The U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago, Peoria and Rockford organizes and supports conferences, seminars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade. Our goal is to help local U.S. exporters sell globally. A sampling of our events includes:

  • Executive briefings in our office with one of our visiting Commercial Service Officers from around the world.
  • Educational export seminars and online webinars.
  • Matchmaking and export counseling services at international trade shows overseas and the U.S.

By organizing trade missions and educational seminars; providing matching or export counseling services at trade shows; and recruiting buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows, the U.S. Government helps U.S. exporters expand global sales at trade events.


Three Illinois Companies Receive 2016 Export Award
On May 16, 2016, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods and services overseas or provide export-related services during the 2016 President’s “E” Awards ceremony. For the first time in the award’s 54-year history, winners represented every state and the District of Columbia. Of this year’s 123 honorees, 105 are small and medium-sized businesses, and 64 firms are manufacturers.  The Illinois awardees are as follows:

  • LR International, Inc., Franklin Park, IL  (E-Star Award for Export Service)
  • Greeley and Hansen, Chicago, IL  (E-Award)
  • Shank’s Veterinary Equipment, Inc., Milledgeville, IL (E-Award)

We in the U.S. Commercial Service Illinois offices extend our congratulations to these firms on their exporting success!

Metro Chicago Exports Grants – Deadline this Week!
Metro Chicago Exports
 has launched its 2016 Grant Program.  Applications will be accepted until May 27, 2016.  The single-round Grant Program will award grants up to $5,000 to help small and medium-sized companies navigate and address financial, structural and other barriers to exporting.  Companies located in Chicago or Northeastern Illinois with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply.  For more details about the Grant Program, including information about the application process and what expenses the grants may cover, please visit www.metrochicagoexports.com.

2016 Top Markets Reports Released
The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration's Top Markets Series provides a market assessment tool for U.S. exporters.  Each report ranks future export opportunities within a particular industry based on a sector-specific methodology. The reports provide a detailed assessment of the competitiveness landscape within a sector, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing U.S. exporters in key markets. Each report is available for download at http://trade.gov/topmarkets/ . Interested exporters can also download or view individual case studies within larger reports.  New sectors covered in this year’s reports include:  Franchising, Industrial Automation, Financial Technology, Manufacturing Technology, and Medical Devices.


November 1-3, 2016: Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities - Chicago, IL
Save the Date!
The U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago and the Illinois District Export Council are partnering to host this forum for U.S. companies on the opportunities created by the development of Smart Cities around the world. Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities will take place November 1-3, 2016 at the Swissôtel in Chicago. Participants will learn about: 1) demand for the transportation, utility, and telecommunications infrastructure that lay the foundation for connected smart cities; 2) the ways in which technology and the Internet of Things are being deployed to foster innovation, efficiency, and improvements in standards of living; and, 3) the adoption of sustainable technologies and planning efforts. In addition to panels of industry experts, U.S. Commercial Service staff from approximately 20 U.S. embassies around the world are expected. More information will be available soon. Contact: Michael Marangell at email: Michael.Marangell@trade.gov. Sponsorship opportunities available – for details, please see http://1.usa.gov/20waFR0.


May 26, 2016 @ 6:00pm CDT: China Oil and Gas Sector Opportunities - Webinar
China needs energy to meet the demands of its rapidly urbanizing population. This increase in demand has led China to become the largest global energy consumer and the world’s second largest oil consumer, with consumption growing at a 4% rate. The Chinse government is also issuing policy to decrease coal consumption and double natural gas usage by 2020. Join us as our industry experts discuss China’s energy import dependency and import demand lookout as well as share best practice insights through a SME case study. Discover opportunities for your business in China.  Register HERE. $20 Registration Fee. Click here for the agenda and program flyer.

June 15, 2016@ 12:00pm CDT: Discover Global Markets: Healthcare Connections- Free Webinar
The global health industry represents a diverse set of activities, products and services.  Learn about export sales opportunities for your product or service that serves global health, whether to save energy or improve IT processes and patient care, or sporting goods and nutrition, or apparel and devices, or any sector that contributes to the health and welfare of people around the globe.  During the webinar, you will hear from International Trade Specialists that cover the Healthcare Sector.  You will learn first-hand from three of our very best International Trade Specialists that cover the Healthcare Industry in their respective foreign markets: Brazil, Saudi Arabia, European Union.  Bonus: As a special bonus, your participation in the webinar will qualify you to receive an extended early-bird discount rate to the “Discover Global Markets:  Healthcare Connections” business forum.  You will also receive a preview about the different elements of the event, confidential counseling with market and industry specialists, how to take advantage of the buyer matching making program, and speakers and relevant topics.  Please register at http://1.usa.gov/27eTU1k or https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=6Q6L.


