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    Illinois Trade Events and Opportunities

    Below is a list of upcoming international trade events, which our office is organizing or co-sponsoring/supporting. We hope that you will be able to join us for at least one of them. 
    Haley Milan
    International Trade Specialist
    U.S. Commercial Service Chicago

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    Chicago Regional Growth Corporation Offers ExporTech™ to Help Local Companies Develop Export Plans This hands-on, content rich program involves a unique combination of innovative group sessions, customized market research and individualized coaching that takes place over three, day-long training sessions.  Normally this unique program costs $5,000, but will be offered for $750 for qualified companies located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.  The next session of ExporTech™ will begin on May 20.  For information and to apply, please see: https://chicagoregionalgrowth.com/export/exportech/


    March 25, 2020 @ 11am CT - 2020 Education and Training Services Resource Guide Release – Webinar
    Join Us for the release of the 2020 Education and Training Services Resource Guide! Don’t miss the release of the Sixth Edition of this invaluable guide, with profiles of over 58 international education markets, contacts and promotional opportunities. This webinar will provide an overview of the guide with highlights of key data-points. Learn about the contents of the book: market trends, current demand, market entry, resources and U.S. Commercial Service Education contacts in each market. All registrants will receive a link to an electronic copy of the guide, which will be published and released in hard copy at NAFSA 2020 in St. Louis, MO.  Copies will be available at the U.S. Department of Commerce, USA: A Study Destination Booth #3007.  Your local U.S. Commercial Service office will also have available guides for distribution. Cost: Free Register here!
    April 9, 2020 @ 12:00pm CT: Business Opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago - Webinar 
    Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will discuss business opportunities for U.S. firms in Trinidad and Tobago.  12:00 p.m. CDT.  Fee: $35.  For information & registration, please see: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=0QCZ
    May 6, 2020 @ TBD: Opportunities in Turkey’s Automotive Sector – Webinar
    The U.S. Commercial Service Auto & Smart Mobility Team invites U.S. automotive industry suppliers to join us for a webinar on how to grow your exports to the Turkish market. During the webinar you will learn about trends in the automotive market including general industrial overview of the automotive sector, Turkish after market and customs regulations. You will learn about sector opportunities from industry leaders in Turkey as well as our automotive sector specialist from the U.S. Mission in Turkey. This unique webinar will also feature first-hand market experiences from a successful American company in Turkey. Please register online at: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=0QG4 Cost:  $35. Contact: dan.kim@trade.gov for any questions.

    Trade Missions

    May 31- June 5, 2020: Trade Mission to the Caribbean
    Organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this mission will include the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados on May 31-June 1, 2020. The mission is open to U.S. companies from a cross section of industries with growing potential in the Caribbean region, but is focused on U.S. companies in best prospects sectors such as: Automotive Parts and Services; Construction Equipment/Road Building Machinery/Building Products/Infrastructure projects; Medical Equipment and Devices/Pharmaceuticals; ICT; Energy Equipment and Services; Safety and Security Equipment; Hotel and Restaurant Equipment; Franchise; Manufacturing Equipment; Yachting industry/Maritime services/Sailing Equipment. The combination of participation in the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference and business-to-business matchmaking appointments in the Caribbean region markets, will provide participants with access to substantive information about and strategies for entering or expanding their business across the Caribbean region. For information and an application, please see:

