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    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!

    Connect with your local International Trade Specialist Today!  

    Chicago (Northern Illinois)
    Hovan Asdourian, Director 
    Andrey Piroozgar, International Trade Specialist 
    Industry Coverage: Information and Communication Technology, Consumer Goods, Travel & Tourism, Financial Services, Textile and Apparel
    Bailey Rowell , International Trade Specialist 
    Industry Coverage: Environmental Technologies, Energy and Chemicals
    Dan Kim, Senior International Trade Specialist 
    Industries: Advanced Manufacturing; Machinery; Plastics; Transportation Equipment & Services: Automotive, Railroad; Marine Technologies; Logistics Services
    Haley Milan, Senior International Trade Specialist 
    Industries: Agribusiness; Food Processing/Packaging Equipment and Hotel/Restaurant Equipment; Education & Training
    Monica Toporkiewicz, Senior International Trade Specialist 
    Industries: Healthcare & Life Sciences
    Richard Carpenter, Senior International Trade Specialist 
    Industries: Aerospace; Safety & Security; Design & Construction Services; Defense; Plastics
    Peoria (Downstate Illinois) 
    Elizabeth Ahern, Director
    All industries in downstate Illinois (South of I-80)

    Featured Event

    Women's Trade Event
    WOMEN’S GLOBAL TRADE EMPOWERMENT FORUM: Expanding Trade in North America & Beyond
    FREE six-part digital series July 28 – September 22, 2020
    With the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), this dynamic forum provides a unique opportunity to gain the tools, skills and networks to build an export strategy and develop business connections.
    Hear from Trade Experts and Seasoned Female Executives and Business Owners in six, 60 to 90-minute sessions on:
    • July 28: USMCA & the Future of Trade in North America
    • August 11: Tips for financing your exports & getting paid
    • August 25: How to thrive in the Digital Trade Economy Under USMCA
    • September 1: Will USMCA & Customs/Rules of Origin impact your company?
    • September 10: Find the best legal Strategies for your global success
    • September 22: Protect your most valuable asset - intellectual property
    Additionally, 50 women business owners in the Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Education, Design & Construction, Medical Devices & Services, ICT and Energy sectors have the unique opportunity to register for the six part virtual forum plus the following industry-focused activities for just $50:
    • Dive deeper into the day’s topics during 30 minute facilitated break-out discussions, along with U.S., Canadian and Mexican firms in your industry, immediately following the virtual sessions on Financing, Digital Trade, Customs and Legal Strategies.  
    • Schedule virtual 1-on-1 meetings between July 28 - Sept. 22 with:
      • Buyers + potential partners from Canada and Mexico
      • U.S. Government trade experts and in-country industry specialists
    • Work with a mentor to create a USMCA strategic market expansion plan, both for new and experienced exporters, that will highlight key topics and takeaways from the Forum series.
    Learn more/register for the event

