ILLINOIS TRADE EVENTS

March 7-10, 2015: International Home and Housewares Show – Chicago, IL
The International Home & Housewares Show is the world's largest ‘home and housewares' marketplace, where 2,100 exhibiting companies will have the opportunity to showcase thousands of new products and designs in nearly 800,00 square feet of exhibition space to more than 60,000 professional attendees from over 100 countries. As this show is part of the U.S. Commercial Service International Buyer Program, our agency will be recruiting international delegations, organizing B2B meetings, and will be on site for trade counseling. For more information please contact Haley Pitonyak at haley.pitonyak@trade.gov.

March 27, 2015: Doing Business in Latin America - University Park, IL
The U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago along with Governors State University, Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research, Illinois SBDC and International Trade Center will host this event which will give valuable insight to businesses in the Chicago area who are interested in the emerging markets of Latin America. This event will focus mainly on the opportunities and challenges in Brazil, Columbia, and Panama. Attendees will learn about:

1.    Market Entry Strategies

2.    Financing both trade and investments in Latin America

3.    Practices which Illinois companies have already used to succeed in these markets.

9:00am-2:30pm at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484. For more information, please contact Mary Ma at hma@govst.edu.

May 26, 2015: Individual Export Counseling on Opportunities in El Salvador – Chicago
The Senior Commercial Specialist from our U.S. Commercial Service office in El Salvador, Lidia Sosa, will be in Chicago to meet one-on-one with firms interested in accessing the El Salvador market.  Lidia is especially knowledgeable on opportunities for U.S. exporters in the following sectors: travel and tourism, education/student recruitment, hotel and restaurant equipment, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. El Salvador offers a steady and growing market for a wide range of U.S. goods and services. The bilateral commercial relationship between the United States and El Salvador is strong in both trade and investment. El Salvador uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency. The majority of El Salvador’s imports come from the United States, and nearly 50% of El Salvador’s exports go to the U.S.  Venue: US Export Assistance Center – Chicago, 200 W. Adams St., #2450.   For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Haley.Pitonyak@trade.gov.

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