head of EcoMundo's North America office. She will discuss REACH requirements with a specific focus on issues related to the 2018 deadline. Fee: $50. For information & registration, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37736&InputType=EVENT. For questions, contact: Michael.Grossman@trade.gov or Matthew.Kopetski@trade.gov.

August 10, 2017 @ 12:00pm CDT:  Deemed Exports & Utilizing Research Universities – Webinar
(101 and 201 Series) Fifteenth in a 17-part Export Compliance webinar series, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, for new (101 Series) and seasoned (201 Series) export compliance professionals. All 17 - $350; Series 101 - $250; Series 201 - $150; Individual webinar - $35. For information & registration, please see: http://legalaspectsoftrade.com/webinar-registration/.

August 15, 2017@ 12:00pm CDT: Export Controls at Trade Shows – Webinar
(101 Series) Sixteenth in a 17-part Export Compliance webinar series, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, for new (101 Series) and seasoned (201Series) export compliance professionals. 12:00 – 1:30p.m. CDT. All 17 - $350; Series 101 - $250; Series 201 - $150; Individual webinar - $35. For information & registration, please see: http://legalaspectsoftrade.com/webinar-registration/.

August 15, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT:  Why Banking Relations Are Important – “Their Critical Role in Letters of Credit” – Webinar
In this webinar, exporters will understand the critical role of banks in the Letter of Credit process. Exporters will learn how many banks should be involved in a letter of credit transaction and the responsibilities of the banks. Exporters will also learn why banks charge fees, if banking fees are excessive, and if you can negotiate fees with banks. They will learn if banks will help you with your letters of credit and why they are not your enemy. Mr. Richard “Chip” Thomas, International banker and founder of The American Export Training Institute, AETI, will be the main speaker. Cost: $25.  Please register online at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QAA. For questions contact: Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov.

September 12, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT:  How to Handle Documentation Discrepancies – “What To Do and What Not To Do” – Webinar
In this webinar, exporters will understand how to handle documentation discrepancies in the letter of credit process. Exporters will learn what a discrepancy is and why banks always seem to find them even though you disagree with the finding. In addition, exporters will know the common causes of discrepancies and how to avoid them. They will learn why you should control the number of letter of credit documents and how to control the documents that are permissible. Mr. Richard “Chip” Thomas, International banker and founder of The American Export Training Institute, AETI, will be the main speaker.  Cost: $25.  Please register online at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QA9  For questions contact: Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov.

October 17, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT:  Setting Up a Successful Letter of Credit – “What Every Exporter Needs to Know” – Webinar
In this webinar, exporters will understand how to set up a successful letter of credit. Exporters will learn what the right questions to ask and negotiate the key terms and conditions up front in a letter of credit. In addition, exporters understand "Payment Terms" as it relates to when you get paid. They will take control of the paying, negotiating and confirmation functions as well as issue, expiry, shipment and presentation dates. Mr. Richard “Chip” Thomas, International banker and founder of The American Export Training Institute, AETI, will be the main speaker. Cost: $25.  Please register online at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=8Q8U  For questions contact: Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov.

TRADE MISSIONS

September 10-15, 2017: Smart Cities Business Development Mission to Poland & the Czech Rep.
The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing a Smart Cities Business Development Mission to Poland and the Czech Republic. This mission is focused on business and designed to help export-ready U.S. companies launch or increase their export business in promising sectors in Poland and the Czech Republic that contribute to the development of smart cities, including e-mobility, energy efficiency and management, e-governance, and environmental management and quality, including air and water quality. U.S. companies will attend pre-scheduled meetings with potential agents, distributors, end users, industry contacts and government officials for the goal of launching or increasing exports. Cost: Large company: $3700, Small & medium company: $2500.For more information and to register, please go to http://2016.export.gov/trademissions/smartcitiespolandczech/. Contacts:  Anna.Janczewska@trade.gov  and Luda.Taylor@trade.gov

September 11–14, 2017:  Cyber Security Business Development Mission to Canada
Organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to Canada’s expanding opportunities within the Cyber Security industry, and to assist U.S. companies in pursuing export opportunities in this sector. The mission is designed for all U.S. firms and organizations who play a part in the industry, regardless of specific niche. This mission will also help U.S. companies already doing business within the Canadian market to increase their footprint and deepen their business interests. Participating firms will gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of creating and increasing U.S. product and services exports. The mission will include market briefings, one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, industry leaders, and joint venture partners; meetings with national, provincial, regional and municipal governments; and networking events. For information & application, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37360&InputType=EVENT.