September 6-13, 2016:  Trade Winds—Latin America
The United States and Latin America have one of the most active trade relationships in the world—one that continues to provide opportunities for U.S. businesses of any size and in almost any sector. As an official U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service conference and multi-sector trade mission, TRADE WINDS—LATIN AMERICA is your company’s connection to business opportunities in Latin America. If your company is new to the region or is looking to tap into new markets, our signature Trade Winds Business Development Conference and Trade Mission is the ideal launching point for expansion throughout the continent. TRADE WINDS—LATIN AMERICA will be hosted in Chile, and you will have the opportunity to visit other promising markets to explore new opportunities with the help of our team. For more information, please see www.export.gov/tradewinds or contact tradewinds@trade.gov.

September 26-30, 2016: Transportation Technologies, Equipment & Systems Trade Mission to Turkey
This mission will introduce U.S. companies to the $250 billion Turkish transportation market. Trade mission delegates will travel to Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul to attend pre-scheduled meetings/networking events with municipal/government officials/potential trading partners/end users to understand the business and transportation environment in Turkey.  The following technologies hold especially high potential for U.S. Exports: Railroads & Airports:  Turkey has set a target to reach full completion of the privatization of railroads, as well as the connection of marine ports and railroads by 2012. Within aviation, the number of domestic and international flights has greatly increased, leading to a significant increase in total passenger and cargo traffic and the investment in new airport projects. Intelligent Transportation Systems:  Turkish firms and municipalities are looking for intelligent transportation systems and high-tech equipment to assist them in their development and implementation efforts in fields such as Real Time Locating Systems, Traffic Engineering, Adaptive Traffic Management Technologies, Air Traffic Control Systems, Signalization Systems, Beacon Technology, Electronic Detection System, Digital Information Systems, Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management Aviation Systems and Technologies, LED Lighting, etc. For more info, see http://export.gov/trademissions/turkeytransportationtech and/or contact Kent.Campbell@trade.gov or Berrin.Erturk@trade.gov. Application Deadline:  July 29, 2016.

October 19-21, 2016: Subsea & Onshore Technology Trade Mission to Brazil
For more information, see http://www.export.gov/trademissions/braziloilandgas/index.asp . Contact Julius Svoboda at Julius.Svoboda@trade.gov or Rodrigo Correa at Rodrigo.Correa@trade.gov . Application deadline is July 24, 2016.

November 13-17, 2016: Information & Communication Technology Trade Mission on Cyber-security to Turkey
The growth and frequency of cyber-attacks in recent years has increased the demand to protect critical data and infrastructure of governments and businesses. Turkey is increasing resources in the public and private sectors to tackle these complex cyber threats.  For more info, see:  http://www.export.gov/trademissions/cyberturkey/. Contact Gemal.brangman@trade.gov or Gokce.Tuncer@trade.govApplication Deadline:  September 16, 2016.

November 13-18, 2016: Safety and Security Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia
SAVE THE DATE. Contact Douglas.Wallace@trade.gov or Paul.Matino@trade.gov.

November 14-18, 2016:  Education Trade Mission to India and Nepal – New Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu
Organized jointly by the U.S. Commercial Service, ELS Educational Services, and Education USA, this mission’s objective is to connect U.S. higher education institutions to potential students, institutional partners and education consultants in Nepal and India.  The Mission will include networking opportunities with potential partners, embassy briefings, student fairs, and additional networking opportunities in Kathmandu, Nepal, and New Delhi and Kolkata, India for recruiting students to study in the United States.  Plans also include an optional spin-off to Trivandrum, India on November 19.  Participation is open to appropriately accredited U.S. institutions of higher education at the four year undergraduate, graduate and community college levels that wish to attract students to the United States and/or meet with potential partners for collaboration.  Application Deadline – September 15, 2016 – Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  For more info/questions, contact: Jennifer Moll at 313.212.8693 or jennifer.moll@trade.gov.


