Illinois Trade Events and Opportunities

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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. You can also access this list as well as info on other upcoming international events & missions at http://2016.export.gov/illinois/tradeevents/eg_us_il_024667.asp

Debra H. Rogers
Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce
Commercial Service - Chicago  

Export News

U.S. Commercial Service User Fees – Feedback on Proposed Changes Requested

The U.S. Department of Commerce will publish a 30-day Federal Register Notice (FRN) on December 16th to collect feedback from the public on proposed adjustments to U.S. Commercial Service’s user fees.  Note that the FRN is only soliciting feedback on the proposal and does not constitute a change in CS’s current fee structure at this time.  Any and all comments must be submitted through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov.  The feedback collected from the FRN will then be included in the proposal to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for consideration.  Should OMB approve the proposal, a subsequent FRN will be published announcing the new fee schedule along with the effective date of implementation, which is not expected before May 1, 2017.

 

2016 Country Commercial Guides Now Available

When conducting research on foreign markets, do what thousands of U.S. businesses do each year; check out the latest market trends available through the U.S. Country Commercial Guides (CCGs) compiled by the U.S. Commercial Service.  The Guides cover more than 140 Countries and contain the latest intelligence on high-demand industry sectors, economic overviews, selling techniques, investment climate considerations, trade financing options, and business travel advice and resources. 16 NEW countries have been added to the CCG portfolio, including Bangladesh, Ecuador, Qatar, and Uganda. Updates are written by “boots-on-the-ground” U.S. Commercial Service Trade professionals and U.S. State Department economic officers.  There is also a World Bank Group Commercial Guide that provides insights into how World Bank-funded projects work, and how American firms, from prime contractors to subcontractors and suppliers, can identify and access opportunities in them. To access the new Country Commercial Guides, www.export.gov/ccg.

 

U.S. Lifts Sanctions Against Burma/Myanmar

On October 7, 2016, President Obama removed economic and financial sanctions against Myanmar that had been in place for nearly two decades. “Burma has made significant strides in recent years, including choosing a civilian-led, democratically elected government. Lifting economic and financial sanctions will further support trade and economic growth,” noted U.S. Treasury official Adam Szubin.  For more details, see https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/pages/burma.aspx

 

Illinois Education & Training Exports Rise 8.1%

The annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange was released this week, and notes that an increasing number of students are crossing the globe to gain practical, international experience that they can apply in their careers and life in a global society.  The number of U.S. students studying abroad increased by 3%, whereas the number of international students studying in the U.S. increased by 7% over the past year. According to the report, which is produced by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time during the 2015-16 academic year—to a new high of nearly 1,044,000, and contributing nearly $36 billion to the U.S. economy.  The state of Illinois is the 5th most popular destination for international students, hosting over 50,000 students in the 2015-16 academic year, which represents an increase of 8.1% over the previous year, and equates to more than $1.57 billion in education and training exports for the state.   For more data, visit http://www.iie.org/Open-Doors.

Plan Your International Market Entry Strategy with New Video Series Real World Advice

Beginning to export your US products and services to foreign markets can be a challenge. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. http://export.gov/ Export.Gov and the U.S. Commercial Service offer great resources to help you analyze US export market research, select the best export markets for your product, and get appropriate export licensing and documentation.  Watch videos about how to plan your market entry strategy at here.

 

2017 China City and Industry Report: A Guide for U.S. Exporters –Now Available!

The U.S. Commercial Service in China has just released subject 140-page report, which looks closely at 19 of China’s commercially important cities and 16 of its best prospect industries for U.S. exporters. Industries of focus include Agricultural Equipment, Environmental Technologies, Automotive Components, Rail, ICT, and Safety and Security.  Many of the featured cities are 3rd and 4th tier business centers, such as Harbin, Kunming, and Urumqi, that are growing faster than the top tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai, and are also where major infrastructure projects are under development.   We encourage you to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise this Report provides as you enter or expand your China business, but also to contact our staff and other seasoned experts for advice. http://2016.export.gov/china/build/groups/public/@eg_cn/documents/webcontent/eg_cn_105813.pdf

 

