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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 Top Market Report Available: Oil and Gas Equipment
This report gives an overview of current market conditions and trends in the oil and gas industry. ITA's 2017 Upstream Oil and Gas Equipment Top Markets Report is designed to provide market intelligence to U.S. companies, as well as inform policy-makers on oil and gas markets where resources can make the biggest impact in support of increased U.S. equipment exports. The report ranks 151 markets based on export potential for U.S. oil and gas equipment through 2020. To download the full report, follow this link: http://trade.gov/topmarkets/oil-and-gas.asp

 

Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) 2017 Grant Program Now Open!
Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program, presented by JP Morgan Chase & Co. Online grant applications will be accepted through May 26, 2017.  Exporters located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties and the City of Chicago with less than 500 employees are encouraged to apply. The 2017 Grant Program will award up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies to implement an export plan. The grant will reimburse 50% of eligible expenses related to the plan.  More information about eligibility and application process can be found at MetroChicagoExports.com.  For questions, contact Lisa Reijula at lreijula@metrochicagoexports.com

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

May 9, 2017:  Attracting European Foreign Direct Investment – East Peoria, IL
Learn best practices for attracting European Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to our communities. In 2015 alone, cumulative European FDI in the U.S. reached a total of $2.16 trillion, making European companies the most important foreign investors in the United States. The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council and Ameren Illinois are showcasing Illinois by inviting the European American Investment Council to Peoria for this informational event. We are excited to connect you with FDI experts and professionals who will discuss best practices and current trends in attracting FDI to your community. The State of Illinois, Office of Investment and Tourism, Intersect Illinois, U.S. Department of Commerce - Commercial Service and SelectUSA, and representatives from European companies that have already invested in Illinois are supporting this event with many speaking on these powerful statistics.   9:30 am – 3:00 pm at Clock Tower Place in East Peoria, Illinois.  Seats are limited.  For the complete agenda and registration, see:  https://european-attraction-in-illinois.eventbrite.com

 

May 20-23, 2017:  National Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA) – McCormick Place, Chicago
The four-day National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the Western Hemisphere's largest food service and hospitality industry event. Founded in 1919, the annual NRA Show forum typically brings together approximately 2,000 exhibiting organizations and 60,000 attendees from all 50 states and over 100 countries at McCormick Place in Chicago. The NRA show has been approved to be part of the U.S. Department of Commerce “International Buyer Program”, and as such, the U.S. Commercial Service will be recruiting buyer delegations from the following countries: Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, & Uruguay.

To register your interest, please check our website http://2016.export.gov/newyork/forms/nra2017/ For more information contact Haley.Pitonyak@trade.gov

Webinars

May 9, 2017 @ 10:30 am CDT:  International Opportunities in the Hydro Power Industry – Free Webinar
This webinar will highlight international opportunities for U.S. hydro power companies and provide market snapshots on Canada, Brazil & Mexico.  Participants will also learn about U.S. Commercial Service programs at HydroVision, June 27-30, 2017 in Denver, CO.  Please register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QB1

 

May 9, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT:  U.S. Export Opportunities in Mexico’s Construction Sector - Free Webinar
On May 9, 2017, join the U.S. Commercial Service for an informative webinar to highlight opportunities in Mexico’s construction and infrastructure related sectors. Staff from the U.S. Commercial Service, both in Washington D.C and Mexico City will provide an overview of Mexico’s economic and commercial environment, highlight Mexico’s construction and infrastructure related market, discuss market entry strategies for U.S. companies and engage in Q & A with webinar participants. To register please email or call Steven Murray at steven.murray@trade.gov or 412-644-2819

 

May 17, 2017 @ 9:00am CDT:  Renewable Energy and Power Generation Opportunities in Egypt –Free Webinar
In an effort to diversify Egypt’s energy mix away from fossil fuels, the government has ambitious goals it aims to meet in the next 5 years.  The webinar will include a presentation from a former chairman at the Ministry of Electricity and will serve as perfect way to be kept appraised of all opportunities. REGISTER HERE. Program Flyer.

