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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.

COMMERCIAL SERVICE-ILLINOIS NEWS

Your ILLINOIS Export Training Wishlist – Survey
The US Commercial Service Illinois is always working to best serve its clients. Please take this quick 5-question survey to let us know what types of local export programs you would be interested in attending: https://goo.gl/forms/gnsQzWjC4CICBfew2.

EXPORT NEWS

International Student Economic Impact Data Released
The Institute of International Education (IIE) released its latest annual report this week on international students studying in the U.S.  Analysis of the 2016-2017 academic year shows that international students and their dependents contributed $36.9 billion to the U.S. economy.  NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, also estimates that 450,331 jobs were created or supported during this same time frame, meaning three U.S. jobs were created or supported for every seven enrolled international students (analysis excludes students on post-completion optional practical training). This is a 12.4% increase in jobs supported and a 12.5% increase in dollars contributed to the economy from the prior academic year.  Illinois has held on to its position as the 5th most popular state for international students, hosting over 52,000 students who contribute over $1.7 billion on the Illinois economy.  The economic contributions of international students are in addition to the immeasurable academic and cultural value these students bring to our campuses and local communities. They support innovation and research, build bridges between Americans and other nationalities, and bring global perspectives into U.S. classrooms.  For more details, see https://www.iie.org/Research-and-Insights/Open-Doors/Open-Doors-2017-Media-Information.

2016 Metropolitan Area Export Statistics Released
The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA) released 2016 data on metropolitan area exports on October 13, 2017.  In 2016, merchandise exports to the world from 389 U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) totaled $1.29 trillion, of which 152 MSAs exported more than $1 billion. The New York metropolitan area was the top goods exporter in 2016, surpassing Houston which was the top exporter from 2012-2015. Rounding out the top 5 were Seattle, Los Angles and Chicago. Additional information can be found on ITA’s website at https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/metroreport/index.asp.

Top International Civil Nuclear Markets – 2017 Report Now Available
The purpose of the report is to identify best prospect markets in the civil nuclear energy sector and inform decision makers of key trends, opportunities, and challenges facing U.S. civil nuclear energy exporters.  The report provides a detailed assessment of the competitive landscape within the global civil nuclear sector, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing U.S. exporters in key markets.  It ranks 50 countries in terms of their readiness for nuclear energy and openness to U.S. civil nuclear exports.  Additionally, individual market ratings for exports related to new builds, existing reactors, and decommissioning are assessed on the basis of 19 qualitative and quantitative variables.  View or download the full report HERE.

LOCAL EVENTS

December 5, 2017:  Taiwan Water/Wastewater Opportunities Breakfast – Chicago
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Taiwan Trade & Development Council (TAITRA), K&L Gates, and Mandarin Environment invite you to attend an event to learn about and connect with water and wastewater market opportunities in Taiwan. What is the Opportunity? Taiwan is launching a major campaign to build and upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure, especially in southern Taiwan. Taiwan’s central authorities recently announced the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program for 2017-2024. Within the program, water resources and aquatic environment is listed as one of the five key areas where US $8.3 billion will be invested to solve current issues and meet future needs. The objective is to address challenges including water provision, flood prevention, and water-related infrastructure build up as priorities.  8:00-10:30am at K&L Gates, 11 W. Monroe, 38F, Chicago.  RSVP to jwr@mandarin-environment.com with cc to debra.rogers@trade.gov.

December 18, 2017:  Study Illinois Annual Meeting – Chicago
Study Illinois is the state’s International Education consortium, which was founded in 2003.  Membership consists of regionally accredited 2- and 4-year, public and private colleges and universities that are actively seeking to internationalize their campuses and attract international students.  Consortium members pool resources to raise the profile of the state of Illinois as a premier study destination for international students and professionals.  We will review the past year and the results of the survey (see below) to see how we can work to serve all Illinois schools in 2018 and beyond.  All current and prospective members are welcome to attend this meeting.  Please complete the following survey beforehand so that we can best address how Illinois can still be a top destination for international students. Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPVYjU4RA7Xd7-_MBCwaj9Xoq68F2xTJ2N7A6jbjzzM7w1kQ/viewform  10:00am – 1:00pm at Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center at 3201 S State St, Chicago IL 60616.  Registration fee includes lunch.  Members:  $20; Non-members: $30.  For questions, please contact Samantha Deleon at  sdeleon2@iit.edu or Dawn Hougland at dhougland@roosevelt.edu.

WEBINARS

November 28, 2017 @ 1:00pm CST:  Come Export at Hannover Messe 2018! – Webinar
Join this free, one hour webinar to learn about the exciting opportunities at Hannover Messe 2018 and the programs provided to U.S. exhibitors. Topics that will be covered include the impact that Hannover Messe has had for exhibitors over the years, an overview of provided by Hannover Fairs USA, the value-added services Commercial Service will provide, and what happens once you signed up. The webinar is FREE but requires registration. Register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=8QAG For questions contact Dan Kim at kyungsoo.kim@trade.gov.