Local Events

December 16, 2016:  Study Illinois Annual Meeting – Chicago

The featured speaker will be International Trade Specialist Debra Rogers, who will provide information on the U.S. Commercial Service’s latest initiatives to assist U.S. colleges and universities international marketing and student recruitment efforts, including group recruiting trips. The agenda will include a business meeting, election of 2017 board of directors, and lunch.  10:00am-1:00pm at DePaul University Loop Campus - 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Room 8010.  Registration fee of $25 includes lunch and can be paid at http://www.studyillinois.info/support.php. Both members and non-members welcome.  For questions/more info, please contact Antonia Creteanu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Webinars

January 11, 2017 @ 12PM CST: Central America Webinar Series: Panama

The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing a Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in Panama.  Panama has historically served as the crossroads of trade for the Americas.  The United States is Panama’s most important trading partner with about 30 percent of the import market.  This webinar will provide a market overview that will help to advance U.S. exports to Panama. Fee: $35. To learn more and to register, click HERE.  Contact Jessica Gordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (601) 373-0748; or Delia Valdivia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

January 17-20, 2017: World of Concrete – Las Vegas, NV

World of Concrete is among the leading trade expos for manufacturers of products and equipment used in concrete construction. The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing programs to connect U.S. exporters with buyers and visiting exporters at the show. Companies interested in gathering market intelligence should consider take advantage of scheduled 1-on-1 meetings with Commercial Specialists representing more than 25 U.S. Embassies and Consulates through the International Business Center’s Showtime program.  Additionally, companies can register to have U.S. Commercial Service staff overseas promote their products/services to qualified buyers in advance of the show. Through this Business-to-Business Matchmaking program, U.S. Commercial Service staff will then help facilitate a meeting with buyers that indicate their interest. .  For Showtime information and registration, as well as to register your interest in B2B meetings, seehttp://2016.export.gov/florida/tradeservices/woc/index.asp  .For questions on U.S. Commercial Service programs at World of Concrete, please contact Michael Marangell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

February 1, 2017 @ 12PM CST: Central America Webinar Series: the Dominican Republic

The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing a Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in the Dominican Republic.  The United States is the Dominican Republic’s largest trading partner, accounting for 44% of the DR’s total imports  In 2015, U.S. exports to the DR totaled $7.1 billion.  This webinar will provide a market overview that will help to advance U.S. exports to the Dominican Republic. Fee: $35. To learn more and to register, click HERE.  Contact Jessica Gordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (601) 373-0748; or Delia Valdivia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trade Missions

March 6-10, 2017: U.S. Information and Communication Technologies and Services Trade Mission to Singapore & Vietnam

This trade mission will provide U.S. participants with first-hand market information, exposure and access to government decision makers, and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors and business partners, so that participants can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in the market. Mission participants will meet with potential partners and buyers in both countries at local manufacturing or service provider facilities. Additionally participants will meet with manufacturers’ associations and government officials to learn about the local market and sales opportunities. The precise schedule will be structured based on specific goals of the mission participants and availability of local government officials. Target markets include: Digital Infrastructure, Emergency management technology, IT, Big data management, Cyber security, and data loss prevention. Registration Deadline: January 8, 2017 For more information, and fees click HERE . For questions contact Brian Beams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Deborah Misouria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

March 12-16, 2017:  Power Technologies Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia & UAE

Target mission participants are representatives of  leading U.S. companies that provide state-of-the-art generation, transmission and distribution equipment.  Participants will meet key power sector contacts in the UAE and KSA, and gain insights on relevant export opportunities.  Mission stops will include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, & Dhahran.  Contact Douglas Wallace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dao Le at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Application deadline is  December 31, 2016.

 

March 26-31, 2017:  Transportation Technologies Trade Mission to Turkey

This mission will introduce U.S. companies to the $250 billion Turkish Transportation market.  Delegates will travel to Ankara, Izmir, and Istanbul to attend pre-scheduled meetings/networking events with municipal/government officials/ potential trading partners/end users to understand the business and transportation environment in Turkey.  For additional info, see http://2016.export.gov/turkey/build/groups/public/@eg_tr/documents/webcontent/eg_tr_105696.pdf.  To register, go to https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/TM/6R10.  Registration deadline: January 27, 2017.  For questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

March 26-31, 2017: Trade Mission to Central America and Business Opportunities in Central America Conference- Costa Rica +

