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Congratulations to Illinois’ “E”Award Winners
On Monday, May 18, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker honored 45 American companies and organizations, many of which are small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), at the 2015 President’s “E” Awards ceremony.  Four of the awardees are based in Illinois, and a fifth has offices in Illinois. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.  Garrett Popcorn Holding Company and Sumac, both of Chicago, won the “E” Award for Exports for demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period.  The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Governors State University and MB Financial Bank won the “E” Award for Export Service, recognizing their contributions to assist and facilitate export activities.  Trade Acceptance Group of Edina MN – with representation in Chicago – also won an “E” Award for Export Service.  Remarks Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker’s remarks at the ceremony are posted at: http://www.commerce.gov/news/secretary-speeches/2015/05/remarks-us-commerce-secretary-penny-pritzker-53rd-anniversary

Basic Guide to Exporting 11th Edition Released
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s A Basic Guide to Exporting is revised and updated for today’s small business. This edition includes sample forms, information on exporter services, a checklist for choosing a foreign representative or distributor and a glossary of exporting terms. See here.

New Export Guide for A&E Firms Available
The 2015 Design Services Resources Guide: A Reference for U.S. Exporters has been released just in time for the National AIA Conference this week. This guide is designed to help U.S. firms, specifically small- and medium-sized enterprises, to identify promising markets for U.S. design service providers, as well as resources to help them succeed.  In industry trends toward increased international activity, this reference guide serves to assist U.S. firms with strategic planning to best position themselves for success in new markets. It offers foreign market intelligence along seven key market indicators and compiles comparative information to assist U.S. design firms with market selection.  This year’s guide provides information for eight countries: Brazil, China, India, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia.  New market information will continue to be added.  To obtain an electronic copy of this 74-page guide, please email debra.rogers@trade.gov.

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