June 8, 2016: Export Counseling Meetings at BIO 2016 – San Francisco, CA
The U.S. Commercial Service Healthcare Team invites U.S. companies and economic development organizations exhibiting at BIO to meet one-on-one with Biotech/Life Science Industry Specialists from our U.S. Embassies. You will be briefed on individual market opportunities related to the biotech/life science sector, market potential for your products and services, and gain insight into specific countries from active overseas industry specialists. Specialists from following markets are scheduled to participate at BIO 2016: Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. All one-on-one meetings will last 20 minutes, either at your booth or the International Lounge at Moscone Center North Exhibit Hall in San Francisco, CA. On-Line registration required at: http://www.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=36832&InputType=EVENT  Questions: Monica.Toporkiewicz@trade.gov

June 15-16, 2016: Discover Global Markets: The Americas - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the South Florida District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: The Americas, and transform market potential to market success!  Meet One-on-One with U.S. Commercial Diplomats serving in 15 different countries, whether to explore market opportunities or receive help in overcoming challenges, and get your questions answered. Countries of focus include: Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, & Peru.  Participate in Dynamic Panel Sessions on Refining Your Export Strategy.  Learn from experts and business leaders through in-depth, interactive sessions covering topics such as: The impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how it can contribute to your success; E-commerce developments and opportunities throughout the Americas; Latin America's credit markets and how they affect potential customers. And finally, Network With Trade Experts, Industry Pros and Fellow Exporters. Cost: $395. For registration and more information, see http://export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/theamericas/.

June 16-18, 2016:  International Franchising Market Counseling at IFE – New York, NY
The U.S. Commercial Service - Global Franchise Team is pleased to once again partner with the International Franchise Association (IFA) and MFV to bring you expert advice from our Franchise Specialists from Algeria, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Middle East Overview and to discuss the markets for U.S. franchises in these countries and our services to help you access them.  During the International Franchise Expo, we are offering US exhibitors to the expo this special opportunity to schedule private meetings to discuss and plan your international growth strategy, and receive a market evaluation for your brand or concept from experts who have helped many U.S. Franchisors achieve success.  Appointment times for this unique and highly popular program do fill up quickly. REGISTER NOW at http://export.gov/michigan/forms/internationalfranchise/index.asp  Meetings will be 30-60 minutes long and held on the expo site. Your confirmation of appointments along with time, date and room location will be e-mailed to you on or about June 9th.  Please feel free to include any specific questions you may have in your registration form. Registration will close on June 3rd.  For more information, contact Jennifer Loffredo at Jennifer.Loffredo@trade.gov or Eric Johnson at Eric.Johnson@trade.gov.

June 19-21, 2016: SelectUSA Investment Summit – Washington DC
U.S. Department of Commerce will host the third SelectUSA Investment Summit at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. June 19-21, 2016. The Summit’s theme is “The Innovation Advantage”, and will bring together investors from all over the world, as well as economic development organizations from every corner of the United States, high-level government officials, and others working to facilitate investment in the U.S.. With more than 2,000 participants, the Summit will offer access to unique networking opportunities, online matchmaking, and insight from global CEOs and senior U.S. leaders. Information and registration info can be found at http://www.selectusasummit.us.

September 13-15, 2016:  Discover Global Markets:  Healthcare Connections - Seattle, WA
Discover Global Markets:  Healthcare Connections will feature panels on opportunities in the medical device sector, diagnostics, health IT, and global health. U.S. Embassy-based industry specialists will give updates on country projects and regulatory framework. Delegations of healthcare technology buyers and distributors are coming from select markets looking for new products.  The sooner you register, the longer we can promote your company to attract the right delegations. Who Should Attend? C-level executives responsible for understanding the global outlook for the industry and upcoming market opportunities; Sales and marketing professionals responsible for acting quickly on market demands, foreign tenders, and trade leads; Regulatory professionals responsible for understanding country approval frameworks; Investors and professional advisors. Early bird pricing ends June 1st. Questions: Monica.Toporkiewicz@trade.gov. More Information: http://export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/healthcareconnections/index.asp.


Visit our partners' event calendars for additional international trade and policy-related events:

Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing - http://norbic.org/events/cal.php

Chicago Council on Global Affairs - http://www.ccfr.org

Chicagoland Chamber - https://www.chicagolandchamber.org/Events.aspx

International Trade Association of Greater Chicago - http://itagc.org/calendar

International Trade Club of Chicago - http://www.itcc.org

University of Illinois Business & Industry Services - http://www.bis.uiuc.edu/schedule.html

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