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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

Fee Increase for Gold Key Matchmaking and other Services as of October 1
As you may know, Federal agencies are required to charge fees to cover the costs for activities that provide a special benefit to individual recipients. U.S. Commercial Service fees have been the same since 2008, and since then our costs have naturally gone up. As a result, we must implement an updated fee and service schedule on October 1, 2017.  Company size standards will also be updated to comply with Federal law that requires agencies to follow certain small business size standards. The new fees and standards were announced in the Federal Register on July 10, and can be viewed here . There will now be 3 company size tiers as follows:

Small Business:  The company qualifies as a “small business” under SBA’s size standards matched to the North American Industry Classification System Codes.Check the online tool that makes it easy to determine company size

Medium-sized Business: The company does not qualify under SBA’s size standards matched to the North American Industry Classification System Codes, but has less than $1 billion in annual revenue.

Large Business:  The company does not qualify under SBA’s size standards matched to the North American Industry Classification System Codes and has more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

The new fee schedule is a bit more complicated, but to give an example, the cost of a Gold Key Matchmaking Service will go from $700 to $950 for a small company, and from $2300 to $3400 for a large company, whereas the fee for the new category of medium-sized company will be $2300.  Services be paid for by September 30, 2017 will still be eligible for the current pricing and company size standards.  We value the opportunity to help expand your international business and hope you will continue to use our services.

Local Events

September 19 – 22, 2017:  Process Expo – Chicago - McCormick Place
PROCESS EXPO is the largest and fastest-growing food equipment trade show in the western hemisphere, dedicated to strictly food and beverage processing. It attracts over 19,000 key decision-makers from the global food and beverage industry. Attendees represent the full spectrum of food manufacturing professionals, from corporate executives to plant managers, chief engineers to brand managers, packaging directors, to purchasing agents. The U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program(IBP) is recruiting pre-screened foreign buyer delegations to come to PROCESS EXPO, in order to connect U.S. companies with international buyers. International trade specialists from the Department will be at the International Trade Center onsite to provide export counseling, matchmaking services, market analysis and more! If your Illinois company plans to exhibit at Process Expo and is interested in connecting with US Department of Commerce Commercial Service Staff, please email Haley.Pitonyak@trade.gov to register your interest.  For information and registration for the Process Expo show itself, please see http://www.myprocessexpo.com/
 

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 buyer delegations from 15 countries to attend.  The preliminary list is as follows: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, and Vietnam.  If your Illinois company plans to exhibit at WEFTEC and is interested in connecting with these international delegations or hosting them for a site visit, please email Debra.Rogers@trade.gov to register your interest.  For information and registration for the WEFTEC show itself, please see www.weftec.org

Webinars

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

August 16, 2017 @ 9:00 CDT: The Automotive Revolutions is Now: Exports to Europe – Free Webinar
Webinar organized by the U.S. Commercial Service. Hear from automotive experts regarding opportunities in becoming a successful supplier to the German and European Union Original Equipment Manufacturers and leading system suppliers. 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. CDT. No charge; advance registration required. For information& registration, please see:  http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37892&InputType=EVENT .
 

August 16, 2017 @ noon CDT: Gettingn to Global E-Commerce: PAYMENTS 101 – Free Webinar
First in a series of webinars, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, eCommerce Innovation Lab, and the strategic partners of the Getting to Global initiative.  Presentations by Matthew Cannon, VP of Business Development, GoInterpay and Carl Miller, Founder, Global Retail Insights Network (GRIN), who will address: Getting Paid; How to Use Global Credit Cards; When to Use Alternative Payment Options; VAT and FX. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see:  http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37870&InputType=EVENT

August 17, 2017:  Export Controls in the Cloud (201 Series) – Webinar
Last 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. 12:00 – 1:30 p.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 17, 2017 @ noon CDT: AES/EEI REGULATIONS – Webinar
Second in a 12-part webinar series on exporting mechanics, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute. In this webinar, exporters will learn about the Automated Export System (AES), the legal requirements for filing in AES, the process on how to submit your Electronic Export Information (EEI) to AES, and the use of authorized agents as an option to filing the EEI. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CDT. Fee: $25. For information& registration, please see: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QCQ

