ILLINOIS TRADE EVENTS

August 11-14, 2015: Individual Export Counseling on Opportunities in Uruguay - Chicago

Direct from our U.S. Commercial Service office in Uruguay, commercial assistant Maria Pacheco will offer one-on-one export counseling sessions in Chicago for firms interested in exploring the Uruguayan market.  Maria has worked with the Commercial Service for over 15 years, and specializes in the following industries: Apparel/Footwear/Textiles, Consumer Goods (Pet Foods and Supplies, Hotel and Restaurant Equipment, Household Consumer Goods, Books and Periodicals, Sporting Goods & Recreational equipment, Cosmetics and Toiletries, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Jewelry, Giftware), Packaging/Printing, Veterinary Products & Equipment.  Uruguay is an exciting market opportunity in one of the healthiest economies in Latin America. The country’s size, consumer confidence and low perceived levels of corruption make it a good option as a test market for the rest of the region. U.S. telecom and IT, construction and chemicals firms are especially encouraged to look into the possibility of exporting to Uruguay.  Venue: US Export Assistance Center – Chicago, 200 W. Adams St., #2450 or your office if downtown.   For more information or to schedule an appointment, please send an email to office.chicago@trade.gov

September 1, 2015: Standards in Trade Workshop: China Brownfields Remediation – Chicago

Environmental technology firms and companies wishing to export their products and services to the Chinese market are invited to attend this Standards in Trade workshop in Chicago. Sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the conference aims to educate attendees about remediation priorities and expectations with sessions led by U.S. and Chinese delegations, coupled with case studies and a networking reception afterwards. Event is free , but registration by August 14, 2015 is required to attend. Sign up online at https://www.nist.tsworkshops.certain.com/1312, and contact pat.harris@nist.gov with any questions about the workshop program.

 

September 15-18, 2015: Individual Export Counseling on Opportunities in Brazil - Chicago

The U.S. Commercial Service-Chicago is excited to welcome Denise Barbosa from the U.S. Commercial Service in São Paulo, Brazil to our office, where she will be offering one-on-one export counseling sessions for firms interested in exporting possibilities in Brazil. Denise’s industry portfolio includes: Beauty & Cosmetics, Hotel/Restaurant Equipment. Brazil is the largest country in Latin America with a growing middle class eager to consume American goods and services. By 2020, Brazil is projected to be the fifth-largest consumer market in the world, ahead of France and the UK. Infrastructure and construction industries feature promising market opportunities for US companies, in addition to the following sectors:  oil and gas, agricultural equipment, building and construction, aerospace and aviation, safety and security devices, IT, medical equipment, sporting goods, environmental technologies, retail, and transportation. Venue: US Export Assistance Center – Chicago, 200 W. Adams St., #2450 or your office if downtown.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please send an email to office.chicago@trade.gov.

 

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, as will specialists from the Environmental Protection Agency.  SAVE the DATE – More info forthcoming.  The local contact for this show will be Chicago Senior Int’l Trade Specialist Debra Rogers at Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

September 29, 2015: Defense Trade Essentials Seminar - Rosemont, IL
The U.S Commercial Service in Chicago and the Illinois District Export Council are co-organizing a defense trade controls workshop to give participants an overview/update of Export Control Reform (ECR) issues, the compliance and enforcement environment, obligations under the export administration regulations, international traffic in arms regulations and real world enforcement and compliance considerations. Learn from industry practitioners on panels discussing export control reform, FCPA & OFAC and justification & classification. 7:00 am - 5:00 pm at Embassy Suites O’Hare Rosemont, 5500 North River Road, Rosemont. Following the seminar, participants are invited to network at a reception from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Fee for the seminar is $325. For registration and additional information please see http://calendar.itagc.org/docs/ITAGC_Calendar_6921.pdf. For questions, contact: matthew.poole@trade.gov

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 office.chicago@trade.gov. Registration Deadline: Monday, September 28th. For questions, contact Matthew Poole, Chicago US Export Assistance Center, at 312-353-8040.

November 13, 2015:  Study Illinois International Student Transfer Fair – Chicago

Save the date!  Study Illinois will hold a Fair for all international students enrolled in Illinois community colleges so they can meet 4-year colleges and universities to discuss transfer possibilities. Venue:  Columbia College Chicago.  Contact for more information: Skye Rust at Srust@colum.edu

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