September 25, 2015: Expand Your Business to Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, & Oman – Chicago

Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman have established Free Trade Agreements with the United States, generating additional export opportunities by reducing barriers to market entry and creating a more stable, transparent trade environment for U.S. companies. The Middle East & North Africa Consultants Association (MENACA) is bringing Embassy officials and regional experts, including from the U.S. Department of Commerce, together in Chicago for an interactive panel on business opportunities in these four countries. Those who participate will also have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one time with panelists to gain further perspectives on their specific industries and discuss company-specific considerations. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at K&L Gates, 70 W Madison St #3100, Chicago, IL 60602.

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September 26-30, 2015:  WEFTEC – Chicago, IL

The U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program and the U.S. Commercial Service is inviting U.S. manufacturers and service providers to meet with foreign buyers at WEFTEC, the largest annual water and wastewater technology conference and trade show. U.S. Commercial Service overseas staff is recruiting international buyers from over 10 international markets, including Chile, Mexico, India, Brazil, and China. They will be working to connect these delegates to U.S. suppliers through complimentary business-to-business matchmaking sessions. Additionally, visiting staff will be available for counseling sessions with U.S. companies and can provide country-specific market information and discuss the export potential of your product(s) and/or service(s)., Specialists from SBA and the Environmental Protection Agency will also be on hand.

To arrange to meet with our Commercial Specialists from any of the 21 countries represented on Sept 28 or 29, please to register, or contact For questions, contact Chicago Senior Int’l Trade Specialist Debra Rogers at

September 29, 2015: Evolving Export Controls, Compliance, & Enforcement – Rosemont, IL
Program hosted by the: Illinois District Export Council; International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; U.S. Commercial Service Chicago. Sponsors include: Livingston International; Alston+Bird LLP; MB Financial Bank; Trade Compliance Solutions.

Topics include: Overview of Current Defense Trade Controls; Export Control Reform; Financing Defense Exports; Jurisdiction & Classification; FCPA & OFAC; Automation: Essential Software and Record Keeping Requirements; Practical Tips; Industry Panel on Best Practices.

Keynote: Craig Healy, Director, Export Enforcement Coordination Center, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

Program: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Reception follows), Embassy Suites O’Hare – Rosemont, 5500 North River Road, Rosemont, IL.

Members of hosting & sponsoring organization - $275 (by September 15; $325 thereafter); Non-members - $325 (by September 15; $375 thereafter). For information & registration, please see:; e-mail:, or call 773/725-1106.

September 30, 2015: Academia & Related Export Controls: The Impact of Non-Compliance – Chicago
This unique program is designed specifically for academic institutions, labs, federally funded research and development centers and any entity doing research with foreign nationals and/or foreign persons. Anyone involved in compliance, including legal, principal researchers, professors and students are all invited and will benefit from the exchange. This interactive and practical application-focused seminar addresses key aspects of trade compliance and the consequences of getting it right or wrong in the context of the research community and evolving Export Control Reform. It includes lessons learned from real world case studies and settlements with the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and Justice.

Hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago in association with the U.S. Commercial Service, the Midwest Research University Network, and the Illinois District Export Council, this no-cost academia/research–focused session is being held in conjunction with the September 29th program above. 1:00-3:00pm at UIC’s Student Center East/Tower, Rower Room 302, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago. To register, email your full name, title, organization, phone number, and address to Registration Deadline: Monday, September 28th. For questions, contact Matthew Poole, Chicago US Export Assistance Center, at 312-353-8040.

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