August 18, 2017 @ 11:00am CDT:  Exploring Commercial Opportunities in Southeast Europe – Free Webinar
Hans Klemm, U.S. Ambassador, Embassy of the United States, Bucharest, Romania, his Economic Team, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Romania will discuss opportunities for U.S. businesses in Romania and provide information on Trade Winds 2017,the largest annual U.S. government-led trade mission organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, and the Southeast Europe Business Forum, scheduled for October 18-20 in Bucharest. (See below under “Trade Missions” for more on Trade Winds 2017). No charge; advance registration required. For information& registration, please see: https://www.state.gov/e/eb/directline/events/272995.htm

August 21, 2017 @ 8:00pm CDT:  Infrastructure & Construction Opportunities in Indonesia – Free Webinar
Indonesia’s construction industry is forecast to grow by 6.1% in 2017 and average 6.9% growth annually through 2021.  Among the ASEAN countries, Indonesia showed the highest contribution from the construction industry, as a result of its rapid infrastructure development plan.  The industry’s growth over the forecast period will be driven by investment in residential, infrastructure and energy construction projects.  Growth is also driven by the country’s development program over 2015-2019, under which the government aims to develop the country’s transport infrastructure.  Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, this webinar will feature speakers from the U.S. Commercial Service office at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Turner Construction, and the organizer of the Big 5 Construction trade show taking place in Jakarta November 8-10, 2017.  Please register online at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QDB

August 21, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT: Growing Global in Aerospace & Defense – Free Webinar
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, this webinar will focus on the new realities facing the A&D industry and how U.S. manufacturers in the A&D supply chain can embrace the issue and strengthen their position in global markets through proactive collaboration and integration. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37904&InputType=EVENT.

August 21, 2017 @ 11:00am CDT: Opportunities in Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Sector – Free Webinar
U.S. Chargé d'Affaires to Saudi Arabia Christopher Henzel invites you to participate in a Direct Line webinar discussing opportunities for U.S. businesses in Saudi Arabia's renewable energy sector. Worth $30 billion, the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) of Saudi Arabia is one of the largest government-run renewable energy programs in the world. The NREP aims to establish 9.5 gigawatts of solar, wind, and waste-to-energy plants by 2023. Join Chargé d'Affaires Henzel and representatives from the Saudi Ministry of Energy as they provide an overview of the National Renewable Energy Program, answer questions, and highlight business and investment opportunities for U.S. firms. Please register at: https://www.state.gov/e/eb/directline/contact/272857.htm

August 23, 2017 @ 8:00am CDT:  Petrochemical Opportunities in Taiwan – Free Webinar
An exclusive webinar organized by the U.S. Commercial Service for U.S. companies interested in the Taiwanese petrochemical industry, including Agricultural Chemicals, Chemical Production Machinery, Environmental Technologies, General Science & Technology, Industrial Chemicals, Oil/Gas/Mineral Prod/Explor Serv., Plastics Materials/Resins. Taiwan is actively seeking to develop what is being presented as the "circular economy".  Companies are looking for partners in “green” chemical processing, waste water treatment, and smart manufacturing.  A “Circular Economic & Green Product (materials) Park” is expected to be created in Kaohsiung.  Significant opportunities exist for companies with technology or equipment that provides greener or safer processing equipment.  No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37889&InputType=EVENT

August 23, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. CDT:  Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in Cote D’Ivoire – Free Webinar
Over the past five years, Côte d’Ivoire has been one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world. The Ivoirian market offers opportunities in energy, agricultural processing, franchising, and mining among other fields. The booming consumer market and sharply rising infrastructure needs provide plenty of opportunities for U.S. businesses, but the number of U.S. businesses in the market is still small. This Direct Line webinar will inform U.S. companies about commercial opportunities, how to approach the market, find a partner, and make contacts. Please register by Monday, August 21, 2017 by clicking here.