 

May 31, 2017: Updates on Mexico’s Customs Regulations:  Providing Services & Using ATA Carnet for Temporary Imports – Webinar
Organized by the International Trade Administration - U.S. Commercial Service.  Learn how your company can save time and money when exporting to Mexico and avoid the most common customs mistakes made by U.S. exporters. , This webinar will address temporary entry of personnel, tools and equipment for the purpose of providing a service in Mexico, as well as how to return the tools and equipment to the U.S. without paying customs duties.  1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CDT. Fee: $25. For information & registration, please see:  http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37525&InputType=EVENT.

 

June 1, 2017 @ 3:00pm CDT:  Export Opportunities in Mexico's Sustainable Building &    Construction Sector – Free Webinar
The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration will provide the latest insights and strategies on international sales opportunities for U.S. companies in Mexico – a leading U.S. trading partner. U.S. Commercial Service industry specialists will provide market insights, sustainable building and construction industry trends, and specific commercial opportunities to inform your potential entry or expansion in Mexico. This webinar should be attractive to U.S. companies interested in exporting a wide range of products and/or services to supply Mexico’s construction industry and upcoming infrastructure projects.  Please register at: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37663&InputType=EVENT  For questions, contact: Jeffrey.Odum@trade.gov

 

June 8, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT: Canadian Renewable Energy and Grid Integration Opportunities – Webinar
Save the Date!
The U.S. Consulates General in Toronto and Calgary are organizing this webinar to highlight growing opportunities for manufacturers and providers of renewable energy generation, transmission, storage, and integration technologies. With renewable energy representing 65% percent of Canada’s energy portfolio, strong opportunities will develop as the country’s total energy generating capacity grows from 134 GW to 170 GW by 2035. Speakers from the Commercial Section of each Consulate General will provide an overview of the developing opportunities, highlight key projects across Canada, and discuss potential strategies for entering the market. For more information and to register, please contact Michael Marangell at Michael.Marangell@trade.gov.  

 

June 13, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT:  The Role of Logistic in Letters of Credit - Understanding the Logistics Game – Webinar
In this webinar, exporters will talk about the critical role of logistics in using letters of credit. Exporters will understand who should be responsible for shipping, when shipping terms should be negotiated and how your product is going to be shipped. Exporters will also know where you will find shipping expertise/advice and what type of insurance is necessary for your product. 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=7QA4  For questions contact: Linda.Abbruzzese@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

 

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

June 11–17, 2017:  Wastewater Business Development Mission to China
This trade mission, led by the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a follow-up to an April 2015 Smart Cities –Smart Growth Mission to China that was led by Secretary Pritzker. This mission will promote U.S. exports to China by supporting U.S. companies in launching or increasing their business in the marketplace products and services relating to wastewater treatment, including industrial wastewater treatment.  Key elements will include business-to-government and business-to-business meetings, market briefings, and networking events. The trade mission will stop in Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou.  In each city, participants will meet with pre-screened potential partners, end users and government officials. They will also attend market briefings by U.S. Embassy officials and other industry experts, as well as networking events offering further opportunities to speak with local business and industry decision-makers. For information & an application, please see:

http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37425&InputType=EVENT.  For questions, contact Debra.Rogers@trade.gov in the U.S. Commercial Service- Chicago Office.

 

June 18-20, 2017: Paint & Coatings Materials Suppliers Trade Mission to Mexico
The U.S. Department of Commerce is organizing its first trade mission for U.S. Paint and Coatings Materials Suppliers. The trade mission will take place from June 18-20, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico and is designed to coincide with the ANAFAPYT (Mexican National Association of Manufacturers of Paints and Inks) trade show, “Latin America’s Coatings Show 2017” which will take place June 20-22. The purpose of the mission is to assist raw material and equipment suppliers to the paints and coatings industry: gain market insight; make industry contacts; solidify business strategies; advance specific projects with the goal of increasing their exports and business in Mexico; and, participate in the Latin American Coatings Show with complimentary registration or discounted exhibit fees. For more information and to apply for the trade mission please CLICK HERE. For questions, please contact Allison.Mello@trade.gov or 312-353-8490.

