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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!
     

    Featured Virtual Event

    U.S. Commercial Service Webinar – Virtual Services Available to Help You Export
    Join us and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council on September 22, at 10:30 AM CST, for a look at how the U.S. Commercial Service continues to support new and experienced exporting companies. Hear from our experts how the B2B Matchmaking, Market Research, and Due Diligence services are available to you during this time of decreased international business travel. These services can provide your company with new international sales opportunities, expanded market access, and peace of mind when dealing with foreign buyers. In addition, representatives from the US Export-Import Bank and Small Business Administration will discuss export finance programs tailored specifically for international growth.
     
    Please contact Godfrey.Angara@trade.gov with any questions, or to register your interest.

    Virtual Opportunities

    Agribusiness Opportunities in Argentina
    Argentina is a global top producer of agricultural commodities and food products. The agribusiness sector has a strategic impact on Argentina’s economy and has high potential  economic growth.  The main challenge of the sector is to add value to the production of primary commodities as well as to the manufactured food products where a second or third step of industrialization can be added. 
     
    Join the US Commercial Service on September 4th to learn more about agroindustry sector in Argentina and the reasons to consider doing business in the country from the experts! Register today! 
     
    Why Africa? Webinar Series
    Africa is home to six of the fastest growing economies in the world with a rapidly growing middle class.  The continent holds great opportunities for U.S. innovative products and proven solutions. 
    Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a four part Why Africa? webinar series to learn why U.S. exporters should look to Africa for their next market opportunity.
     
    Register Here - September 9 - Angola / Democratic Republic of Congo
    Register Here - September 22 - Nigeria / Senegal
    Register Here - September 24 - Mozambique / South Africa 
    Register Here - September 29 - Morocco / Egypt / Algeria / Tunisia        
     
    The Mexican Insurtech Market
    Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a webinar on Mexico’s growing insurtech market on September 10th at 11am CST. This is a unique opportunity for U.S. companies to learn more about trends and opportunities in Mexico’s financial services sector. Register today! 
     
    Mexico Education Market Update
    Join the U.S. Commercial Service and Consular Office at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico for  a "Mexico Education Market Update"on September 8th.  Learn about the impact and current status of the U.S./ Mexico educational exchange relationship and best practices for Mexican student support services, including how to counsel prospective international students from Mexico on the student visa process. This webinar is intended for U.S. Educational Institutions Admissions and International Education recruitment and support services teams. Register today!  For questions, please email Ruth.Soberanes@trade.gov 
     
    Globe with arrows   How can Incoterms® facilitate your international sale?
    EXW, FAS, DPU, CFR ... wondering what they mean? Watch our new video on Incoterms® 2020 to find out. You'll learn about these and other widely used terms of sale.   
     
    Incoterms® specify who is responsible for paying for and managing the export shipment, insurance, documentation, customs clearance, and other logistical activities.  
     
    Women's Global Trade Empowerment - Virtual Forum 
    The U.S. Commercial Service invites Women Entrepreneurs to join us for a FREE digital series to acquire skills and tools to boldly expand sales into new markets in Canada, Mexico and beyond! You'll learn how you can benefit from the newly implemented United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) while also building a winning export strategy and developing valuable business connections. Learn more and reserve your spot!
     
    Each session will last for 60-90 minutes and will cover crucial topics to prepare you to succeed in global markets:
    SEPT. 10: Legal Strategies for Success
    SEPT. 22: Protecting Your Most Important Asset - Your IP
     
    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.
     
    Register Here - September 17 - Russia / Ukraine / Georgia
     
    World Expo Dubai Webinar
    Join us on September 14th to learn how U.S. companies can promote their products and services at the World Expo in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and is the largest event ever held in the Arab world.
     
    Join experts who will provide critical information for U.S. companies interested in taking advantage of Expo 2020 to develop their business in the region. John Rakolta Jr., the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and the Commissioner General of the U.S. Pavilion​, will be giving special remarks.  Register today! 
     
     
    Virtual Services to Help You Export
    Connecting you to business opportunities in markets around the world as quickly and efficiently as possible is a priority for the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) – especially during challenging times. Take advantage of our menu of virtual export promotion services, and learn more about our refund policy to help you export with peace of mind.
     
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    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.
     
     
    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