Upcoming courses offered by ISBDC at McHenry County College Shah Center:

Export Basics

Tuesday, October 2 8-11 a.m.

Learn how to determine a product’s export potential, assess your company’s export readiness, and develop an export plan and strategy. Be proactive and take steps to grow your business.

Course ID NBD S76 001.
Fee $50 (Includes continental breakfast and course materials)

 

Export: Beyond the Basics

Thursday, November 1 8 a.m. – noon

A fast-paced export compliance class designed for exporters, shippers and manufacturers interested in training staff on rules and regulations.

You will learn:
• Government entities and their oversight
• Major export compliance control issues
• Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
• Office of Foreign Asset Control
• Customs and Border Patrol (CBP-Export)
• Census Bureau Electronic Export Invoice (EEI)
• Export documentation (compliance focused), corporate policies and concerns

Fee $50 (Includes continental breakfast and course materials)

To register call the Illinois Small Business Development Center at (815) 455-6098

Website http://www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/index.asp

 

Learn More About the ISBDC's New Program to Support International Trade

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the McHenry County College Shah Center has launched a new program in support of the National Export Initiative. The Center's specialists offer consultative support services to small and medium-sized companies who are interested in growing their business in international markets by increasing exports of goods and services. This program supports companies who are currently exporting as well as those who are looking to develop the expertise within their company.

Learn More About the New Program to Support International Trade

Upcoming courses offered by ISBDC at McHenry County College Shah Center:

Export Basics

Tuesday, October 2 8-11 a.m.

Learn how to determine a product’s export potential, assess your company’s export readiness, and develop an export plan and strategy. Be proactive and take steps to grow your business.

Course ID NBD S76 001.
Fee $50 (Includes continental breakfast and course materials)

Export: Beyond the Basics

Thursday, November 1 8 a.m. – noon

A fast-paced export compliance class designed for exporters, shippers and manufacturers interested in training staff on rules and regulations.

You will learn:
• Government entities and their oversight
• Major export compliance control issues
• Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
• Office of Foreign Asset Control
• Customs and Border Patrol (CBP-Export)
• Census Bureau Electronic Export Invoice (EEI)
• Export documentation (compliance focused), corporate policies and concerns

Fee $50 (Includes continental breakfast and course materials)

To register call the Illinois Small Business Development Center at (815) 455-6098

Website http://www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/index.asp

Export Compliance Beyond the Basics

&

Import Compliance and Reasonable Care


Presented by BDG International Inc.
in cooperation with

the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center
and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council

       BDG    IL SBDC ITC    2-line

2 Sessions

Export Compliance Training: October 23

Import Compliance Training: November 7 

 

These sessions can help provide a foundation for new compliance programs, or serve as an important refresher for employees at all levels of management on how to manage an effective compliance program.  

 

Presenter:  


Lisa Waller, Vice President, CHB, BDG International Inc. (see biography below) 

 

Export Seminar Topics:  

  • Fundamentals of export 
  • Export compliance 
  • ITAR/OFAC
  • Corporate responsibilities 
  • Understand what is behind the AES blanks  

When: Tuesday, October 23rd 8:00am - 12:00p.m.
Location:
EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave, Rockford, IL 61103

Import Seminar Topics:

  • Importer documentation & customs documents
  • Terminology, and the import process
  • Power of Attorney - requirements and use
  • ISF filing
  • Exam explanation and why they occur
  • FTA - Free Trade Agreements

When: Wednesday, November 7th 8:00am - 12:00p.m.
Location: EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave, Rockford, IL 61103

Continental breakfast will be provided!


Who should attend: Manufacturers - all levels of management and all divisions. International trade compliance impacts everyone on your team, including upper management, sales, accounting & finance, supply chain & procurement, operations, research & development, and others!

Cost: $85 per company per seminar (up to 4 attendees per company)

How to Register:

Click here to register online. If you have any questions contact Tammy English at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 815-969-4267.



ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Lisa Victoria Waller is Vice President and minority owner of BDG International, Inc. located in Elgin (Chicago) Illinois.   BDG International, Inc. (BDG) has been in business since 1983 and is an international freight forwarder, U.S. Customs Broker and Letter of Credit Specialist.