August 29, 2017: Promoting U.S. Higher Education to Mongolian Students – Free Webinar
Direct Line webinar sponsored by the Bureau of Economic & Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, U.S. Ambassador, Embassy of the United States, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia will discuss opportunities for U.S. colleges and universities seeking to tap the Mongolian student market and understand the important factors that Mongolian students consider when deciding on their postsecondary school options. 6:00 p.m. CDT. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see: https://www.state.gov/e/eb/directline/events/273015.htm.

September 6, 2017: Business Opportunities in the Bahamas for U.S. Companies – Webinar
Second in a six-part series of webinars on the Caribbean region sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service. Participants will learn about business opportunities and best prospect sectors in the Bahamas, as well as how to finance U.S. exports in the Caribbean Region. 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. CDT. Fee: $35. For information & registration, please see:
http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37832&InputType=EVENT
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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

September 27, 2017 @ 11:00am CDT: Export Compliance for Beginners – Webinar
In this webinar, exporters will understand U.S. export controls, sanctions regulations, the export license process, and tips for developing and implementing a compliance program.  This webinar is for the beginner or new to exporting U.S. small and medium size business.  Fee:  $25.  Please register online at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QCS .  For questions contact: Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov

October 11, 2017:  Export Control Basics – Webinar
Fourth in a 12-part webinar series on exporting mechanics, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute. In this webinar, exporters will learn about the export control regulatory requirements and best practices for complying with them; they will also learn about product and technology classification, customer due diligence, screening, as well as handling controlled technology deemed exports. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CDT. Fee: $25. For information & registration, please see: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=8Q8V.

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

October 18, 2017 @ 5:00pm CDT:  Australia's Energy Storage Sector- Opportunities for U.S. Firms – Webinar
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service in Australia, this renewable energy sector business webinar will focus on energy storage solutions. The Australian renewable energy sector is growing as the country integrates new clean energy sources into the existing energy grid. U.S. firms have recently won high profile projects in the renewable energy space. Given the recent energy crisis in South Australia and other looming energy problems on Australia’s east coast, the need for new energy storage solutions to build a more efficient, secure and resilient energy grid has never been greater.  Featuring a panel of U.S. government officials and market experts, the webinar will help attendees:
·         Gain insights on business opportunities in the energy storage sector in Australia;
·         Understand the South Australian government’s energy environment and opportunities;
·         Solidify business strategies through services offered by USCS Australia; and
·         Learn from companies successfully doing business in the Australian energy storage market.
Speakers will include James Carouso, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Douglas Wallace, Commercial Counselor for Australia & New Zealand, James Shea, Energy and Environment Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Georgina Harrowell, Commercial Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service in Sydney, Joshua Carmichael, Director of Low Carbon Economy South Australian Government, and Luke Osborne, Director and COO Reposit Power.  Register Today at: http://bit.ly/2vyFP3X  | Cost USD$25.00.  For more information, contact: Commercial Specialist Georgina Harrowell, Email: Georgina.Harrowell@trade.gov / Tel: +61-2-9373-9203

October 18, 2017: Getting to Global eCommerce: Legal & Regulatory 101 - Webinar
Third in a series of webinars, organized by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, eCommerce Innovation Lab, and the strategic partners of the Getting to Global initiative, will focus on Export Compliance Online & IPR: Protecting Your Brand. 12:00 p.m. CDT. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see: http://2016.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=37873&InputType=EVENT

November 8, 2017 @ noon CDT:  ATA Carnet 101 – Webinar
In this webinar, exporters will learn what an ATA Carnet is and why you should use one. They will also learn what countries accept ATA Carnets and how to clear an ATA Carnet with Customs.  This webinar is for the beginner or new to exporting U.S. small and medium size business.   Please register online at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=8Q8X .  For questions contact: Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov
 

Trade Missions

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 26-28, 2017: Automotive Trade Mission to Central America: Honduras and Nicaragua
The Auto Care Association and the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration announce an opportunity to enter and expand your export business to Central America. The United States is Honduras’ and Nicaragua’s largest trade and economic partner and under the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), 100 percent of U.S. consumer and industrial goods exports to Honduras and Nicaragua are no longer subject to tariffs. Since its implementation, exports to the region have increased by at least 62 percent. For details about the trade mission and to register, visit www.autocare.org/trade-missions or contact: Dan.Kim@trade.gov for additional information.
 