September 16–29, 2017: China & India Retail Ecommerce Executive Discovery Tour
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, the first goal is to introduce a group of approximately 10-15 U.S.-based ecommerce exporters to information around and contacts in China, providing enough information for them to be successful in their efforts to sell into China. The second goal of this mission is to introduce a similarly positioned group (approximately 10 California-based ecommerce exporters) to information around and contacts in India, providing enough information for them to be successful in their efforts to sell into India. For information & an application, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37584&InputType=EVENT.

September 25–27, 2017: AASA Trade Mission to South Africa
This trade mission, sponsored by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service, seeks to enhance the understanding of the South African automotive aftermarket by: visiting distributor facilities and holding market briefings by the U.S. Commercial Service; conducting one-on-one matchmaking meetings between U.S. companies and South African buyers/distributors of automotive aftermarket parts; and exhibiting at or visiting the Automechanika Johannesburg Show to meet additional buyers and contacts from throughout South Africa and the region. For information & an application, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37440&InputType=EVENT.

September 25-29, 2017: Education Fairs in Ghana & Nigeria
The U.S. Commercial Service at the Embassies in Ghana and Nigeria, in cooperation with EducationUSA, is organizing education fairs in their countries from September 25 to 29, 2017. The fairs will connect U.S. educational institutions with prospective students and potential partners.  The stops will include Embassy briefings, student fairs, one-on-one appointments with potential partners, and networking events in Accra, Lagos, and Abuja.  Representatives of accredited U.S. educational institutions, including community colleges and undergraduate programs, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  For more information and to register your interest, please go to http://bit.ly/2mm1Qzi  For questions, email Marisa.Ring@trade.gov or Daniel.Gaines@trade.gov, with cc to Debra.rogers@trade.gov.

September 28-October 4, 2017:  Education Recruitment Tour to Portugal & France
Meet students, potential partners, and attend meetings designed to help your institution penetrate the markets. The program includes embassy briefings, site visits, meetings with potential partners, student fairs, and networking events in Porto, Lisbon, Paris, Bordeaux, Rennes, and Lyon**. At each primary stop, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for individualized one-on-one appointments in advance. Cost:  $3,100 per non-profit institution.  Expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each participant unless otherwise noted.  Register Your Interest Now! Space is Limited*. For more information, please contact: Amy. Freedman@trade.gov, Susan.Sadocha@trade.gov, or Kristi.Wiggins@trade.gov with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.govDeadline to Apply:  July 31, 2017.

October 16-20, 2017:  Sustainable Building & Construction Trade Mission to Mexico
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service Vets Go Global team. The trade mission will introduce participating U.S. companies to commercial opportunities in Mexico’s sustainable building & construction industry. While in Guadalajara and Mexico City, participating companies will meet with local industry contacts and solidify business strategies for these markets. Additionally, we’ll introduce your business to these cities and their expanding sustainable building and construction needs, organize business development meetings, and host networking events with government leaders, potential partners, distributors, and end users.  Best prospects for this market are:               

  • HVACR
  • Lighting
  • Plumbing Products
  • Wood Products
  • Insulation
  • Windows & Doors
  • Thermal Resistance Elements

For more information, click here.  For specific questions, contact Oscar.Magana@trade.gov.

October 16-24, 2017:  Trade Winds Forum & Trade Mission to Southeast Europe
The markets of Southeast Europe are investing in infrastructure and market development. They represent an opportunity for U.S. companies to increase sales and find a strategic foothold to grow in Europe. Join Trade Winds-Southeast Europe to connect to potential partners, government decision-makers, market experts, and companies that have succeeded in the region. The conference program will take place in Bucharest, Romania, and additional business matchmaking stops will be offered in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, & Serbia.  For more information, see http://2016.export.gov/tradewinds/.