Lisa is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, IATA Certified, DG Certified, IAC Security Coordinator, a Certified Customs Specialist, a Certified Export Specialist and has a BS in Int'l Business through ISU.

It is the goal of BDG International, Inc. to educate the public on International Trade and Logistics Compliance, understanding Incoterms and letter of credits, making good logistics decisions and in the end making export and import easier in order to assist the U.S. companies to work in a global environment. Through the understanding of Government Compliance, Import logistics and Export Logistics, BDG International is able to provide a full global logistics consulting portfolio of services.

For the company that is dynamic in the global market, BDG can bring the Foreign Trade Zone process to the importers factory and distribution centers through out the USA. BDG sees FTZ as the ultimate tool to incorporate compliance, cost savings, planned logistics, inventory control, increased exports, and best maintaining jobs in the USA.  Lisa has been working diligently to bring FTZs to your local company or community.

ABOUT THE RAEDC

The primary role of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council is to enhance wealth creation in the Rockford Region by marketing the area and helping employers retain and create quality jobs. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to serve as a one-stop resource for clients, to improve the competitiveness of the region, and to engage the community in the work of economic development.

 

ABOUT THE ILLINOIS SBDC INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER
The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center of the Rockford Area is a program that works directly with companies to increase the total value of goods exported from the Rockford Area of Illinois. Services are provided to companies to walk them through the process of establishing and growing an export program. The ITC also can provide assistance to foreign companies interested in sourcing manufactured products from the United States. The IL SBDC International Trade Center of the Rockford Area is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Rock Valley College.

Northwest Herald published an article about local students attendance at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. These McHenry County high school students were sponsored by the EDC, Scot Forge, Sage Products and Wells Manufacturing.

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Read the full article 'Tech show 'an eye opener' for students' here - http://www.nwherald.com/2012/09/17/tech-show-an-eye-opener-for-students/af4juvn/

The Algonquin Western ByPass Groundbreaking took place today, September 17th, 2012 with over 100 leaders in attendance.

This project was the founding project of the MCEDC 21 years ago.  It took perseverance, collaboration, cooperation and the efforts of many, many people to bring it to fruition.

Gary Overbay, MCEDC Chairman of the Board, welcomed everyone and provided history of the project. He also introduced the speakers of this morning event - Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Don Manzullo, Senator Pam Althoff, Village of Algonquin President John Schmitt, County Board Chairman Ken Koehler and IDO Secretary Ann Schneider.  Enjoy  the video and the view onto the site.

 

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Pictures and Video Produced By Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

Shifting U.S. Manufacturing into High Gear - Opportunities and Obstacles

 
September 26, 2012, Noon
 
John Winzeler, President
Winzeler Gear
 
The University Club
76 East Monroe Street, Chicago
 
The Board of Directors of the Economic Development Council is pleased to announce that John Winzeler is speaking at the September 26th EDC luncheon.
 
Hardly a day passes without some leading economic news story about the manufacturing industry being covered by the media. It has been a long while since manufacturing has garnered so much attention. It seems that our nation has finally realized the vital importance to our economic strength and stability that this industry plays.
 
Along with this spotlight come a number of questions, misunderstandings and challenges. Is there a re-shoring trend? Does the U.S. have sufficient capacity? Is there a technology gap? Does our workforce possess the needed skills? Our skilled workforce is aging. What is being done to train the next generation of skilled workers?  
 
John Winzeler is the 3rd generation owner and president of Winzeler Gear, a local manufacturer of precision molded plastic gears for the automotive, appliance and office automation markets. As a first and second tier supplier to OEM's around the world, John is on the front line of many of the opportunities and challenges faced by today's industry. His proactive approach to his business, industry, education and the arts cause him to be quite active in various education steering committees, advisory councils and industry and government panels. His world travel, both for business and pleasure, help form his global perspective of what is right, wrong and possible within the U.S. manufacturing industry.
 
John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University and continues to be an active patron and advisor to the University's School of Engineering. It addition to his business, John is passionate with his interests in contemporary art, Formula One auto racing and the art of women's couture. He is a member of the Permanent Collection Committee at the Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoys working with the Fashion Committee and Industrial Design School at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
 
 
Make your luncheon reservation today. 
 
The cost of the lunch and program is
$48 for current EDC individual members and members of the Tooling and Manufacturing Association;  
$65 for non-members.
 