    Other Opportunities and Events

    April 28, 2020: Virtual Education Fair using Virtual Reality with Ukraine!
     The U.S. Commercial Service Global Education Team is offering a Virtual Education Fairs using virtual reality technology (VR VEF) with Ukraine - April 28, 2020 at 9 am EST.
    • Present to top recruitment agents and high school counselors at the U.S. embassy
    • Provide a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation highlighting your programs
    • Showcase your campus and town sites with a 2-3 minute 360-degree video. *Schools without 360-degree videos may provide a standard video, if available*
    • Receive a Welcome Kit with updated education market information and profiles of top education recruitment partners and high school counselor in-country
    • Participants will be trained on using the online platform technology prior to the program
    Who Should Participate: Appropriately accredited U.S. secondary education institutions, community colleges with high quality transfer options, and undergraduate programs. Technology and 360-Degree Videos:Interested educational institutions will be asked to provide a 2-3 minute 360-degree video for use during this program. *Schools without 360-degree videos may provide a standard video, if available.* 
    Cost:Participation in the Ukraine VR VEF is $1,000 per U.S. educational institution. Participation will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please notify Haley.Milan@traed.gov and Gabriela.Zelaya@trade.gov  if you are interested in the Ukraine VR VEF.
    May 27 - 28, 2020: Inaugural Women's Global Trade Empowerment Forum - Dallas, TX
    U.S. Commercial Service & the North Texas District Export Council present the Inaugural Women's Global Trade Empowerment Forum: Expanding Trade in North America & Beyond. 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. Learn More & Register  Questions about the event or becoming a sponsor? Contact Jessica.Gordon@trade.gov or Richard.Swanson@trade.gov.
    June 1-3, 2020: SelectUSA Investment Summit – Washington, DC  The SelectUSA Investment Summit promotes the United States as the world’s premier investment destination and connects qualified foreign firms with U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) to facilitate business investment and job creation. The Investment Summit draws high-caliber attendees to help forge connections and initiate business deals.  EDOs are on site to share business location intelligence, as well as pre-vetted potential investors actively seeking business opportunities in the United States, relevant service providers that can help investment possibilities become realities, and C-Suite executives and government officials who can discuss the latest policy and business trends.  For more information, visit https://www.selectusasummit.us/ 
    June 2 -5, 2020: USA Pavilion at Agro 2020 – Kiev, Ukraine Ukraine's agribusiness sector remains one of the most promising sectors of the economy.  With over a quarter of the world’s reserves of black earth, it is one of the most fertile places on the planet. Over 40 million hectares of agricultural land coves 70 percent of the country, making agriculture Ukraine’s largest export industry. Although Ukraine is a major global producer of crops, its agricultural sector is under-equipped and much of its existing agricultural machinery is outdated. Join our USA Pavilion at AGRO 2020, June 2-5, 2020, Kyiv, Ukraine. Click here for more on Ukraine’s agriculture sector. For questions, or to register, please contact Andrew Anderson Andrew.Anderson@trade.gov
    July 5-9, 2020:  Singapore International Water Week – Singapore
    The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the world’s premier platform to connect the water industry for innovative solutions and sustainable urban water management. The biennial event gathers stakeholders from the global water industry to share best practices, showcase latest technologies and tap business opportunities. SIWW 2020 will be held in conjunction with World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore from at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.SIWW 2020 has partnered with the U.S. Commercial Service and is offering a U.S. Pavilion to highlight participating U.S. companies and technologies.  We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to enter or expand in this dynamic part of the world. For more information, please contact Kim Lorei (klorei@b-for.com) or Sherry Ng (Sherry.ng@trade.gov)
    July 9, 2020: Promote Your School in France, Portugal and Spain – Virtual Showcase your school to top potential recruitment partners overseas using the latest virtual reality technologies available. Participate in our virtual fair where six accredited US institutions present to an audience of agents and counselors at the embassies in Spain, Portugal and France to promote their programs and schools. Each school has ten minutes to present via online platform and using virtual reality technology Register your interest now! Please connect with Haley Milan (Haley.Milan@trade.gov) to express your interest in the program.
    July 13-17, 2020: Hannover Messe 2020 - Germany
    Plan on attending Hannover Messe 2020 or want to learn more? Hannover Messe is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, with 6,500 booths attracting over 215,000 attendees from 75 countries. Industry pavilions covering Digital Ecosystems, Global Business & Markets, Young Tech Enterprises, Energy Solutions, Automation, Motion & Drives, Logistics, Engineered Parts & Solutions, and Future Hub. Unmatched international exposure for participating U.S. companies and organizations is furthered through the complimentary value-added services offered by the U.S. Commercial Service to U.S. firms. Please contact: Dan.kim@trade.gov in the U.S. Commercial Service- Chicago Office if you are interested in attending. Additional information can be found here: https://2016.export.gov/hannovermesse/ 
    August 10 - 13, 2020: International B2B and Market Counseling at WasteExpo – New Orleans
    The U.S. Commercial Service will once again partner with WasteExpo to connect participating U.S. companies with international buyers and to provide market counseling from our visiting U.S. Commercial Specialists from markets around the world.  WasteExpo is North America’s largest tradeshow and conference for the waste, recycling, and organics industry. It brings together 14,000 participants from over 100 countries. We will soon open registration for U.S. companies participating in WasteExpo to request business-to-business matchmaking and Showtime counseling programs.  In the meantime, please contact Monica.Mcfarlane@trade.gov; Jorge.Arce@trade.gov; James.Aardappel@trade.gov; or Ryan.Russell@trade.gov with any questions.  For more information about the WasteExpo show itself, please see: https://www.wasteexpo.com/en/register.html.