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    Illinois Trade Events and Opportunities


    Commercial Service Illinois continues to provide our clients and partners with counseling and information during these challenging times. Know that we are here for you whether you have questions about the status of an event, need to cancel a service, or are checking on the status of an export market.
    To learn more about our virtual services, visit Trade.gov/virtual-services.
    Connect with us on social media @USCommercialSvc for our latest updates and resources.
    If you have any questions or would like to share helpful resources, please connect with us. We look forward to working with you soon!

    Local News

    Farewell to Richard Carpenter! Chicago Senior International Trade Specialist Richard Carpenter transitioned out of his position with the US Commercial Service as of September 25, 2020. Please reach out to him via LinkedIn if you’d like to keep in touch. 
    Connect with CS Chicago!
    Take the first step into finding new markets! Contact your local Trade Specialist in your area who covers your industry and can help increase your export sales.
    Hovan Asdourian, Director 
    Andrey Piroozgar, International Trade Specialist 
    Information and Communication Technology, eCommerce, Consumer Goods, Travel & Tourism, Financial Services, Textile and Apparel, Safety & Security 
    Bailey Rowell , International Trade Specialist 
    Environmental Technologies, Energy and Chemicals
    Godfrey Angara, Commercial Officer 
    Aerospace & Defense Equipment
    Covers the Rockford area. 
    Dan Kim, Senior International Trade Specialist 
    Advanced Manufacturing; Machinery; Plastics; Transportation Equipment & Services: Automotive, Railroad; Marine Technologies; Logistics Services, 
    Haley Milan, Senior International Trade Specialist 
    Agribusiness; Food Processing/Packaging Equipment and Hotel/Restaurant Equipment; Education & Training
    Monica Toporkiewicz, Senior International Trade Specialist 
    Healthcare Technologies, Architecture & Design Services, Construction Materials

    Featured Virtual Event

    The APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Certification for U.S. Companies
    Connect with ITA’s Office of Digital Services to learn more about the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) data privacy certification available to U.S. companies.
    The APEC CBPRs is a government-backed data privacy certification that companies can obtain to certify their global operations to internationally-recognized data privacy standards. The APEC CBPR System was developed and endorsed by the 21 members of APEC and implements the APEC Privacy Framework.  APEC’s 21 members account for 60 percent of global GDP, and participation in the CBPR System can help companies comply with data privacy requirements across the region, reducing compliance costs and ensuring vital data can continue to be transferred across borders. 
    You can set up a meeting with ITA experts to learn more about the CBPR certification and cross-border data flows throughout the region by contacting Sam Schofield (Sam.Schofield@trade.gov) and Ari Ness (Aryeh.Ness@trade.gov). 

