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.


2016 Top Markets Reports Released
The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration's Top Markets Series provides a market assessment tool for U.S. exporters.  Each report ranks future export opportunities within a particular industry based on a sector-specific methodology. The reports provide a detailed assessment of the competitiveness landscape within a sector, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing U.S. exporters in key markets. Each report is available for download at http://trade.gov/topmarkets/. Interested exporters can also download or view individual case studies within larger reports.  New sectors covered in this year’s reports include:  Franchising, Industrial Automation, Financial Technology, Manufacturing Technology, and Medical Devices.


November 1-3, 2016: Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities - Chicago, IL
Save the Date!
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. More information will be available soon. Contact: Michael Marangell at email: Michael.Marangell@trade.gov. Sponsorship opportunities available – for details, please see http://1.usa.gov/20waFR0.


July 28, 2016 @ 12:30pm CDT: Recruiting Students from Brazil and Mexico – Webinar
U.S. Commercial Service education specialists in Brazil and Mexico will highlight market characteristics, upcoming recruitment opportunities, recruitment/partnership successes, as well as best practices and strategies for student recruitment. Speakers will be on hand to answer your questions after the presentation. If you seek to diversify your student body, increase enrollment and want more information about how to connect with students from Mexico and Brazil, this virtual briefing is for you. Register HERE. $30 Registration Fee. For additional information or questions regarding this program, please contact Jose F. Burgos at Jose.Burgos@trade.gov or by phone 787-775-1992.


July 23-27, 2016: Medical Delegation to India: Healthcare Executive Service – Chennai, Bengaluru, and Mumbai
The Healthcare Executive Service is designed to help medical/healthcare companies get the most out of their trip to the Medicall Trade Show in India by condensing the time commitment and streamlining the costs. Medicall is India’s Premier B@B Medicall Equipment Show (see www.medicall.in).  Delegates will benefit from U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key Matchmaking (one-on-one meeting schedules) in Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Local ground transportation will be provided. Country/Industry Briefings by U.S. Embassy/Consulate industry specialists in each location. Entrance to the Medicall Trade show in Chennai will be included in addition to the Catalogue Exhibition at the Medicall Trade Show. Delegates will attend a Networking Lunch hosted by the Medicall Trade Show. Site visits to local healthcare facilities and additional Networking Receptions will occur as well.  Do not miss your opportunity to introduce your products to the Indian market or follow-on to your company’s previous visits. Participation fee: $3300 for Small-Medium Sized Companies, $3600 for Large Companies, $750 for each additional company representative. *Option for Catalogue Exhibition only – Consider this option as a way to promote your product/service at the Medicall Trade Show in the U.S. Commercial Service Booth! Cost: $150. Registration Deadline: June 13, 2016 to register, contact Susan Sadocha, email: susan.sadocha@trade.gov, phone: (516) 427-9117.

September 6-13, 2016:  Trade Winds—Latin America
The United States and Latin America have one of the most active trade relationships in the world—one that continues to provide opportunities for U.S. businesses of any size and in almost any sector. As an official U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service conference and multi-sector trade mission, TRADE WINDS—LATIN AMERICA is your company’s connection to business opportunities in Latin America. If your company is new to the region or is looking to tap into new markets, our signature Trade Winds Business Development Conference and Trade Mission is the ideal launching point for expansion throughout the continent. TRADE WINDS—LATIN AMERICA will be hosted in Chile, and you will have the opportunity to visit other promising markets to explore new opportunities with the help of our team.  Registration deadline:  June 30, 2016.  SME’s may apply for a possible $500 fee reduction under the IMPACT project – see the application at http://www.sbdc.duq.edu/impact.  For more information, please see www.export.gov/tradewinds or contact tradewinds@trade.gov.

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.

October 19-21, 2016: Subsea & Onshore Technology Trade Mission to Brazil
Brazil ranks 15th globally in proven oil reserves and 9th in oil production and is predicted to be one of three countries to boost the largest oil production volumes by 2035 due in part to the discovery of an estimated 50 million barrels of oil in ultra-deep waters off the coast of Brazil. Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), Brazil’s state owned-oil company, recently announced its five year plan to divest and restructure making this a good time for U.S. companies that have products and services for subsea (deep water) and onshore oil and gas exploration and production. As Petrobras reevaluates its service and supplier contracts, there are opportunities for business development through partnerships, joint-ventures and/or company acquisitions. Opportunities to supply to other operating companies in Brazil, such as Shell, Statoil, Sinopec/Repsol and others, also exist. For more information, see http://www.export.gov/trademissions/braziloilandgas/index.asp. Contact Julius Svoboda at Julius.Svoboda@trade.gov or Rodrigo Correa at Rodrigo.Correa@trade.gov. Application deadline is July 24, 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.


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. Early bird pricing ends June 1st. 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 at email: Kyungsoo.kim@trade.gov, phone: 312-353-4798.

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 at email: vicki.tolefree@trade.gov, phone: 312-353-3748.


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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