Central America is an expanding market for U.S. exports, with almost 46 million potential buyers.  This mission will connect U.S. companies with qualified potential buyers, agents, distributors or joint-venture partners during pre-arranged business-to-business matchmaking appointments.  The meetings will occur in Costa Rica and one other Central American country – Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize or Panama.  Industries of focus are: safety and security equipment, automotive parts and accessories, construction equipment and road building machinery, and renewable energy technologies. The Opportunities in Central America Business Development Conference will offer similar one-on-one consultations with U.S. Foreign & Commercial Service (USFCS) Commercial Officers and/or U.S. Department of State Economic/Commercial Officers to gain information and discuss the strategies for entering or expanding their business across the Central America region. Registration Deadline: January 31, 2017. For more info on the mission, click http://2016.export.gov/tradeamericas/tradeevents/trademissions/centralamerica/index.asp.  For questions, contact Jessica Gordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To complete the Trade Mission application, please click HERE.  See also under the “Webinar” heading of this calendar, info on the related Central America Webinar Series highlighting business opportunities in each Central American country. 

 
April 24-28, 2017: Smart Tech Business Development Mission to Greater China – Taipei, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou

The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing a Smart Technologies Business Development Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong with an optional stop in Guangzhou (China). The business development mission will help expand U.S. exports for U.S. technology providers of Smart Transportation, Smart Building designs and energy efficient retrofits, and tech-enabled financial services (FinTech).  Participants in the mission will gain first-hand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges in each market, engage with government leaders, and meet potential partners, buyers, and representatives through customized one-on-one appointments. Space is limited, so apply now. http://go.usa.gov/xksvc. For more information, contact Michael Marangell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Gemal Brangman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Opportunities and Events

January 31-February 2, 2017: DisitribuTech Conference & Exhibition, San Diego, CA

The U.S. Commercial Service invites U.S. exhibitors to participate in our U.S. Embassy-Energy Trade Specialist meeting program at the DistribuTECH 2017 Conference in San Diego.  These meetings offer you a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with U.S. Embassy-Commercial Service Energy IT/Smart Grid trade specialists based in our overseas U.S. Embassies and Consulates, and the meetings will highlight individual market opportunities and potential for your company’s products & services abroad.  All meetings will last approximately 20 minutes.  In addition to the countries such as Albania, Turley, Nigeria, Iceland, and the Philippines, U.S. Government export promotion counterparts are scheduled to participate at DistribuTECH 2017: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Export-Import Bank (EXIM), ITA Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. To register, click HERE. For any questions, please contact Cathy Gibbons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

February 6-7, 2016: Vocational and Technical Training Education Fair—Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Vocational and technical schools are being built all across Saudi Arabia and there is a need for training providers. Opportunities in the Saudi market can be found in English language programs for professional development as well as hands-on training in specializations such as machine tooling, metalworking, electro-mechanics and auto mechanics. Attend the VoTech Training Education Fair to learn how you can take advantage of lucrative opportunities and build sustainable partnerships in the VoTech sector of Saudi Arabia. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and network with decision makers of the top technical schools in the kingdom and visit their facilities. Application Deadline: January 15, 2017. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

February 16-17, 2017: Discover Global Markets: Advanced Manufacturing - Scottsdale, AZ

Forum for U.S. companies on the opportunities at the forefront of a wide array of manufacturing technologies essential to the manufacturing industries around the world. Participants will: 1) learn about  international manufacturing needs and how to build strong partnerships necessary to gain business 2) understand the global demand for new technologies the improve production quality, efficiency, and increase capacity, and 3) hear from executives who have successfully tapped in the global markets of advanced manufacturing technologies. In addition to panels of industry experts, U.S. Commercial Service staff from approximately 20 countries around the world are expected and will be available for one-on-one appointments. There will also be business-to-business matchmaking meetings. The U.S. Commercial Service and the Arizona District Export Council are partnering to host this forum at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradies Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona this upcoming February! Early Bird Registration ($375) ends December 16th. For information and registration go to: http://2016.export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/advancedmanufacturing/index.asp. For registration questions and concerns please contact Kristian Richardson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Christina Parisi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

March 1-3, 2017:  Illinois Pavilion at Sino-Pack 2017 – Guangzhou

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Office of Trade & Investment is inviting Illinois’ small businesses on a Trade Mission to exhibit in a No Charge exhibit space in the Illinois Pavilion at the Sino-Pack 2017 www.chinasinopack.com trade show in Guangzhou, China from March 1–3, 2017. Supported by the US SBA STEP Grant, which means that companies qualifying for this mission will receive the following: 

  • Free fully furnished trade show booth
  • Partial reimbursement of travel for hotel and airfare
  • Briefing material
  • Pre-show promotion
  • Assistance with travel logistics from the State of Illinois Chicago and Shanghai Offices


No charge space is limited and qualified Illinois firms will be accepted on a “First Come – First Served” basis.  Please contact Zhigang Ren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participating companies may opt to add on a Gold Key Matchmaking service provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, which may also qualify for SBA STEP funding.