 

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  Contacts:  Marisa.Ring@trade.gov and Daniel.Gaines@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 ElementsFor 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 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 impactfulcontacts 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

May 9-11, 2017:  CS Services for U.S. Exporters at Waste Expo – New Orleans
The U.S. Commercial Service EnviroTech team has organized a plethora of customized services and events to enhance the Waste Expo exhibitors access to international opportunities, and export leads and advice at the show.  Meet with Commercial Specialists from over 12 different countries, participate in the international B2B matchmaking program, speak to international audiences, learn about trade finance, and listen to the U.S.-China Environmental Industries Forum!  For more details and registration for these programs, please contact Debra.Rogers@trade.gov with cc to Hector.Rodriguez@trade.gov .

 

May 10-12, 2017:  U.S. Pavilion at Smart Cities India – New Delhi
Exhibit in the U.S. Pavilion at 3rd Smart Cities India, a trade fair certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.  Explore business and procurement partnership opportunities in India under the National Smart Cities Mission.  Smart Cities India 2017 will feature technologies, applications and solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure, to enhance the quality of urban life and provide a clean and sustainable environment. The display in the exhibition will include solutions pertaining to Smart sustainable environment, Smart urban planning, Smart connected homes and buildings, Smart IT and communications, Smart Governance, Smart Security and safety, Smart Education and skilled workforce, Smart Manufacturing to create jobs, Smart Healthcare, Disaster Management, Drinking water and waste water, Smart Energy, Smart Transport. Etc. To learn more about 3rd Smart Cities India, click here.  Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Praveen Singh (praveens@eigroup.in) to reserve exhibit space, or Ethel.Glen@trade.gov with cc to debra.rogers@trade.gov for questions. 

 

May 16-18, 2017:  Asian Nuclear Business Platform – Shanghai, China
The 5th Asian Nuclear Business Platform is a U.S. Department of Commerce Certified event, The U.S. Commercial Service Shanghai provide support to the U.S. business executives and utilities that attend. For questions, contact Ree.Russell@trade.gov.

 

May 17, 2017:  Doing Business with the United Nations – New York City
Please join the U.S. Commercial Service New York and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations for the 4th annual "Doing Business with the United Nations" seminar in downtown Manhattan.

This seminar will offer an introduction to the UN's $17.6 billion procurement market and feature speakers from the largest procurers (in $ volume) in the UN system including:

  • United Nations Procurement Division (UN/PD)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN International Children's Emergency Relief Fund (UNICEF)
  • UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Presentations and panels will address headquarters and international field tenders, followed by a networking lunch and optional one-on-one appointments* with UN representatives. This event will be informative both for suppliers who may have already bid on UN tenders (but not yet had success) as well as for companies who need help getting started. To Register: Please Visit: Here  Registration Fee: $35.00 per person; Registration Deadline: May 6, 2017For questions and registration, please contact Susan Hettleman at 212-471-0060 or Susan.Hettleman@trade.gov   

*One-on-one appointments are subject to application and availability.  Appointments will only be granted to companies who have registered with the UN's procurement portal United Nations Global Marketplace (www.ungm.org). 

 

May 23 – 24, 2017:  Complying with U.S. Export Controls - Detroit 
The two-day program is led by BIS's professional counselling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR, steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item, how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN), when you can export or re-export without applying for a license, export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements, and real-life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR. Technical, policy, and enforcement professionals from BIS, as well as specialists from other agencies such as the Bureau of the Census, will participate in certain programs.  Venue: The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch, Detroit Conference Center: 1600 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207.  For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eastmichigandec.org/events  Registration deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017.   

May 25, 2017:  U.S. Munitions List to Commerce Control List - Detroit 
This one day course is designed to provide in-depth exposure to core elements of the Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative. Regulatory, compliance, and engineering officers will provide training on the key elements ranging from licensing issues to “specially designed” and license exceptions such as use of the Strategic Trade Authorization. The course will focus on new and different compliance requirements. This course will be useful to defence exporters with relatively limited exposure to the regulatory requirements of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and to exporters who now will be able to support U.S. military items without incurring international Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) liability.  Recommended Prerequisite: Complying with U.S. Export Controls or equivalent experience.  Venue: The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch, Detroit Conference Center: 1600 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eastmichigandec.org/events  Registration deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017

