• OTI-Office of Trade & Investment

    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.
    Below is the list of webinars about exporting for January, 2021.
    We look forward to seeing you.
    Margo Markopoulos
    Director, Office of Trade and Investment
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    Upcoming Export Webinars
    Export 101
    Tuesday, January 12, 10:00 AM
    The product or service you offer has gained great success here domestically. Now what? Maybe it’s time to take the next step and take your business global. Remember, companies no longer need to scale to trade, you need to trade to scale. Topics covered: product classification; export controls; export process; international payment; logistics and International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS); export documentation; financial resources and other resource.
    Register HERE
    How to Export: Freight Forwarder 101
    Monday, January 25, 12:00 PM
    Learn what role and responsibilities the freight forwarder has in the export process. Topics include what does a freight forwarder do and what can a freight forwarder do for your company.
    Register HERE
    Export Assistance Programs for Illinois Businesses
    Thursday, January 28, 10:00 AM
    Did you know that there are several export assistance programs that can help you grow your export business? From market research, trade lead generation, to funding your export, this webinar will introduce the State and Federal trade assistance programs available, including the Illinois State Trade Export Promotion grant program.
    Register HERE
    COVID-19: Help for businesses, workers and residents:
    Protecting you and your kin
    We all want to be together with friends and family during the holidays. But, if we want to protect the ones we love, we have to avoid risky situations this year — and that includes the gatherings we hold dear. With some safety tweaks, you’ll see that many holiday traditions can still be enjoyed with just as much joy.
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