December 6, 2017 at 1:00pm CST: Protecting Product designs in International Markets
The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs provides a practical business solution for registering up to 100 designs in over 65 territories through filing one single international application. This webinar is the second in a series designed to give exporters tools to protect their intellectual property when selling products internationally.  Boris Milef, Senior Legal Examiner, International Patent Legal Administration, will train U.S. companies through the process and procedures of The Hague System. The International Trade Administration’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights and the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office will discuss designs and how to protect them internationally and provide information on government resources available to US businesses.  Follow-on webinars will cover patents and the Patent Cooperation Treaty; and trade secrets. Cost: $25  Register Here Questions? Contact Matt Baker Matt.Baker@trade.gov.

December 6, 2017 @ 6:00pm CST: Enter the Retail eCommerce Market in Taiwan
Join us for a webinar from speakers that will give the most current eCommerce market trends in Taiwan and provide insights on Taiwan consumer behavior.  The top selling categories for eCommerce retail products in Taiwan are apparel and accessories; shoes and bags; household products; beauty and skin care; and mother and baby products. This webinar will also offer opportunities to learn about Taiwan’s eCommerce environment along with its business model and coach you on how to enter the eCommerce market through eTrader or specialty eCommerce platforms in Taiwan. eTraders are vital to tapping into the local market.  While some eTraders are responsible only for listing products online, others manage all aspects of selling the product locally, from advertising to logistics.  eTraders offer U.S. retailers a channel to test the water for the Taiwan market before making a commitment. Cost: $25 Registration Deadline:  November 30th, 2017 – Register here. Questions, contact: Suzette Nickle, Suzette.Nickle@trade.gov with a cc to Haley Pitonyak, Haley.Pitonyak@trade.gov.

December 6, 2017 @ noon CST:  Business Opportunities in the Bahamas for U.S. Companies – Webinar
The Bahamian economy is driven by tourism and financial services. It has the second highest per capital GDP in the English-speaking Caribbean, and the economy is very stable. The Bahamas imported $2.2 billion of U.S. goods in 2016, including 90% of its food.  Webinar 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.   Fee:  $35.  Please register online at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=7QCZ.

December 13, 2017 @ 7:00pm CST: Opportunities in China’s Medical Device Market – Webinar
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, this webinar will cover the following:

  • Overview of The China Medical Device Market (Latest research here)
  • Overview of current regulatory requirements that must be met to successfully enter the China market.
  • How to protect your IPR when exporting medical devices to China
  • The 2018 China International Medical Equipment Fair and opportunities for U.S. Companies

Cost: $25. Please register at: https://go.usa.gov/xn4VG.  For questions, contact Monica.Toporkiewicz@trade.gov.

TRADE MISSIONS

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).

May 6-11, 2018:  Caribbean Region Conference & Trade Mission

Miami \ Bahamas | Barbados | Dominican Republic | Haiti | Jamaica | Trinidad & Tobago
The 2018 Trade Americas program offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore six markets in the Caribbean Region.  Hosted in Miami, FL, the U.S. Commercial Service’s Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference will focus on regional-specific sessions, market entry strategies, legal, logistics, and trade financing resources as well as pre-arranged one-on-one consultations with Commercial Officers and/or Department of State Economic/Commercial Officers with expertise in commercial markets throughout the region.  The Caribbean Region, as a whole represents, a market of about 43 million people which collectively imported over $20.9 billion of U.S. goods in 2016. As a result, the region is the 3rd largest export market for U.S. manufactured goods in Latin America behind only Mexico and Brazil.  The combination of the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference and this trade mission, including its business-to-business matchmaking opportunities in up two Caribbean Countries, will provide participants with access to substantive information on strategies for entering or expanding their business across the Caribbean region. These events will allow U.S. companies to be able to gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, advance specific projects, and identify potential partners.  Participants can choose to attend the conference only, or the conference plus B2B meetings in one or two of the featured Caribbean countries. Application: Apply early, spaces are limited!  For more information, please contact: Delia Valdivia at Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov.

OTHER OPPORTUITIES AND EVENTS

November 24-29, 2017: Greater NY Dental Meeting – New York City
The U.S. Commercial Service will recruit pre-screened foreign buyer delegations from approximately 11 foreign markets to connect U.S. companies with international buyers. International trade specialists from the Department of Commerce will be at the International Business Center onsite at the show to provide export counseling, matchmaking services, market analysis. For more information: Carey.Esslinger@trade.gov, phone: 410-962-4539, or Crystal.Mills@trade.gov, phone: (504) 589-6703. Visit, http://www.gnydm.com.