October 22–30, 2017: U.S. Healthcare Trade Mission to Africa (South Africa and Kenya)
Organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the mission will help participating U.S. firms and associations/organizations gain market insights, make industry and government contacts, solidify business strategies and advance specific projects with the goal of increasing U.S. healthcare technology and service exports. The trade mission will commence in Johannesburg, South Africa with a second stop in Nairobi, Kenya. In both locations, participants will receive market briefings from U.S. Commercial Service and industry experts, hold one-on-one business meetings, meet with South African and Kenyan government officials and organizations, and participate in networking events and industry featured tours. For information & an application, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37479&InputType=EVENT.

October 30–November 2, 2017: Renewable Energy Integration Trade Mission to Canada
Organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, the purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to Canada’s rapidly expanding interest and projects-base towards the effective application of renewable energy and smart grid solutions into the electrical grid, and to assist U.S. companies in pursuing export opportunities while making the most appropriate and impactful contacts within this sector. The mission is designed for U.S. industry with a focus on utility-scale and distributed energy resources (DER), renewable energy power generators and services providers.  This mission will further support U.S. companies who are active in the Canadian market with a focus on increasing footprints and deepening business interests, especially for those companies of all sizes who are part of the industry's global supply chain. The mission is open to all U.S. firms and organizations in the renewable energy sector focused on solar, wind, and hydropower as well as the smart grid transmission, distribution, and storage) technologies that will enable effective grid integration. For information & an application, please see: http://2016.export.gov/trademissions/canadarenewablesmission/.  For questions, contact Michael.Marangell@trade.gov in the Commercial Service – Chicago office.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS

July 9-11, 2017: Cosmoprof North America – Las Vegas, Nevada
In cooperation with the Cosmoprof North America show organizers, we are happy to offer these complimentary programs to U.S. exhibitors! Sign up to request counseling meetings with U.S. Commercial Service Beauty and Cosmetics Industry Specialists as well as introductory meetings with International Buyers/Distributors from various countries. Meet with U.S. Commercial Service Beauty and Cosmetic Industry Specialists that can provide you with market intelligence, regulatory guidance, and current business opportunities for specific international markets. Beauty and Cosmetics Industry Specialists from various U.S. embassies around the world will be at the show and available for one-on-one meetings with U.S. companies at Cosmoprof North America. Meet with international buyers who will be visiting the show. Let the U.S. Commercial Service help your company make the most of its presence at Cosmoprof North America by introducing your company to international buyers. Registration: http://2016.export.gov/california/ca/beauty/events/cosmoprofnorthamerica/index.asp. Deadline: Please register as soon as possible and no later than June 23, 2017. For more information contact Maryavis Bokal Maryavis.Bokal@trade.gov or Tony Michalski Tony.Michalski@trade.gov with a CC to Haley Pitonyak Haley.Pitonyak@trade.gov.

July 30-August 1, 2017: Dino Mignon International Children’s Fashion Expo & Business Conference - Montreal, Canada
Dino Mignon International Kids Fashion Expo is the first largest manufacturers of children’s clothing and accessories from around the world, including Canadian companies. The exhibition is open only to: Distributors, Wholesalers and Manufacturers, Importers and Exporters, Representatives and Agent, Baby and Kid Stores, Hypermarkets, Investors, Media, Associations and Unions.  Businesses will have the opportunity to meet their customers or their prospect customers (retailers), take orders and address recent market trends and opportunities.  For more information click here, http://www.dinomignon.com. Questions: contact Sue Bissi, email:  Sue.Bissi@trade.gov, or phone: 514-908-3673 or Vicki Tolefree at vicki.tolefree@trade.gov.

September 11-13, 2017:  Solar Power International (SPI) 2017 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Visit us at the International Business Center in Mandalay Bay

The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing complimentary Business-to-Government Export Counseling Meetings called “SHOWTIME” at SPI.  We will have available industry sector specialists from Angola, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Democratic Rep. of Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’lvoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Zambia to discuss trends and opportunities for your business in those markets.  Meetings with U.S. exhibitors and attendees will take place at the international business center or at company booths.  Pre-register is required: http://www.solarpowerinternational.com/exhibit/ibp/.  Questions: please contact Brian.Beams@trade.gov or Christina.Parisi@trade.gov.