    Virtual Opportunities

    Export NationWomen in Trade Podcast is here! 
    The U.S. Commercial Service new four-part 'Women in Trade' podcast series is the next best thing to having an international sales mentor. Brought to you by our U.S. Commercial Service, the first episode, which is out now, Challenges in International Business and Exporting, will provide strategies from successful businesswomen for overcoming international business and exporting challenges. You can listen to this series on Apple Podcasts, Libsyn, and Spotify. Future 'Women in Trade" podcast episodes will be launched over the next several weeks and will address: Financing the Export Deal, Developing eCommerce Strategies and Protecting your Intellectual Property.
    Eurasia Infrastructure 3 Part Webinar Series 
    Participants will hear Regional Overviews of Business Environments/Infrastructure Opportunities for Eurasia, Trade and Investment Framework, Identification of opportunities along with Project-Level assistance and support for U.S. Exports. This three part series will commence on July 14, with part 2 taking place on July 21st,  and the 3rd portion on July 28th. Participants will gain understanding of the Eurasian business environment and infrastructure sector, U.S. GOV Trade Policy to compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative and followed by International Financing for Eurasian Infrastructure. Topics covered will include in depth market intelligence for Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Eurasia; Bilateral, and multilateral trade agreements; U.S. Engagement with Eurasia; Multi-Lateral International Financial Institutions; Upcoming individual project highlights. Click here to register for this free webinar series or contact Richard.carpenter@trade.gov for any questions.
    Getting paid securely and financed competitively
    Join the Exim Bank, SBA, SBDC, and U.S. Commercial Service on July 29th from 10-11:30AM CST. Well-planned export payment terms and export finance opportunities are driving forces to grow your international sales. Join this virtual session to learn from seasoned experts how to get paid for the product you ship and the protective measures to take to ensure payment. Increase potential sales with export credit insurance and learn how to obtain an export working capital loan when receiving purchase orders from foreign buyers. Also, learn about various payment methods and when to use them, types of SBA export loans available to you and loan eligibility requirements. Click here to register or contact Richard.Carpenter@trade.gov with any questions. Active Q & A is encouraged!
    Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Coffee Chat Series
    The U.S. Commercial Service's Global Advanced Manufacturing Team and Europe Team invite American exporters to join us for "virtual coffee chats" with our U.S. Embassy colleagues across Europe. These informal video discussions are through Microsoft Teams. Each session will cover the current status of the advanced manufacturing sector in the region and include a brief regional overview.
    July 30 - Germany / Austria / Belgium
    August 13 - Italy / Turkey
    August 27 - Sweden / Denmark / UK
    Participants must register. There is no fee for this series. Contact Pam.Plagens@trade.gov or Anastasia.Xenias@trade.gov
    Three Webinars for Export Skill Building & Problem Solving - Rural Export Center
    To celebrate the launch of the Rural Export Center (REC), we are offering three FREE webinars. Join the Rural Export Center in introductory, one-hour webinars on: website globalization (July 28), using customized research from the Rural Export Center (August 11) and market research skills (August 20). Whether your company is small and new to exporting or large and global, these informative webinars will demonstrate immediate actions you can take to grow your company internationally. For questions, email Heather Ranck or Jim Newenhouse 
    USMCA   United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA) 
    The United States, Mexico, and Canada updated NAFTA to create the new USMCA. It's now in effect. The agreement benefits North American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. Check out our new USMCA website for key information about the agreement. 
    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.
    Infrastructure Opportunities in Australia and the Pacific Islands
    Join us July 26, at 5:00 PM CST to hear from the U.S. Commercial Service and sector experts about A priority list of 15 projects for "fast-track approval" include: the inland rail project from Melbourne-Brisbane; the Marinus undersea electricity link Tasmania-Victoria; the Olympic Dam extension and road, rail, and iron ore projects. Topics covered will include: a Broad overview of the state of infrastructure in Australia; NSW Regional infrastructure opportunities; Priorities for Pacific Island countries; Approaches on working with international infrastructure projects. To register for this free teams meeting please click here, or contact Richard.Carpenter@trade.gov for questions.
    The New Reality of Russia’s Cosmetics Sector
    Join the U.S. Commercial Service on July 29th to hear about current trends and developments in the Cosmetics/Beauty sector. During this webinar, American manufacturers and Russian distributors meet virtually to discuss the current business environment and will touch upon the following the following topics: business processes and sales, consumer demand, and international shipment and customs. Contact Haley Milan for questions: Haley.Milan@trade.gov Cost: Free Registration: Click Here
    Powering Algeria and Beyond  
    Join us on July 29th, at 10:00 AM CST, for Powering Algeria and Beyond. Algeria is the largest country in Africa and among the most modern, wealthy, and electrified countries on the continent.  To propel future development, the country’s state-owned power company and its subsidiaries have embarked on an ambitious development strategy.  By implementing this strategy, it seeks to ensure the country’s energy security, continue its energy transition, support its economic development, and export power equipment and services to other African markets. Join the U.S. Commercial Service in Algeria, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the CEO of the Algerian Power Company, and the former General Manager of GE Power Algeria to learn about opportunities for U.S. exporters in this dynamic sector of the Algerian economy. To register click here, or contact Richard.carpenter@trade.gov for any questions.
    New Market Intelligence Reports This Month on Trade.gov!
    Get insight into international opportunities with our reports. They are produced by U.S. Commercial Service trade experts at U.S. embassies and consulates. 
    Webinar on the impacts of COVID-19 on Nigeria's Architecture & Construction Industry
    Save the date - July 30th, time TBD, to hear from the U.S. Commercial Service and sector experts about the impact that COVID-19 is having on the Architecture & Construction industries in Nigeria. For additional information please contact Richard.Carpenter@trade.gov.   
    Energy Project Finance Moving into Late 2020, and 2021
    Join us on July 30th, at 10:00 AM CST, for a series of webinars supporting the U.S. energy industry. For the first in the series, hear from two critical institutions involved in international finance for the industry: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which focuses on project finance in Latin America, which provides trade financing solutions. Learn more in the program flyer. Please click here to register, or contact Richard.carpenter@trade.gov with questions.
    Virtual Fintech Fair - Asia
    Join us on August 4 – August 5 for our Virtual Fintech Fair which will allow U.S. companies an opportunity to showcase their services and products to Asia. The Virtual Fintech Fair is an interactive and exclusively online event showcasing fintech products, fintech companies, and foreign buyers. The event will showcase 100+ fintech companies from across Asia and host 3000+ delegates for thought leadership sessions by top speakers from around the world. Register for free as a delegate!
    If you want to learn more about exhibiting, contact Andrey Piroozgar at Andrey.piroozgar@trade.gov
    Registration for Discover Global Markets: Growth Opportunities in Intelligent Manufacturing in Indianapolis, October 7-9, 2020, is open. 
    Discover Global Markets: Growth Opportunities in Intelligent Manufacturing 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. See the official site for more information and registration.
    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.

    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

    How to Help: If you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public