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    Illinois Office of Trade & Investment (OTI)
    Dear Illinois Exporters,
    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.
    Please see attached list of webinars about exporting for end of February and March 2021.
    We look forward to seeing you.
    Margo Markopoulos
    Director, Office of Trade and Investment
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    Upcoming Export Webinars
    The US-China Relationship and Illinois:
    What Businesses Need to Know
    Thursday, February 18, 12:00 PM
    Ambassador Craig Allen, President of the U.S-China Business Council, will discuss ways Illinois can benefit from a thoughtful approach to China’s rise as a superpower rival to the U.S. This webinar will benefit anyone with an interest in the U.S.’s global role in policy, commerce and trade, and how it is increasingly being defined by our relationship with China. 
    Register HERE
    How to Export: Freight Forwarder 201
    Monday, February 22, 12:00 PM
    Learn more about shipping and logistics and the role of the freight forwarder in the export process. Topics include when to use and not use a freight forwarder, logistics and International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS).
    Register HERE
    Introduction to Exporting
    Thursday, March 4, 10:00 AM
    This Introduction to Exporting webinar helps early-stage businesses explore ways to expand and grow within the international market. It provides basic, practical information about the exporting process, as well as links to many resources that help plan and execute an export strategy. Take-aways include: the benefits and challenges of exporting; how to determine whether your business is "export-ready"; as well as resources for assistance.
    Register HERE
    Managing International Distributors
    Monday, March 15, 12:00 PM
    Explore the topic of how to manage your international distribution network. We will discuss negotiations when starting business, culture, leverage, reviews and differences across world regions.
    Register HERE
    ABCs of International Shipping
    Thursday, March 18, 10:00 AM
    New to international trade or looking to expand your export sales? This class covers the key steps in getting your goods into your customer’s hands overseas. The class will provide a high-level overview of the global supply chain, how it differs from domestic shipping, and ways to reduce costs and risk in international shipping.
    Register HERE
    COVID-19: Help for businesses, workers and residents:
    Every day we do things that keep us safe, like buckling a seat belt or putting on a bike helmet. But if we forget, or don’t do them (even once), we put ourselves and others at risk. A mask is no different. It only works if you wear it. So always wear a mask when you’re out in public to protect yourself and others. We’re all safer and stronger when we go all in, Illinois.
    Go #AllinIllinois
    The State of Illinois could use your support with much-needed personal protective equipment as well as other supplies for our first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    To Donate: ppe.donations@Illinois.gov
    To Manufacture PPE in Illinois: ima@ima-net.org
    To Sell PPE: covid.procurement@illinois.gov
    To Volunteer: serve.illinois.gov or email dph.serveillinois@illinois.gov
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