There is no charge for EDC Corporate and Sustaining Members.
 
Reservations are mandatory and can be made by: prepaying online at www.edcchicago.org,
emailing the EDC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or calling the EDC at 773-279-8787.

After 21 years of aggressive outreach supporting transportation improvement efforts, many trips to Springfield and Washington DC, hundreds of meetings with legislators and even a road rally, we are proud to invite you to the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Algonquin Western Bypass.

NEW DATE: Algonquin Western Bypass Groundbreaking, MONDAY, September 17, 2012 - Click to register.

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Four hundred area high school students have signed on to attend the International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The trip, during the week of Sept. 10-15, is being hosted by the McHenry County Economic Development Corp. According to the MCEDC, more than 25 percent of McHenry County’s economic wealth is created by the manufacturing community.

“Not only is this vital sector of our economy experiencing difficulty hiring skilled workers today, but statistics show that our current skilled workforce will be retiring in the near future,” said MCEDC President Pam Cumpata.

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Read the full article: http://www.nwherald.com/2012/08/06/cashman-manpower-shortage-in-manufacturing/asufh9g/?page=1

Northwest Herald article - Cashman: Manpower shortage in manufacturing
Created: Sunday, August 12, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

 

Article from U.S. Department of Commerce - The Commercial Service Rockford, Illinois U.S. Export Assistance Center.
Published August 13, 2012

Six month 2012 Illinois merchandise exports are up 11 percent over same period last year

WASHINGTON - The International Trade Administration (ITA) recently announced new export data that shows Illinois merchandise exports increased 11 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, growing from $31.5 billion to $35.1 billion.  This percentage growth topped the 7 percent national average for merchandise export growth for the same period.

“Exports are an increasingly important part of Illinois’s economic recovery as local businesses both big and small start to look beyond our borders to increase their customer base,” said Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.  “The International Trade Administration is committed to helping Illinois businesses leverage financing and other key resources to boost exports that support thousands of good, high-paying jobs across the state. I encourage companies to contact our local U.S. Commercial Service offices to find out about new export opportunities and the resources available to them.” 

Illinois’s first half 2012 merchandise export sales outpaced the 2011 figures for the same period in many top destinations, including Australia (up 80 percent), Republic of South Africa (57 percent), France (24 percent), Chile (23 percent), and Belgium (22 percent).  Key merchandise export categories include machinery manufactures, chemicals, transportation equipment, computer and electronic products, and petroleum products.

“The growth in  Illinois export numbers help demonstrate that there’s every incentive for U.S. companies to be pursuing export opportunities,” said Patrick Hope, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Rockford.  “Foreign buyers have a high appreciation for U.S. brand name products and services, and there’s no better time than now to start exporting.  We’d like to help you with your exporting efforts.”
ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service has entered into a strategic partnership with Rock Valley College in which the organizations are working together to increase export awareness among the state’s small and medium-sized businesses. 

Since 2009, ITA has assisted approximately 15,000 U.S. companies record nearly 47,000 export successes. These results supported the 9.7 million Americans employed by export-related jobs in 2011, an increase of 1.2 million jobs since 2009.

For more information on exporting, contact the U.S. Commercial Service in Rockford at 815-316-2380 or visit http://export.gov/illinois

Click to view pdf.

Chroma expands its production capabilities

McHenry, IL- Chroma Corporation has added another twin screw extruder to it’s production floor. Last year the company added six new extruders to their production facility to enable the company to offer quicker turn around and shorter lead times on their continually growing small order segment of the business. Tom Bolger, Chroma’s President and CEO states “these new extruders give Chroma the opportunity to expand
the small order segment of the business and continue to offer the just in time shipments of small lot color concentrates. While this additional capacity is suited for all resin types they are designed to handle Chroma’s rapidly expanding engineering resin business. Stu Swain said “Chroma’s engineering resin business has been growing faster than all of the other resin types in each of the last 4 years, so we needed to expand our
capabilities in this area” Stu elaborates that “polycarbonate, polyethersulfone, nylon, and the polyester family have grown at a rate of 20% per year”.

Last year the company also completed a Laboratory expansion, which more than doubled the size of their color development laboratory by adding six new 38 ton injection molding machines. They have also added additional extruders to their Color Development and Product Development laboratory. The addition was to accommodate current and future growth and to facilitate shorter lead-times on their product
development projects.

