• Trade Events-Illinois

    Illinois Trade Events and Opportunities


    Commercial Service Illinois continues to provide our clients and partners with counseling and information during this difficult and challenging time. 


    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.


    Our thoughts are with you and the global business community, and we remain firmly committed to serving the needs of U.S. exporters like you. We will continue to evaluate options to ensure we can deliver on the objectives of our mission, and that we consider the safety of all parties involved. 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.

    For more information on coronavirus, please visit: coronavirus.gov.

    Business Resources


    Small 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 Bank

    EXIM 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


    Virtual Opportunities

    CS EduTalk Series - May 2020

    The U.S. Commercial Service Global Education Team will offer CS EduTalks throughout the month of May to inform U.S. educators of the education industry in various countries overseas.  The goal of these CS EduTalks is to provide an informal update on the state of the education industry with a vision towards supporting recruitment efforts for 2021.  


    CS EduTalk with Canada - Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 pm CDT Register Here 

    CS EduTalk with Vietnam - Thursday, May 14 at 8:00 pm CDT Register Here

    CS EduTalk with Brazil - Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00 pm CDT Register Here

    CS EduTalk with Taiwan - Tuesday, May 19 at 8:30 pm CDT Register Here

    CS EduTalk with Japan -Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 pm CDT Register Here

    CS EduTalk with Mexico - Tuesday, May 26 at 3:00 pm CDT Register Here

    CS EduTalk with Nigeria - Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 am CDT Register Here


    Infrastructure Projects in Latin America - Two New Webinars

    Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay present a tremendous opportunity for U.S. infrastructure firms. Join the U.S. Commercial Service on May 20th to learn about Infrastructure Opportunities in the Southern Cone. During this webinar participants will gain insights into what the InterAmerican Development Bank, World Bank, U.S. Development Finance Corporation and other organizations have planned for infrastructure development in this these markets. 


    On May 26th, the U.S. Commercial Service brings you another infrastructure webinar, this time focusing on the Infrastructure Opportunities in Peru. The Peruvian market has specific benefits for U.S. firms. Its Work for Taxes program allows the private sector to receive significant tax write offs to execute approved public works projects. The government is already focused on: supporting its potable water infrastructure, sanitation and wastewater treatment facilities; reconstruction and disaster prevention efforts; and supporting projects that further support it's strong mining and agricultural sectors. 


    Register for these two events to learn more how your business can grow in Latin America!

    Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Online Seminar

    Corruption is bad for global business. It’s also illegal under the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the related Anti-Bribery Convention of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). So what does this mean for your business? On May 13 and May 14, the International Trade Administration (ITA) will host a two-part, live online seminar to present best practices for reliable compliance strategy and tips on creating a resilient corporate culture to combat criminal corruption and its corrosive effects. This training also includes a live presentation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) unit enforcing FCPA. Register today!


    Speakers include: 

    • Mr. Jeffrey Coleman, Supervisory Special Agent, International Corruption Unit, FBI, U.S. Dept. of Justice
    • Mr. Barbee Ponder, Corporate Counsel, Globalstar Inc.
    • Mr. Rick Schroeder, Partner, Jones Walker LLP
    • Ms. Erin Butler, Director, U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans

    Womens Global Trade Event

    Women's  Global Trade Empowerment Forum” goes VIRTUAL - May 28, 2020


    This is a must-attend event for women entrepreneurs who wish to boldly grow their business into new markets! In anticipation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), this dynamic forum provides a truly unique opportunity to gain the tools, skills and networks to build an export strategy and develop business connections.

    • Featuring Industry Leaders from the following sectors: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Design & Construction, Education, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, and Medical Devices & Services
    • Market Country Outlooks and Global Trade Skills Development
    • B2B and B2G Business Development Meetings
    • Access to Markets, Networks, Mentors, and Capital

    For more information and to register your interest, visit: https://northtexasdec.regfox.com/wgtefregistration.


    Please contact Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov or Richard.Swanson@trade.gov for questions regarding the event or sponsorship details. 


    We look forward to your participation!


    Doing Business in the Arabian Gulf - Webinar
    Learn about the Arabian Gulf best prospect sectors in oil, gas, infrastructure, information, communication technology, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defense, cyber security, healthcare, and environmental technologies.


    Join the U.S. Commercial service on June 2nd at 9:00am Central to hear from speakers from the U.S. Embassies in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Kuwait City and Muscat,  as they provide critical information for U.S. companies interested in strengthening business relationships and increasing exports to the region. Also featured will be an update on Expo 2020 from Commissioner General of the USA Pavilion and U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, John Rakolta Jr. Register Today!


    The U.S. Commercial Service Educator-to-Educator (E2E) Virtual Connection Program

     In this virtual matchmaking program, U.S. universities, colleges, and secondary institutions will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings with agents, counselors, and university partners from overseas and meet with them virtually through your choice of technology. Each school will be able to promote their institution in these 40-minute meetings. After the fair, each school will receive contact details of all international agents and counselors that registered for the program, helping you quickly build a network of reliable contacts throughout the world. Register Today!


    Date and Time June 8 - 12, 2020; 4:00 am - 11:00 pm Eastern (Meeting times will vary based upon your own schedule)

    Cost $250

    Contact for more information: Mindi Hertzog, mindi.hertzog@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.