October 16-20, 2017:  Sustainable Building & Construction Trade Mission to Mexico
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service. 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, see http://2016.export.gov/trademissions/mexicobuild/   For specific questions, contact Oscar.Magana@trade.gov.  Apply by September 1.

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 16-20, 2017:  Trade Missions to Azerbaijan and Georgia
The U.S. Commercial Service has certified two back to back trade missions to Azerbaijan and Georgia.   These separate missions are being organized by The United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC))  and The America-Georgia Business Council (AGBC), both of which are based in Washington D.C.  These multi-sector trade missions are open to all U.S. exporters and subsidiaries of U.S. companies that are interested in expanding into these two untapped and growing economies.  
Azerbaijan
, with a GDP of $37.5 billion, is a country on the move with countless opportunities for business. Despite recent commodity-price drops, the country’s long-term growth prospects continue to be bright due to its large oil and gas resources. Azerbaijan is also intensifying its efforts to diversify its economy in key sectors like agriculture, IT, infrastructure, transportation, and tourism. The chemical/petrochemical industry, food industry, aviation/aerospace, healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, banking and finance are other promising sectors.
Georgia
, with a GDP of 14.5 billion, has many trade agreements in place that provide opportunities for companies to access not only its 4.4 million residents, but the wider region via lower customs tariffs. Georgia’s being on the historic Silk Road also makes it an attractive transit country for goods moving between Europe and Central Asia. The Georgian Government has identified energy, tourism, technology, manufacturing, logistics, agriculture and food processing as key sectors for growth.
U.S. companies have the choice to participate in one or both missions, and can explore these markets for new business opportunities, meet with pre-screened distributors, customers and business partners, government officials and network with key business people.  The dates of the Azerbaijan Mission are Oct 16-18, and the Georgia mission will take place Oct 18-20, 201.  Participation costs for each mission is $2000.  To register for the Azerbaijan CTM, please contact: - Susan Sadigova chamber@usacc.org +1 (202) 333-8702 or Serdar Cetinkaya Serdar.cetinkaya@trade.gov  To register for the Georgia CTM, please contact: - Irine Asatiani americageorgiabusiness@gmail.com +1 (202) 423-1054  or Ebru Olcay at ebru.olcay@trade.gov   For more information, see: https://www.usacc.org/ and  http://www.agbdc.com/   

October 22 – 30, 2017: U.S. Healthcare Trade Mission to Africa (South Africa & 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 developing renewable energy and smart grid opportunities, and to assist U.S. companies in developing partnerships and contacts in the market. Participants will have the opportunity to advance their business development, learn about and provide input for policy and regulatory discussions aimed at advancing U.S. export interests, and possibly visit some of Canada’s critical energy infrastructure sites. All U.S companies who are part of the industry supply chain are encouraged to apply: companies new to the Canadian market will gain support as they identify a market entry strategy and key business partners, while companies already active in the market will have the chance to build new connections with industry and government leaders. The mission is open to all U.S. firms and organizations in the renewable energy sector focused on: solar, wind, and hydro power generation, transmission, distribution, and storage technologies. Application deadline: August 31, 2017.  For information & an application, please see: http://2016.export.gov/trademissions/canadarenewablesmission/  For questions, contact Michael.Marangell@trade.gov at the U.S. Commercial Service – Chicago office.

