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:
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 Country Commercial Guides Now Available
When conducting research on foreign markets, do what thousands of U.S. businesses do each year; check out the latest market trends available through the U.S. Country Commercial Guides (CCGs) compiled by the U.S. Commercial Service. The Guides cover more than 140 Countries and contain the latest intelligence on high-demand industry sectors, economic overviews, selling techniques, investment climate considerations, trade financing options, and business travel advice and resources. 16 NEW countries have been added to the CCG portfolio, including Bangladesh, Ecuador, Qatar, and Uganda. Updates are written by “boots-on-the-ground” U.S. Commercial Service Trade professionals and U.S. State Department economic officers. There is also a World Bank Group Commercial Guide that provides insights into how World Bank-funded projects work, and how American firms, from prime contractors to subcontractors and suppliers, can identify and access opportunities in them. To access the new Country Commercial Guides, visit www.export.gov/ccg.
2017 China City and Industry Report: A Guide for U.S. Exporters –Now Available!
The U.S. Commercial Service in China has just released subject 140-page report, which looks closely at 19 of China’s commercially important cities and 16 of its best prospect industries for U.S. exporters. Industries of focus include Agricultural Equipment, Environmental Technologies, Automotive Components, Rail, ICT, and Safety and Security. Many of the featured cities are 3rd and 4th tier business centers, such as Harbin, Kunming, and Urumqi, that are growing faster than the top tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai, and are also where major infrastructure projects are under development. We encourage you to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise this Report provides as you enter or expand your China business, but also to contact our staff and other seasoned experts for advice. http://2016.export.gov/china/build/groups/public/@eg_cn/documents/webcontent/eg_cn_105813.pdf.
March 7, 2017: Doing Business in Asia – University Park, IL Governor State University
Join private businesses, US Commercial Service, SBA, Ex-Im Bank, and various other participants at this year’s event, part of GSU’s “Doing Business in…..” series. For any questions or further details, you can reach out to Jun Zhao, Interim Dean of the College of Business, GSU by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Details will be posted soon at http://www.govst.edu/DoingBusinessIn/.
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 around the world to attend. To find out what countries will be represented and to register your interest in meeting the delegation leaders, please contact Haley.Pitonyak@trade.gov.
January 25, 2017 @ 10:00am CST: Building an International Customer Base – Free Webinar
The Illinois District Office of the US Small Business Administration will host this webinar to introduce small businesses/beginning exporters to international markets. By learning how to use our network of government resources, including SBA, the Export-Import Bank, and the U.S. Commercial Service, to assist in exporting goods and services, your business can become a player in the international marketplace. The webinar will help participating firms assess their export readiness by providing an in-depth evaluation tool, training to prepare entrance to foreign markets, and financing assistance to support participation in foreign markets. This webinar is free of charge. The internet access is: https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=87527316&CT=W. For questions, contact Stephen Konkle at Stephen.email@example.com.
January 26, 2017 @ 8:00am CST: Leveraging Botswana's Position to Access the Southern African Market – Free Webinar
The U.S. Embassy in Botswana will host a webinar for U.S. businesses of all sizes to learn how to leverage Botswana’s position to export to the Southern African Development Community. U.S. Ambassador Earl Miller will be joined by business panelists from the American Business Council in Botswana who will explain how your company can establish operations in Botswana to sell goods and services throughout the region. Government of Botswana officials will also participate and answer your questions. Please RSVP by January 24, 2017 by clicking here.
February 1, 2017 @ 12PM CST: Central America Webinar Series: the Dominican Republic
The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing a Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in the Dominican Republic. The United States is the Dominican Republic’s largest trading partner, accounting for 44% of the DR’s total imports. In 2015, U.S. exports to the DR totaled $7.1 billion. This webinar will provide a market overview that will help to advance U.S. exports to the Dominican Republic. Fee: $35. To learn more and to register, click HERE. Contact Jessica Gordon at Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov or (601) 373-0748; or Delia Valdivia at Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov.
February 27-March 2, 2017: Illinois Pavilion at Mobile World Congress – Barcelona
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 Mobile World Congress 2017 (http://www.mobileworldcongress.com) trade show in Barcelona, Spain from Feb 27 - March 2, 2017. This opportunity is supported by the US SBA STEP Grant, which means that companies qualifying for this mission will receive the following:
No charge space is limited and qualified Illinois firms will be accepted on a “First Come – First Served” basis. Please contact Iwona Bochenska at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, with cc to Richard.email@example.com. Participating companies may opt to add on services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, which may also qualify for SBA STEP funding.