    Virtual Opportunities

    Discover Federal Government Resources to Grow Your Export Sales! 
    Celebrate Manufacturing Day by registering for a virtual roundtable with accomplished small business manufacturers. Join us on Thursday, October 1, 2020 to hear their secrets to success and grow your company’s international sales.
    Topics include:
    • Access Trade Data
    • Find New Buyers
    • Finance Deals
    • Extend Credit
    • Reduce Nonpayment Risk
    Representatives from government agencies will also highlight key programs and opportunities for U.S. manufacturers.  
    Vets Go Global 
    Veterans, join ITA in collaboration with the Connecticut, New Jersey, and North Texas District Export Councils for this free six-part webinar series all about exporting. This series, running throughout October, features presentations from private and public sector experts who will discuss relevant export related topics for both new and seasoned exporters ranging from financing, duty drawback and more. 
    The first session is on October 6 and will discuss Successful Exporting Pricing Strategies. Setting the price of your product(s) should be one of your main consideration if you have you been thinking about growing your business through exports or are you already exporting and wanting to add new markets. Join us and learn the best practices for developing an export pricing strategy to achieve success. We will also discuss how your market objectives help determine the most effective pricing method to use for success.
    e-Commerce Webinar Series: Japan
    The U.S. Commercial Service invites you to join us to learn how to develop and improve your e-commerce strategy for the Japan market. This webinar will cover a broad range of topics including the values impacting Japanese consumers’ buying decisions, distribution channels critical to getting your product on the shelves, and how the Commercial Service can get you e-market ready. Join us on October 13, 2020. No cost. Registration: Click Here
    Do you have specific e-commerce or market-related questions? Submit them in advance to cindy.ma@trade.gov and we will do our best to address them during the webinar.
    Asia EDGE Virtual Workshop Series – July 23 – December 3
    Join us starting on July 23rd, and continuing on through December (see dates on registration link) for the Asia EDGE Virtual Workshop Series, which will convene U.S. private sector stakeholders and U.S. government officials across nine U.S. government agencies to facilitate deep-dive discussions on regional and sub-sector specific priorities for U.S. energy companies in the Indo-Pacific. U.S. industry participants will have the opportunity to: Highlight U.S. Industry Priorities and challenges to inform future Asia EDGE programs; learn abut programmatic priorities, gain access to the strategic tools and resources available through Asia EDGE; Join the Energy Industry Working Group; and pursue deep dives into multiple aspects of power generation and delivery; explore project financing tools. To register for this free webinar series, please click here (notice – first come first serve 50 company limit), and for any questions, email Richard.carpenter@trade.gov.
    Registration for Discover Global Markets: Growth Opportunities in Intelligent Manufacturing in Indianapolis, October 7-9, 2020, is open. 
    The Discover Global Markets (DGM) business development forum is the U.S. Department of Commerce's flagship event series for U.S. exporters. This year, the forum will focus on Growth Opportunities in Intelligent Manufacturing. From October 7 to 9, the DGM will cut across smart technology aspects of various industries, including automotive, healthcare, aerospace and energy storage. Products and services may include manufacturing machinery, composites, electric and autonomous vehicles, next generation batteries, automation products, supply and security solutions, wearables, sensors and digital services, among others.  
    During the event, participants will be able to connect virtually with foreign buyers, U.S. and foreign government trade officials, and fellow exporters from around the world to: 
    • Discuss procurement needs;
    • Receive guidance on trade barriers and market access issues; and
    • Hear how optimizing automation and supply chain sustainability impacts your business.
    U.S. companies in automation and digital services; transportation: aerospace and auto; energy efficiency and storage; and biotech should consider attending. With 2,000 business-to-business matchmaking sessions with buyers and foreign government officials and 9,000 one-on-one counseling sessions with U.S. Commercial Diplomats, this is the signature trade event you won't want to miss!  When polled, 98% of attendees would recommend the DGM to a friend or colleague and 95% of DGM attendees said they had their objectives met.
    Upcoming Western Hemisphere Energy Projects Webinar Series (July – August)
    Join us on August 5th for a series of webinars which are part of a series focused on upcoming Energy projects in the Western Hemisphere announced by different governments in the region to stimulate their economies. These projects represent a fantastic opportunity for U.S. Companies in different areas of the energy sector, including generation, distribution, maintenance, modernization, efficiencies, and more. Please click here to register, and see upcoming dates for remainder of series, or contact Richard.carpenter@trade.gov with any questions.

    Exporter Resources

    newsletter photo   Get information on the U.S. Mexico Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement
    Watch How to Export Videos
    Find Market Research by Country
    Identify New Markets for Your Business with the Market Diversification Tool
    Get Trade Data
    What's Your HS Code?
    Look Up Global Tariffs
    Resolve a Trade Problem
    Find Trade Events

    Business Resources

    SBASmall Business Administration (SBA): Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
    All businesses now eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per business. The  Paycheck Protection Program designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed.  Check the website for more programs as well.
    Online applications are highly recommended due to the influx of applications. If you have additional questions, please visit SBA.gov/disaster, or the SBA disaster assistance customer service center.
    Visit sba.gov/coronavirus for updates on the loan program, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources. 

    ExIm BankEXIM Bank Response and Resources activities.The following temporary EXIM programs now available to provide relief to U.S. businesses their buyers, financial institutions, and American workers negatively impacted by COVID-19:
    Bridge Financing Program        
    Pre-Delivery / Pre-Export Financing Program            
    Supply Chain Financing Guarantee Program            
    Working Capital Guarantee Program.
    Details regarding the relief provisions and contact information for EXIM program representatives may be found here.

    Other Resources

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