May 29 - June 2, 2017:  NAFSA Conference – Los Angeles
U.S. Commercial Service Education Specialists from around the world will be attending NAFSA, will staff a booth, and will be available for 1:1 meetings.  Debra Rogers from the U.S. Commercial Service office in Chicago will be present, and we are expecting colleagues from the following countries:  China – Guangzhou & Shanghai, France, Ghana, Honduras, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, & Ukraine.  We will be offering both attendees and exhibitors up to three 20-minute appointments with these international colleagues.  For more information and registrations (deadline May 9), please see: http://2016.export.gov/utah/nafsashowtime/  The U.S. Commercial Service will also participate on four session panels on the following topics:  Trends and Resources for International Graduate Recruitment, Demand and Recruitment for U.S. Secondary Educational Institutions, the Next Markets to Promote Diversity, and Role of Intensive English Programs in Strategic Enrollment Management.  For more information, contact Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

 

June 6-8, 2017:  International Defense and HLS Expo 2017 – Tel Aviv
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Office of Trade & Investment is inviting Illinois’ small businesses on a Trade Mission to exhibit in a No Charge exhibit space in the Illinois Pavilion at the International Defense and HLS Expo (http://www.isdefexpo.com/home/about-isdef-2/) trade show in Tel Aviv, Israel from June 6-8, 2017. This opportunity is supported by the US SBA STEP Grant (ISTEP), which means that companies qualifying for this mission will receive the following: 

  • Free fully furnished trade show booth
  • Partial reimbursement of travel for hotel and airfare
  • Briefing material
  • Pre-show promotion
  • Assistance with travel logistics from the State of Illinois Chicago and International Offices

No charge space is limited and qualified Illinois firms will be accepted on a “First Come – First Served” basis.  Please contact Sam Ntum at sam.ntum@illinois.gov for more information, with cc to Richard.carpenter@trade.gov. Participating companies may opt to add on services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, which may also qualify for SBA STEP funding.

 

June 14-16, 2017: InfoComm International – Orlando
Join the U.S. Commercial Service at InfoComm International in Orlando, FL. InfoComm is the largest, most exciting event in North America focused on the pro-AV industry, with 1,000 exhibitors, thousands of products, and 40,000 attendees from 110 countries. The InfoComm show is your once-a-year opportunity to see the latest audiovisual technology, learn the skills that will advance your career, and grow your professional network. The U.S. Commercial Service will be there to help maximize the value of your participation, by providing a variety of onsite services. For questions, please contact Rich Carpenter at Richard.carpenter@trade.gov, or call 312-353-7711. Remember to ask about the possibility of ISTEP funding options!

 

June 18-20, 2017:  SelectUSA Summit - Washington, DC.
This Summit is the premier investment event showcasing inbound investment opportunities throughout the United States.  Past Summits have been well attended, with over 1,000 business investors from 70+ international markets, and more than 600 economic development representatives from all over the United States.  The Summit provides a platform to communicate economic priorities and affirm  the U.S. as the #1 destination in the world for foreign direct investment.  The ultimate impact of this important undertaking results in more jobs in America; in fact, 2013-2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit participants have announced more than $20.6 billion in greenfield FDI into the United States.  For more information, please see http://www.selectusasummit.us/ .

 

June 19-25, 2017:  Paris Air Show – Paris
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Office of Trade & Investment is inviting Illinois’ small businesses on a Trade Mission to exhibit in the Illinois Pavilion at the Paris Air Show (www.siae.fr/en) trade show. This opportunity is supported by the US SBA STEP Grant (ISTEP), which means that companies qualifying for this mission will receive the following: 

  • Free fully furnished trade show booth
  • Partial reimbursement of travel for hotel and airfare
  • Briefing material
  • Pre-show promotion
  • Assistance with travel logistics from the State of Illinois Chicago and International Offices

No charge space is limited and qualified Illinois firms will be accepted on a “First Come – First Served” basis.  Please contact Iwona Bochenska at iwona.bochenska@illinois.gov for more information, with cc to Richard.carpenter@trade.gov. Participating companies may opt to add on services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, which may also qualify for SBA STEP funding.

 

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 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.

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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