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.


March 11, 2016:  Doing Business in Africa – University Park, IL

The Doing Business in Africa workshop series brings government and business leaders in trade and investment to Governors State University, located in University Park, Illinois. It provides practical knowledge to businesses in the Chicago area that aspire to do business in and with emerging markets in the Africa. The spring 2016 workshop will focus on Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Morocco. 8:30am-3:00pm at Governors State University.  Registration is free. Sponsored by Governors State University, U.S. Commercial Service, Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research, Illinois SBDC and International Trade Center, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  Please register online at http://tiny.cc/doingbizinafrica  Contact:  Mary Ma at hma@govst.edu

March 24, 2016:  Promoting U.S. Education Overseas: Overlooked Resources – IEI Conference – Evanston, IL

Join us for this session at the annual conference of International Educators of Illinois (IEI):  Most U.S. educational institutions are not fully aware of the depth and breadth of federal and state government programs, as well as Study-State consortia, that can help them become more prominent players on the international educational market. This session seeks to increase that awareness. Debra Rogers of the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service Chicago office will describe her agency’s programs as well as those of the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA, and how the two agencies work together. Study State Consortia such as Study Illinois, as well as state government agencies, are further oft-overlooked resources. The current Study Illinois Chair, Antonia Creteanu of DePaul University, and Mr. Zhigang Ren of the Illinois Office of Trade will round of this panel of experts. For IEI conference registration and information, see http://ieillinois.org/iei/iei-2016-annual-conference.  Venue:  Northwestern University, Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL.

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@trade.gov


March 23-25, 2016:  China Business Summit – Wuhan & Fuzhou

The U.S. Commercial Service in Wuhan and Guangzhou, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in China, is organizing the first U.S. –China Business Summit in Wuhan, Hubei province and in Fuzhou, Fujian Province. This event will create a platform for U.S. companies to get introductions to decision makers in four sectors: energy/environment, infrastructure, healthcare and smart cities. The summit will bring provincial government entities and key players from Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Henan and Fujian provinces to brief U.S. companies on market trends in these provinces and learn about project opportunities in Central and Southeastern China. Registration fees PER CITY: $1,450 per company without matchmaking; $1,750 per company with matchmaking.  Register by January 27; Pay by March1.  For more information, please contact Ms. Catherine LE, Catherine.le@trade.gov with cc to debra.rogers@trade.gov

April 18-22, 2016:  Central European Education Fairs - Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary

The U.S. Commercial Service offices at the U.S. Embassies in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary, in cooperation with EducationUSA and the Fulbright Commission, are organizing education fairs for students in Prague, Warsaw, & Budapest. This is an opportunity for representatives of regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher education, both undergraduate and graduate, to explore the markets of Central Europe.  Costs:  Czech Republic: $650; Poland: $750 ; Hungary: $650.  For detailed information and registration, please go to http://export.gov/industry/education/eg_main_089362.asp .  For questions, contact Jennifer Moll at Jennifer.moll@trade.gov or Amy Ryan at Amy.ryan@trade.gov.

April 18-19, 2016:  Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) Conference – Los Angeles

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Marshall School of Business at USC for the APBO conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. More than just a business conference, the APBO is a comprehensive networking and learning opportunity providing business leaders to make key contacts, gain market intelligence, and share experience needed to succeed in the Asian & Pacific Markets. Connect with 18 markets over two days, and attend one on one sessions with senior trade officers, and network experts. The event will be held. Costs: $799 (until Mar. 18), $949 (until Apr. 8), $1099 (until Apr. 15). For detailed information and registration please go to: http://www.apboconference.com or call / email: 1-213-740-7130 / ciber@usc.edu

April 25-29, 2016: Hannover Messe 2016 - Germany

World’s Largest Industrial Trade Fair sponsored in part by the U.S. Commercial Service. HANNOVER MESSE is the best trade show for connecting to global opportunities and USA Partner Country status means more exposure than ever for showcasing your innovations. Connect and network directly with more than 200,000 attendees, including potential members, investors, students, faculty, buyers, distributors, resellers, and business media. Substantial visibility in any of the five industry pavilions, including Energy / Mobility, industrial automation, digital factory, industrial supply, and research and technology sectors.  For questions, contact: Dan Kim at kyungsoo.kim@trade.gov  Register your Interest at: http://1.usa.gov/1MddeSZ

June 15-16, 2016:  Discover Global Markets: The Americas - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, 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: $345 until April 15; $395 thereafter. For registration and more information, see http://export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/theamericas/

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 13-15th, 2016:  Discover Global Markets:  Healthcare Connections - Seattle, WA

Save the Date!  Discover Global Markets: Healthcare Connections is the must-attend event of the year!  Featuring global updates on healthcare opportunities, regulations, and best practices for success, this conference will equip healthcare firms to compete and win internationally. You will hear directly from industry leaders and connect with international buyers, network with healthcare companies from around the country and get breaking news on country market intelligence.  For more information, please see

http://export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/healthcareconnections/ or contact Monica.toporkiewicz@trade.gov


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

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

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

Global Midwest Alliance - http://www.globalmidwestalliance.org/index-1.html

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

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