• Illinois Department of Commerce

    Illinois Office of Trade & Investment (OTI)
    ​The Office of Trade & Investment (OTI) continues to offer Illinois businesses virtual services to support export promotion and international sales growth. OTI’s team of Chicago-based international trade specialists and our six foreign trade offices in: Belgium, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, and Mexico are ready to support businesses across the state looking to expand in international markets.
    For more information on the Illinois Department of Commerce Office of Trade and Investment (OTI), please visit us HERE
    Upcoming Export Webinars
    How to Access and Understand Export Finance
       Wednesday, July 29, 10:00 AM
    Well-planned export payment terms and export finance opportunities are driving forces to grow your international sales. Learn how to get paid for the products you ship and protective measures to take to ensure payment; including export credit insurance and how to obtain an export working capital loan when receiving purchase orders from foreign buyers. The speakers will cover payment methods and SBA loans.
    Register HERE
    State and Federal Resources to Identify Top Markets and Partners
    Thursday, July 30, 12:00 PM
    The Illinois Office of Trade & Investment (OTI) and U.S. Commercial Services continue to offer Illinois businesses virtual services to support export promotion and international sales growth. They are ready to support businesses across the state, as they evolve to cope with the unique challenges posed by the current pandemic. This webinar will focus on international business development services, virtual services and export financial assistance.
    Register HERE
    USMCA: Sound Export and Sales Strategies into Mexico
    Thursday, July 30, 1:00 PM
    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on July 1, 2020. What does this mean for Illinois exporters? Mexico’s USD 1.1 trillion economy makes it the second largest economy in Latin America and the 15th largest economy in the world. Mexico has a large, diversified economy that is linked to its deep trade and investment relations with the United States.
    Register HERE
    Global Day-One (Session One) The Getting to Global Initiative
    Tuesday, August 4, 12:00 PM
    Learn how small businesses can take incremental steps to build direct-to-consumer ecommerce businesses by leveraging the latest suite of plug-ins, data, grants and tools. Join Josh Halpern, former U.S. Commercial Diplomat; and Founding Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s national eCommerce Innovation Lab, who will highlight insights from companies he has helped sell more internationally online.
    Register HERE
    Build your post-COVID global ecommerce resource road map (Session Two)
    Wednesday, August 5, 12:00 PM
    Led by Patrick Perreault, President of the Getting to Global Initiative, you will complete an interactive self-service road map to help grow your business. Each participant will receive access to Getting to Global’s Global eCommerce Accelerator to build your personalized ecommerce resource guide that highlights what steps you should consider, what resources and issues you should be aware of and some immediate actionable next steps you can take.
    Register HERE
    Export Opportunities to Australia and New Zealand in the New Economy
    Wednesday, August 5, 3:30 PM
    Australia and New Zealand’s economies have been impacted by COVID-19, and the pandemic has served as a major wake up call for government and industry leaders. This presentation will provide an analysis of Australia and New Zealand, identify those industries that are offering strong export opportunities for Illinois exporters, and how to best access those opportunities in the current environment.
    Register HERE
    Website Localization to Help you Grow Your Exports, Sales, Brand, and Business Online Globally
    Tuesday, August 11, 12:00 PM
    Online business development tools have never been so important to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19. Whether you are B2C or B2B, sell through ecommerce or distributors and sales reps, a localized online presence will help you be found, understood, and easier to do business within your target markets. Join us as we share expertise and experience in delivering localized websites and online marketing to help you grow your exports, sales, brand and business.
    Register HERE
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