September 29-30, 2017:  USA College Day – London, UK
The US-UK Fulbright Commission, with support from the U.S. Commercial Service in London, will host its annual College Day in Central London. We already have over 60 pre-registered universities, so register now to make sure your university doesn’t miss out!  In its 40th year, USA College Day is the oldest and largest fair of its kind in Europe. With 2016’s event attracting over 4,500 attendees, this event is not to be missed! College Day provides a cost-effective way to reach thousands of prospective UK students at one time. The UK is the number one European sender of students to US universities, with 11,600 British students enrolled at American universities in 2015-16. In the past year we’ve seen an 8% growth in the number of UK students studying in the US—the largest year-on-year increase for over 30 years. Undergraduate study remains the driving force for this rise, with a 31% increase over the past five years. Thus, 2017 is the perfect time to recruit UK students. Can’t send a member of your admissions staff? Alumni, current students and/or faculty currently in the UK are more than welcome to represent your institution if you supply materials and training. For more information and registration, see: http://www.fulbright.org.uk/universitycollegedayregistration  Contact: collegeday@fulbright.org.uk.

October 16, 2017:  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 EducationUSA education fairs (or otherwise in the area) in October 2017, 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 on the afternoon of Monday, October 16, and 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, please email Debra.Rogers@trade.gov and Aliya.Shaikhina@trade.gov.  Registration Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017.  For more information on the EducationUSA Tour, please see https://educationusa.state.gov/events/educationusa-kazakhstan-tour-2017, or email: educationusa@americancouncils-kz.com.

November 8–14, 2017:  U.S. Pavilion at OCSC Education 2017 – Bangkok & Chiang Mai
Each year, dozens of U.S. Schools attend Thailand’s largest education fair in Bangkok (The Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC) International Education Expo. This is the 5th year for the U.S. Pavilion at OCSC Education 2017, and the 1st year it has received Trade Fair Certification. This is a growing show and a wonderful opportunity for U.S. institutions interested in attracting students from Thailand. In addition to assisting U.S. institutions connect with Thai students at OCSC Education 2017, the U.S. Commercial Service in Thailand is organizing a Road Show to Bangkok Nov. 8-10th and to Chiang Mai Nov. 13-14th for U.S. institutions interested in visiting international high schools. The Bangkok portion includes: Embassy breakfast briefings, three-day high school visits, and two-day exhibition fair.  The Chiang Mai portion includes: networking reception night at the U.S. Consulate, two high school visits, and international education fair.  Register today! Explore market opportunities, meet more students, and connect with high school counselors in Thailand. Registration at: http://bit.ly/eduroadshowUSADeadline: September 25, 2017.  For more information, please contact:  U.S. Commercial Service Thailand: Ms. Thanyathorn Voravongsatit (Nan) at tvoravon@trade.gov with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

November 14-16, 2017:  Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 – Barcelona, Spain
The U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) has provided Trade Fair Certification to the “Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) 2017” to be held in Barcelona, Spain, November 14-16, 2017.  The USDOC will offer the following export promotion programs, matchmaking and networking opportunities to U.S. exhibitors, visiting U.S. city officials, and international VIP’s participating in SCEWC 2017:

  • One-on-one confidential B2B, B2G, and G2G meetings with service providers, city officials, and other key players in smart city-related sectors from over 600 cities world-wide. The meetings will be organized by USDOC staff, and local partners. 
  • An AMCHAM networking reception on November 14, 2017, from 7:00pm-8:30pm for U.S. exhibitors, U.S. visitors, international VIP visitors, and local partners.   This will be an excellent opportunity for U.S. exhibitors and other U.S. attendees to meet with stakeholders and international VIP’s, local partners, mayors and city officials from over 600 cities worldwide.
  • A matchmaking program engaging U.S. and international CIO’s/CTO’s engage in meaningful conversations, and share Best Practices on how to advance Smart City connectivity around the world.

For more information, on these export programs, please contact TFC Project Officer, Mark Wells at: mark.wells@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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