In the past several years, Chroma’s has introduced several innovative products: Biodegradable master batches, light diffused master batches, Photoluminescent products, antimicrobials, Cool color colors and compounds, Frosted colors for PET, Covert authentification master batches, VIBLO (visible in black light only) colors, and Photoluminescent compounds.

Chroma Corporation is a global thermoplastic compounded raw material leader and offers the broadest range of custom color, special effect, and specialty additives in master batches and precompounded products in commodity and engineering thermoplastic resins for extrusion, injection molding, blown film and a multitude of other a multitude of other processes and applications including rotational molding. Founded in 1967, it now employs more than 115 people. For more information, please see www.chromacolors.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Topic: Exporting to a Europe in Turmoil: Practical Strategies for Tough Times

Date: August 15, 2012
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Rosewood Restaurant, 9421 West Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL

Members & clients of sponsoring organizations - $50; Non-members - $65.
For information & registration, please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special luncheon program and panel discussion sponsored by the: Illinois District Export Council; International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; U.S. Commercial Service Chicago. 

Panelists include: Richard J. Beranek, President, Miner Elastomer Products Corporation; Bernie V. Bowersock, Senior Vice President, Global Specialty Solutions; Jeffrey A. Dziura, Vice President – International, NewMedical Technology; Scott Kotvis, Director, Global Business Development, Daubert Cromwell; William A. Strauss (Moderator), Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

Exporting to Europe - download pdf brochure

McHenry County Workforce Investment Board partners with McHenry County College to offer no-cost employee assessments to area businesses

 

Many of us are familiar with ACT, widely known for College testing, but do you know that ACT offers assessments that can impact your workplace in a very positive way?  The newly expanded National Career Readiness Certificate – Plus is a comprehensive, evidence-based solution to help you meet the rapidly evolving workforce needs of our new economy.

To experience firsthand how NCRC Plus can assist in your recruitment and staff development needs, ACT is offering at no-cost (to you or your business) the NCRC Plus testing to interested McHenry County employers.  Your business may be eligible to have 10 – 20 of your employees receive the free assessments that will be scheduled to best accommodate your needs.

See the attached flyer for further details, and we encourage you to contact us for more information about this limited opportunity to see how NCRC Plus gives you a new tool for staffing success!

Please contact Jeffery Poynter, Director, McHenry County Workforce Investment Board, at 815 338-2437, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nancy Bollman, Workforce Services Coordinator, McHenry County College, at 815 455-8598, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Lunch Program Event: What Happened in Springfield?

Speakers: State Representative Michael W. Tryon and State Representative Elaine Nekritz
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Noon
Location: The University Club, Chicago, Illinois

 

Should this past legislative session get a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”? What was accomplished concerning state budget, revenue, current and future pension issues, payment of outstanding bills owed by the State of Illinois?

How did the Legislature accomplish significant Medicaid reforms? Does this stabilize the State’s health care system? Does it have any impact on governmental and private sector retirees?

Were plastic bags and wrap really an issue? Gambling expansion and cigarette tax?

And what are the major open items for summer or veto sessions or after the election?

Republican Representative in the 64th District, Michael W. Tryon, was first elected to the Illinois House in November, 2004. He currently serves on the Mass Transit, Healthcare Availability Access, Least Cost Power Procurement, Environment and Energy, Local Government and the Smart Growth and Regional Planning Committees of the State Legislature. Former President of the McHenry County Board, he is a Principal in an environmental testing lab.

State Representative Elaine Nekritz (Democrat) is serving her fifth term in the State House. She is Chair of the Personnel and Pension, Judicial One – Civil Law and Special Investigating Committees, she is Vice-Chair of the Pension Investment Committee and she is a Committee member of Transportation, Regulation, Roads, Environmental Health, Housing and Property Sub-Committee and Railroad and Air Transportation Sub-Committee.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!

Cosponsored by the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, the luncheon is at noon at the University Club, 76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603. The cost of the lunch and program is $48 for EDC and MCEDC members and $65 for non-members. There is no charge for EDC Corporate and Sustaining Members.

Reservations are mandatory and can be made by visiting the EDC website, www.EDCChicago.org, or by calling the EDC at (773) 279-8787.