• Upcoming trade Events in Illinois

    Illinois Trade Events and Opportunities


    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 PiroozgarInternational Trade Specialist 

    Industry Coverage: Information and Communication Technology, Consumer Goods, Travel & Tourism, Financial Services, Textile and Apparel


    Dan Kim, Senior International Trade Specialist 

    Industries: Advanced Manufacturing; Machinery; Plastics; Transportation Equipment & Services: Automotive, Railroad; Marine Technologies; Logistics Services; Environmental Technologies


    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; Chemicals 


    Richard Carpenter, Senior International Trade Specialist 

    Industries: Aerospace; Safety & Security; Design & Construction Services; Defense; Energy; Plastics


    Peoria (Southern Illinois) 


    Elizabeth Ahern, Director

    All industries in downstate Illinois (South of I-80)


    Virtual Opportunities

    Back 2 Business – Virtual B2B Auto Expo

    Join the U.S. Commercial Service June 29 – July 17 and take part in FREE virtual matchmaking meetings with Pre-Screened International Buyers & Potential Partners with free market-specific counseling with our auto industry colleagues from U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. We are using a secured online matchmaking platform, Eventtia, to enable you to schedule your priority B2B and market counseling meetings.  This event will run consecutively for 3 weeks (Monday - Friday) facilitating 100% global interaction across multiple time zones. You will be able to connect virtually with International Buyers and Potential Partners from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Nordics, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey, and Ukraine.


    Key Deliverables:

    • Promote your U.S. products and services on a secured global digital platform
    • Increase Distribution Channels
    • Request meetings with Pre-Screened International Buyers & Potential Partners
    • Meet 1-on-1 with U.S. Embassy Diplomats / Auto Industry Experts
    • Receive 1st Class Market Intelligence 


    For questions and information contact: Dan.Kim@trade.gov Register and find more details here: https://live.eventtia.com/en/back-2-business-virtual-auto-expo 



    Market Opportunities in Morocco’s Water Sector

    Join us on June 30th for a free webinar with the U.S. Commercial Service in Casablanca, in partnership with Environmental Technologies Team of the U.S. Department of Commerce, highlighting opportunities for drinking water, desalination and water reuse in Morocco. Register today to learn more about the Morocco National Water Plan (NWP) and discover opportunities in the Water Sector.  For any questions contact Dan.Kim@trade.gov

    Register today!




    What are tips for handling foreign buyer payment issues?

    If your international buyer doesn't pay, what are your options? Many issues can be solved with a phone call, either directly or through a hired consulting agency— especially if the heart of the dispute is a simple misunderstanding.  Read our article on how to handle foreign payment issues, and get tips on what to consider.


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    Doing Business with the United Nations

    The United Nation’s (UN) nearly $19 billion global procurement market covers a wide range of goods and services. The US Commercial Service is hosting a special discussion, doing business with the UN, on June 30 to help U.S. companies understand how to tap into these opportunities. The event will be particularly informative for companies that need help getting started. Attendees will hear about the UN procurement process, both the opportunities and challenges, and how to register as a UN vendor. The U.S. Ambassador to the UN, U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the UN Assistant Secretary General will provide opening remarks.


    Join Us for a Special Briefing on the Security Market in Europe

    The value of the global Critical Infrastructure Protection market was estimated to be over $100 billion in 2019 with Europe leading its way. The increasing demand for security measures against terrorist attacks and for controlling the business assets in Europe has represented the main opportunities for U.S. physical security companies for a while. Moreover, in today’s context there is an increased focus on contact free screening and security technologies. On July 16, come hear from our U.S. Embassy experts from:  United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, and Romania, with France and Sweden on the line for Q&A


    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 16 - Poland / Hungary / Slovakia / Czech Republic

    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 





    Could one of these countries be your next export market? 

    Watch one or more of our short Export Market Destination videos to see if there may be potential for your product or service. You'll get insight from our in-country trade experts.




    Women's Global Trade Empowerment - Virtual Forum 

    The U.S. Commercial Service invites Women Entrepreneurs to join us for a FREE six-part 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:

    JULY 28: USMCA & Future of Trade in North America

    AUG. 11: Financing the Deal and Getting Paid

    AUG. 25: Thriving in the Digital Trade Economy under USMCA

    SEPT. 1:  How to Make USMCA Work for You - Customs & Rules of Origin

    SEPT. 10: Legal Strategies for Success

    SEPT. 22: Protecting Your Most Important Asset - Your IP



    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.


    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