March 1-3, 2017: Illinois Pavilion at Sino-Pack 2017 – Guangzhou
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 Sino-Pack 2017 (www.chinasinopack.com) trade show in Guangzhou, China from March 1–3, 2017. Supported by the US SBA STEP Grant, which means that companies qualifying for this mission will receive the following:
No charge space is limited and qualified Illinois firms will be accepted on a “First Come – First Served” basis. Please contact Zhigang Ren at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov. Participating companies may opt to add on a Gold Key Matchmaking service provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, which may also qualify for SBA STEP funding.
March 6-10, 2017: U.S. Information and Communication Technologies and Services Trade Mission to Singapore & Vietnam
This trade mission will provide U.S. participants with first-hand market information, exposure and access to government decision makers, and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors and business partners, so that participants can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in the market. Mission participants will meet with potential partners and buyers in both countries at local manufacturing or service provider facilities. Additionally, participants will meet with manufacturers’ associations and government officials to learn about the local market and sales opportunities. The precise schedule will be structured based on specific goals of the mission participants and availability of local government officials. Target markets include: Digital Infrastructure, Emergency management technology, IT, Big data management, Cyber security, and data loss prevention. Registration Deadline: January 8, 2017. For more information, and fees click HERE . For questions contact Brian Beams at Brian.Beams@trade.gov, or Deborah Misouria at Deborah.Misouria@trade.gov.
March 26-31, 2017: Transportation Technologies Trade Mission to Turkey
This mission will introduce U.S. companies to the $250 billion Turkish Transportation market. 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. For additional info, see http://2016.export.gov/turkey/build/groups/public/@eg_tr/documents/webcontent/eg_tr_105696.pdf. To register, go to https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/TM/6R10. Registration deadline: January 27, 2017. For questions, contact Kent.Campbell@trade.gov or Berrin.Erturk@trade.gov.
March 26-31, 2017: Trade Mission to Central America and Business Opportunities in Central America Conference- Costa Rica +
Central America is an expanding market for U.S. exports, with almost 46 million potential buyers. This mission will connect U.S. companies with qualified potential buyers, agents, distributors or joint-venture partners during pre-arranged business-to-business matchmaking appointments. The meetings will occur in Costa Rica and one other Central American country – Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize or Panama. Industries of focus are: safety and security equipment, automotive parts and accessories, construction equipment and road building machinery, and renewable energy technologies. The Opportunities in Central America Business Development Conference will offer similar one-on-one consultations with U.S. Foreign & Commercial Service (USFCS) Commercial Officers and/or U.S. Department of State Economic/Commercial Officers to gain information and discuss the strategies for entering or expanding their business across the Central America region. Registration Deadline: January 31, 2017. For more info on the mission, click HERE. For questions, contact Jessica Gordon at Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov. To complete the Trade Mission application, please click HERE. See also under the “Webinar” heading of this calendar, info on the related Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in each Central American country.
April 24-28, 2017: Smart Tech Business Development Mission to Greater China – Taipei, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing a Smart Technologies Business Development Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong with an optional stop in Guangzhou (China). The business development mission will help expand U.S. exports for U.S. technology providers of Smart Transportation, Smart Building designs and energy efficient retrofits, and tech-enabled financial services (FinTech). Participants in the mission will gain first-hand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges in each market, engage with government leaders, and meet potential partners, buyers, and representatives through customized one-on-one appointments. Space is limited, so apply now. http://go.usa.gov/xksvc. For more information, contact Michael Marangell at email@example.com or Gemal Brangman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 4-6, 2017: Illinois Pavilion at IE Expo Environmental Technology Show – Shanghai
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 IE EXPO 2017 (www.ie-expo.com) trade show in Shanghai, China from May 4 – 6, 2017. Supported by the US SBA STEP Grant, which means that companies qualifying for this mission will receive the following:
No charge space is limited and qualified Illinois firms will be accepted on a “First Come – First Served” basis. Please contact Zhigang Ren at email@example.com for more information, with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov. Participating companies may opt to add on a Gold Key Matchmaking service provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, which may also qualify for SBA STEP funding.
September 11-14, 2017: Cyber-Security Trade Mission to Canada
The objective of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to Canada’s cyber security market and to assist U.S. companies pursuing export opportunities in this growing sector.
U.S. firms and organizations in the following subsectors are especially encouraged to apply:
For more information, please contact Gemal.Brangman@trade.gov or Tracey.Ford@trade.gov. Apply now at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/TM/7R0S. Application deadline: June 30, 2017.