December 4, 2017 @ 7:00pm CST: Virtual Education Fair with Hong Kong (December 5th at 9 am Hong Kong Time)
Reach student recruitment agents in Hong Kong without leaving your office!  This Virtual Education Fair will provide six educational institutions with the opportunity to present “live”(using online tools) to top recruitment agents in Hong Kong.  During the 2015/2016 academic year, Hong Kong ranked 21st leading place of origin for students coming to the United States (IIE Open Doors Report).  Over 66 percent of these students are seeking undergraduate studies in the United States to improve job prospects in Hong Kong.  Recently, there has been a rise in demand for high school education in the United States. Hong Kong parents do seek education agents to search for appropriate schools. U.S. schools should consider partnering with recruitment agents in Hong Kong to promote their programs and recruit students. Who Should Participate: U.S. Boarding Schools, Undergraduate Programs (STEM), and Special Education Schools. Limited to 6 U.S. educational institutions on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost: $710 per institution.  If you would like to register or have questions, please contact Gabriela.Zelaya@trade.gov, or Steven.Garrett@trade.gov with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

April 11-14, 2018: China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) and the 2018 Corporate Executive Office (CEO) Program - Shanghai, China
The Corporate Executive Office (CEO) Program is a trade show program designed to offer small and medium sized companies a method of exhibiting at a trade show. The CEO is a specific area on the trade show floor (generally located within or next to the USA Pavilion) that is subdivided into meeting space (with tables and chairs, one set per each U.S. company), business center (internet access, small desk, etc.) and small lounge/seating area. More info: https://2016.export.gov/industry/health/cmef/. Registration Deadline: Rolling until filled. Cost: $4,350. For more info:  Sandra.Campbell@trade.gov at (727) 893-3738 or Susan.Sadocha@trade.gov at (516) 427-9117.

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.

April 23-27, 2018: Hannover Messe 2018
Hannover Messe is seven leading trade shows and an investment summit all in one, with industry pavilions for Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Automation, Industrial Supply, Motion/Drive/Automation, ComVac, and Research and Technology, connecting exhibitors to potential customers across relevant industry sectors. The U.S. Commercial Service is here to help you capitalize on the opportunity — before, during, and after the event.

  • Our global network of industry experts will provide personalized, one-on-one counseling.
  • We will promote your company and facilitate introductions to buyers and potential partners from around the world.
  • Our value added services will help maximize your trip’s value, whether you are an experienced exhibitor or are attending for the first time.

Learn more and Register Your Interest today!

April 30-May 2, 2018: Discover Global Markets: Design + Construct – Kansas City, MO
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 these events will uncover new exporting opportunities, learn from seasoned exporters, and connect with hundreds of networking contacts.  Save the date for the next one!

  • Meet with our visiting U.S. Commercial Diplomats to craft international market entry strategies.  Markets for this conference to include: Brazil, Caribbean, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam
  • Discuss directly with project owners/developers about procurement needs
  • Learn nuanced licensure and registration requirements for worldwide markets
  • Receive guidance on trade barriers and market access issues for your firm
  • Leverage new U.S. Government international contacts to support your international sales growth
  • Gain market insight on geopolitical and economic issues affecting the AEC industries
  • Network with leading private sector experts and like-minded U.S. businesses active in overseas markets. For more conference information & to sign up for email updates, please go to https://2016.export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/.

May 8-May 11, 2018: State of Illinois Trade Mission to Food West Africa - Lagos, Nigeria
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 U.S. Pavilion at the Food West Africa (https://www.food-westafrica.com/en/home.html), trade show in Lagos, Nigeria from May 9 through May 11, 2018.  This opportunity is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program, 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 Office of Trade & Investment
  • Meet one-on-one with pre-screened potential agent/distributors in Lagos on May 8th.

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 a copy to Vicki Tolefree at email: vicki.tolefree@trade.gov, phone: 312-353-3748. Participating companies may opt to add on services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, which may also qualify for SBA STEP funding.

May 29-June 4, 2018: State of Illinois Trade Mission to Africa Health – Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa
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 U.S. Pavilion at the Africa Health (https://www.africahealthexhibition.com/en/home.html), trade show in Johannesburg, South Africa from May 29 through June 4, 2018.  This opportunity is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program, 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 Office of Trade & Investment
  • Meet one-on-one with pre-screened potential agent/distributors in Johannesburg on June 1st
  • Meet one-on-one with pre-screened potential agent/distributors in Cape Town on June 4th.

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 a copy to Vicki Tolefree at email: Vicki Tolefree at vicki.tolefree@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.

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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