 

March 27 & 28, 2017:  Asia-Pacific Business Outlook Conference (APBO) ~ Los Angeles

Participate in APBO 2017 to obtain first-hand information from the 50 experts who will come to Los Angeles to discuss the new challenges and new opportunities that will shape business decisions as Asia/Pacific economies continue to drive the global economy.   APBO is a comprehensive networking and learning experience designed to provide you with the contacts and knowledge to grow and succeed Access 17 Markets in Two Days, including Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam LA Hotel Downtown.  More info: www.apboconference.com.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 213.740.7130

 

April 24-28, 2017: Hannover Messe Trade Fair - Germany

Join the U.S. Commercial Service at the world's largest trade show focusing on industrial technology. HANNOVER MESSE offers unmatched international exposure for U.S. firms, associations, and economic development organizations looking to expand their international footprint. Featuring more than 200,000 attendees from over 70 countries, this fair provides an opportunity to showcase your products and technologies to the world.

The U.S. Commercial Service will be there to help maximize the value of your participation, by providing:

  • Personalized, one-on-one counseling  with our global network of industry experts,
  • We will promote your company and provide facilitated introductions to buyers and partners from around the world,
  • U.S. Commercial Service staff  will be on hand at the show to support you, whether you are an experienced exhibitor or are attending for the first time.


Reach out today and let us know you are interested in learning more about attending HANNOVER MESSE 2017 at http://2016.export.gov/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/hm17interestregistration/index.asp.  For questions, please contact Dan Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

April 26-28, 2017: I3S Innovation in Infrastructure Security Business Forum UK

This Business Forum is targeted at U.S. companies with cyber and physical security solutions for critical national infrastructure and will present significant business and informational opportunities to them.  The I3S Forum will highlight broad business opportunities for supply chain development and specific regional market intelligence. The program includes seminars, market briefings, networking events, and site visits in order to introduce U.S. Suppliers, and Service Providers to key decision makers in the UK, educate on local procurement practices, showcase innovative products and services, and help participants understand the implications of Brexit. Event details may be found HERE. For more details please contact Kristina Schaferova at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

April 27-29, 2017: Costa Rica Community College Education Fair

The U.S. Commercial Service and Education USA Costa Rica would like to invite U.S. Community Colleges to participate in the second edition of the Community College Education Fair.

The fair will include:

  • Three visits to the high schools (students expected 600)
  • One afternoon will be dedicated to government meetings and the formal education sessions with counselors.
  • An Open Education Fair with students and parents that will take place on Saturday.
  • Optional cultural event.
  • Transportation services from and to the airport.
  • Some meals are included.


**Please note: This fair is specifically targeted at Community Colleges/ Colleges with annual tuition fee lower than $15,000.  Cost: $1950 (Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will also be the responsibility of each tour participant). Registration deadline:  November 30, 2016.  For additional information, contact Stephanie Heckel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

May 4-6, 2017:  Illinois Pavilion at IE Expo Environmental Technology Show - Shanghai

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Office of Trade & Investment is inviting Illinois’ small businesses on a Trade Mission to exhibit in a No Charge exhibit space in the Illinois Pavilion at the IE EXPO 2017 www.ie-expo.com trade show in Shanghai, China from May 4 – 6, 2017. Supported by the US SBA STEP Grant, which means that companies qualifying for this mission will receive the following: 

  • Free fully furnished trade show booth
  • Partial reimbursement of travel for hotel and airfare
  • Briefing material
  • Pre-show promotion
  • Assistance with travel logistics from the State of Illinois Chicago and Shanghai Offices

 

No charge space is limited and qualified Illinois firms will be accepted on a “First Come – First Served” basis.  Please contact Zhigang Ren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participating companies may opt to add on a Gold Key Matchmaking service provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, which may also qualify for SBA STEP funding.

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