January 17-20, 2017: World of Concrete – Las Vegas Convention Center
World of Concrete is among the leading trade expos for manufacturers of products and equipment used in concrete construction. The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing programs to connect U.S. exporters with buyers and visiting exporters at the show. Companies interested in gathering market intelligence should consider take advantage of scheduled 1-on-1 meetings with Commercial Specialists representing more than 25 U.S. Embassies and Consulates through the International Business Center’s Showtime program. Additionally, companies can register to have U.S. Commercial Service staff overseas promote their products/services to qualified buyers in advance of the show. Through this Business-to-Business Matchmaking program, U.S. Commercial Service staff will then help facilitate a meeting with buyers that indicate their interest. For Showtime information and registration, as well as to register your interest in B2B meetings, see http://2016.export.gov/florida/tradeservices/woc/index.asp. For questions on U.S. Commercial Service programs at World of Concrete, please contact Michael Marangell at Michael.Marangell@trade.gov.
January 17-20, 2017: Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show and Conference SHOT – Las Vegas
Join the U.S. Commercial Service at The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show®) is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for professionals who sell products related to the shooting sports and hunting industries. It is the world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from more than 100 countries. SHOT Show is also the largest law enforcement and cutlery show in the United States. Featuring more than 200,000 attendees from over 70 countries, this fair, held at the Sands Expo Center, provides an opportunity to showcase your products and technologies to the world. The U.S. Commercial Service will be there to help maximize the value of your participation, by providing:
Click here: http://2016.export.gov/california/irvine/events/shot/index.asp to learn more. For questions, please contact Rich Carpenter at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 29 -February 1, 2017: International Franchise Association Annual Convention - Las Vegas
The U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service - Global Franchise Team is pleased to once again partner with the International Franchise Association (IFA) to bring you expert advice on franchising markets in Austria, Brazil, India, Mexico, Kenya and Spain to discuss our Services Worldwide. During IFA, we are offering US Franchisors the special opportunity to schedule private meetings where you can discuss and plan your international growth strategy, learn about franchise laws and regulations, and receive a market evaluation for your brand or concept from experts who have helped many U.S. Franchisors achieve success! All meetings will be 30 - 60 minutes long and held on the expo site. Appointment times for this unique and highly popular program do fill up quickly. REGISTER NOW via the form at the following link: http://export.gov/michigan/forms/internationalfranchise/index.asp. Registration deadline is January 20. For questions, contact: Jennifer Loffredo at Jennifer.Loffredo@trade.gov or Eric Johnson at Eric.Johnson@trade.gov.
January 31-February 2, 2017: DisitribuTech Conference & Exhibition, San Diego, CA
The U.S. Commercial Service invites U.S. exhibitors to participate in our U.S. Embassy-Energy Trade Specialist meeting program at the DistribuTECH 2017 Conference in San Diego. These meetings offer you a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with U.S. Embassy-Commercial Service Energy IT/Smart Grid trade specialists based in our overseas U.S. Embassies and Consulates, and the meetings will highlight individual market opportunities and potential for your company’s products & services abroad. All meetings will last approximately 20 minutes. In addition to the countries such as Albania, Turley, Nigeria, Iceland, and the Philippines, U.S. Government export promotion counterparts are scheduled to participate at DistribuTECH 2017: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Export-Import Bank (EXIM), ITA Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. To register, click HERE. For any questions, please contact Cathy Gibbons at Cathy.Gibbons@trade.gov.
February 6-7, 2016: Vocational and Technical Training Education Fair—Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Vocational and technical schools are being built all across Saudi Arabia and there is a need for training providers. Opportunities in the Saudi market can be found in English language programs for professional development as well as hands-on training in specializations such as machine tooling, metalworking, electro-mechanics and auto mechanics. Attend the VoTech Training Education Fair to learn how you can take advantage of lucrative opportunities and build sustainable partnerships in the VoTech sector of Saudi Arabia. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and network with decision makers of the top technical schools in the kingdom and visit their facilities. Application Deadline: January 15, 2017. For more information, contact Anastasia.email@example.com.
February 16-17, 2017: Discover Global Markets: Advanced Manufacturing - Scottsdale, AZ
Forum for U.S. companies on the opportunities at the forefront of a wide array of manufacturing technologies essential to the manufacturing industries around the world. Participants will: 1) learn about international manufacturing needs and how to build strong partnerships necessary to gain business 2) understand the global demand for new technologies the improve production quality, efficiency, and increase capacity, and 3) hear from executives who have successfully tapped in the global markets of advanced manufacturing technologies. In addition to panels of industry experts, U.S. Commercial Service staff from approximately 20 countries around the world are expected and will be available for one-on-one appointments. There will also be business-to-business matchmaking meetings. The U.S. Commercial Service and the Arizona District Export Council are partnering to host this forum at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradies Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona this upcoming February! Early Bird Registration ($375) ends December 16th. For information and registration go to: http://2016.export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/advancedmanufacturing/index.asp. For registration questions and concerns please contact Kristian Richardson (Kristian.Richardson@trade.gov) or Christina Parisi (Christina.Parisi@trade.gov).
