June 3, 2015: Individual Export Counseling on Opportunities in Mexico – Chicago
Principal Commercial Officer from our U.S. Commercial Service office in Guadalajara, Mexico, Linda Caruso, will be in Chicago to meet one-on-one with firms interested in accessing the Mexican market.  Linda is especially knowledgeable on opportunities for U.S. exporters in the following sectors: Agricultural Chemicals, Agricultural Machinery & Equipment, Agricultural Services, Automotive, Consumers Goods, Electronic Components, Food Processing & Packaging Equipment, Forestry/Woodworking Machinery. Mexico is the 3rd largest trading partner of the U.S., and represents the second largest export market of U.S. products & services. Since its enactment in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) bolstered the strong manufacturing industries on both sides of the border, facilitating an active exchange in parts and components along supply chains for various sectors, including: automotive, aerospace, consumer appliances, electronics, and medical devices. Venue: U.S. Export Assistance Center - Chicago, 200 W. Adams St. For more information, or to schedule an appointment or conference call, please contact

June 4-30, 2015:  Metro Chicago Exports Fabricated Metals Export Seminars – Various Locations
Please join Metro Chicago Exports, Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, and Illinois International Trade Centers for the Fabricated Metals Export Seminars.  The seminars will help manufacturers understand the benefits of exporting and provide connections to the right resources to grow globally, such as the U.S. Commercial Service and the SBA. Seminars will be held at the following convenient locations:  June 4 - Choose DuPage (Lisle)  / June 9 - Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (Chicago) / June 16 - Will County Economic Development Corporation (Joliet) / June 23 - Lake County Partners (Lincolnshire)  / June 30 - Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (Chicago). Future seminars will focus on other industries, including medical equipment, machinery, plastics, and precision instruments. For more information and to register, please visit

June 10, 2015: Think Asia, Think Hong Kong – Chicago
Diversify your business in Asia, meet potential partners or investors, and discover emerging opportunities at the 2015 “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” symposium. Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and supported by over 30 major US business/industry associations, this full day conference is the largest Hong Kong/Asia-US event ever to take place in the Midwest. Included is a general symposium, networking luncheon, and industry focused break-out sessions. Speakers at this event include: The Hon. C.Y. Leung, The Chief Executive, HKSAR, People’s Republic of China; The Hon. Laura Cha, Chairman, Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong; and Stefan Selig, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.  Venue:  McCormick Place, West Building.  To register for this event:  For more information contact Christine Barragan at

June 25, 2015:  American Express Grow Global – Chicago
This event is designed to help get middle-market businesses on the path to doing business internationally and boosting profits.  Topics include: Exporting Myths and Opportunities; Getting Your First International Customer and Growing Your Customer Base Globally; Preempting Unnecessary Risks and Navigating the Unknowns of Exporting; Experienced Exporters Idea Exchange; Secrets to Success from Successful Exporters.  This event is supported by the U.S. Commercial Service –Chicago, the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment, and the International Trade Center at Governor’s State University; and sponsored by American Express.  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Peninsula Chicago, 108 East Superior Street, Chicago.  No charge; advance registration required.  For information & registration, please see:

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 .  For questions, contact:        

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

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