March 5-9, 2018:  Smart Grid and Energy Storage Trade Mission to New Delhi, Hyderabad, & Mumbai
This executive-led mission is being organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA).  With a population of 1.3 billion, India’s per capita energy consumption is one of the lowest in the world, with more than 300 million people currently lacking access to electricity, and 250 million people with intermittent electricity access limited to three or four hours per day. Despite considerable growth in the power sector, many parts of India continue to face severe power shortage as consumption increases faster than distribution.  The Government of India pledged to provide continuous power (24/7) for all citizens within the next five years. With a dramatic increase of energy from renewable sources, India’s grid requires solutions to incorporate a range of energy sources, intermittent capacity levels, and storage options. India intends to adopt new technologies, and has announced several demonstrations and pilot projects for renewable energy integration solutions for micro-grids, utilities, and large-scale distribution networks.  For more information about the trade mission and how to apply, please visit the mission website and/or contact Dinah McDougall (Dinah.McDougall@trade.gov) and Vickie Gunderson (Victoria.Gunderson@trade.gov).

Other Opportunities and Events

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 18-20, 2017:  Discover Global Markets: U.S. Manufacturers to Europe & Beyond – Cleveland, OH
Discover Global Markets is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s flagship event series for U.S. exporters. In just two and a half days, attendees at Discover Global Markets will uncover new exporting opportunities, learn from seasoned exporters, and connect with hundreds of networking contacts. This conference will feature a dynamic mix of keynote speakers, general and sector-specific breakout sessions, pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from all over Europe,“ask the experts” and OEM panels, and plenty of time built in for networking.  The program will focus on the following four tracks:  Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Automotive, and Export Tradecraft.  Industry leaders from GE, Pratt & Whitney, Rockwell Automation, Association for Manufacturing Technology, Siemens, and many more, will be in attendance.   Cost:  $395.  For more information and registration, please see bit.ly/DGMUSmanufacturers

September 18-22, 2017: PERUMIN in Arequipa, Peru
Hosted in the mining region of Arequipa, Peru, PERUMIN attracts the top decision makers of mining companies and mining trade associations from Peru and beyond. Thanks to funding provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce: International Trade Administration’s Market Development Cooperator Program, Duquesne University’s Impact Project is subsidizing exhibit space for participating U.S. companies. Companies that are selected to participate will benefit from: exhibit development assistance; translation into Spanish of your display and up to 4 pages of a marketing brochure; and, access to translation services. The U.S. Embassy will offer a country briefing to Impact Project participants before the event begins and Impact Project staff will be on hand to facilitate introductions between your firm and key mining sector officials. PERUMIN includes the technology fair EXTEMIN with 1,600 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors including dealers, distributors, and producers. Click HERE for more information. Or, contact Allison Mello at Allison.Mello@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.

April 19-21, 2018:  Costa Rica Community College Education Fair – San Jose, Costa Rica
The U.S. Commercial Service and EducationUSA would like to invite U.S. community colleges for the 3rd edition of the Costa Rica Community College Education Fair.  Costa Rica is a strong market for attracting community college students interested in studying in the U.S, as affordability is a key decision-making factor.   In addition, the U.S. Commercial Service and EducationUSA have undertaken an extensive media campaign in Costa Rica to educate the market on community colleges and their benefits.  To participate, community colleges must be appropriately accredited, have annual tuition of $15,000 or less, and have housing options for international students.
The program will include:
Four high school fairs in San Jose (over 800 students expected, representing 20 Costa Rican high schools)
Presentation and fair with high school counselors and directors
An Open Education Fair with students and parents, to take place on Saturday, April 21st (over 1,000 students attended the open fair in 2017)
Optional cultural event
Transportation services to and from the airport and some meals
The participation fee is $2,050 (one school representative; extra school representative $1,000 charge).  Expenses for travel, lodging, some meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each participant.  For additional information, please contact Stephanie Heckel  with the Global Education Team, U.S. Commercial Service at 336-333-5345 or Stephanie.Heckel@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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