Feb. 20-22, 2017: National Ethanol Conference – San Diego, CA
U.S. companies in the fuel ethanol industry who are interested in increasing their exports or developing deeper business relationships, please note that international buyer delegations are being recruited to attend this show from the target markets of Brazil, China, Mexico, India, and South Korea. The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration will set up B2B meetings on the afternoon of February 22nd at a dedicated meeting space at the conference venue. To register, companies should fill out the “IBP Interest Form” at the following link: http://ibp.nationalethanolconference.com/. For questions please contact Cora Dickson at Cora.Dickson@trade.gov. Additionally, as reference material please see the November 2016 Top Markets Report for Renewable Fuels: http://trade.gov/topmarkets/renewable-fuels.asp.
March 6-8, 2017: QITCOM Qatar Towards Smart Future Digital Event – Qatar
Join the U.S. Commercial Service at QITCOM 2017, Qatar’s biggest digital event, connecting smart technology with international expertise, industry leadership and innovators. QITCOM engages the IT Ecosystem, Fostering entrepreneurship, discussing the latest digital technologies, and showcasing the latest smart solutions. QITCOM 2017 brings together international CEOs and CIOs, Qatar’s key decision makers, smart technology providers, entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators under one umbrella to exchange ideas and collaborate towards achieving a smarter Qatar. Take advantage the U.S. Commercial Service staff who will be there to help maximize the value of your participation, by providing:
March 27 & 28, 2017: Asia-Pacific Business Outlook Conference (APBO) - Los Angeles
Participate in APBO 2017 to obtain first-hand information from the 50 experts who will come to Los Angeles to discuss the new challenges and new opportunities that will shape business decisions as Asia/Pacific economies continue to drive the global economy. APBO is a comprehensive networking and learning experience designed to provide you with the contacts and knowledge to grow and succeed Access 17 Markets in Two Days, including Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam LA Hotel Downtown. Cost: $799 until Feb 15. Discount Code for U.S. Commercial Service clients and partners: USCS2017 ($100 discount). For detailed information and registration please go to http://2016.export.gov/california/ca/events/apbo/index.asp. For questions, contact: Dan Kim at Kyungsoo.firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-312-353-4798.
April 24-28, 2017: Hannover Messe Trade Fair – Germany
Join the U.S. Commercial Service at the world's largest trade show focusing on industrial technology. HANNOVER MESSE offers unmatched international exposure for U.S. firms, associations, and economic development organizations looking to expand their international footprint. Featuring more than 200,000 attendees from over 70 countries, this fair provides an opportunity to showcase your products and technologies to the world.
The U.S. Commercial Service will be there to help maximize the value of your participation, by providing:
Reach out today and let us know you are interested in learning more about attending HANNOVER MESSE 2017 at http://2016.export.gov/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/hm17interestregistration/index.asp. For questions, please contact Dan Kim at Kyungsoo.Kim@trade.gov.
April 22-27, 2017: NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show– Las Vegas
Join the U.S. Commercial Service at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV. NAB is home to the world's largest collection of vendors driving the future of media and entertainment. From content creation to consumption, a myriad of solutions await you on the Show Floor and are organized into eight Exhibit Categories to allow for efficient exploration Get the first look at new products, discover import/export opportunities, and experience next-generation technologies through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations and technology-focused pavilions. Prepare to meet with C-level executives, trendsetters, and technology gurus responsible for advancing the tools you need to succeed in a digital world. The U.S. Commercial Service will be there to help maximize the value of your participation, by providing:
To learn more, please contact Rich Carpenter at Richard.email@example.com, or call 312-353-7711. In addition, consider ISTEP funding support options.
April 26-28, 2017: I3S Innovation in Infrastructure Security Business Forum UK
This Business Forum is targeted at U.S. companies with cyber and physical security solutions for critical national infrastructure and will present significant business and informational opportunities to them. The I3S Forum will highlight broad business opportunities for supply chain development and specific regional market intelligence. The program includes seminars, market briefings, networking events, and site visits in order to introduce U.S. Suppliers, and Service Providers to key decision makers in the UK, educate on local procurement practices, showcase innovative products and services, and help participants understand the implications of Brexit. Event details may be found HERE. For more details, please contact Kristina Schaferova at Kristina.Schaferova@trade.gov.
April 27-29, 2017: Costa Rica Community College Education Fair
The U.S. Commercial Service and Education USA Costa Rica would like to invite U.S. Community Colleges to participate in the second edition of the Community College Education Fair.
The fair will include:
**Please note: This fair is specifically targeted at Community Colleges/ Colleges with annual tuition fee lower than $15,000. Cost: $1950 (Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will also be the responsibility of each tour participant). For additional information, contact Stephanie Heckel Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.
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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