You are invited to participate in this upcoming 
symposium with Airbus to learn about the
potential to become a supplier and/or partner. 


Hosted by Congressman Adam Kinzinger, U.S. House of Representatives 16th
Congressional District of Illinois, 
and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council


Extremely Limited One-on-One Appts. with Airbus

Registration and Info Requested required by Sept 10th.

To apply for participation in this symposium, please send:

Organization name, all attendee name(s), and 
primary contact email and phone to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Location: Giovanni's 610 N Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107

Time: 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.


This event is an opportunity for regional businesses to attend a targeted invitation for suppliers and partners who fit into the supply chain needs.


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Check-In, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Remarks by Congressman Adam Kinzinger

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Presentation by Airbus

9:45 am - 1:00 pm

Individual 10-15 minute Matchmaking Meetings with Airbus Representatives



At Airbus, partners and suppliers are part of our extended family, and they play a crucial role in the common business success. Around 60-80% of Airbus’ activity is sourced and we work with more than 12,000 suppliers worldwide that provide products and services for flying and non-flying parts. The United States has long been a valued industrial partner to Airbus. We are continuously developing our supplier base, focusing today on identifying partners offering innovative and disruptive technologies to enable Airbus to provide first-class products and services to our U.S. and international customers. Since 1990, we have spent over $200 billion dollars with hundreds of U.S. suppliers – $48 billion in the last three years alone. This makes Airbus the largest export company for the U.S. aerospace industry.



For More Information Contact: 

Chelsea Fray

Investor Relations Coordinator
Rockford Area Economic Development Council
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The role of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) is to collaborate with regional stakeholders to cultivate opportunities for primary job growth that increase the economic well-being of our region. The RAEDC markets the region to attract new capital investment, while assisting existing business with resources for sustainable growth. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to improve the competitiveness of the region by taking what it learns from the region's employers and engaging the community in the daily work of economic development. As the economic development organization for the region, the RAEDC also serves as the area's data collection agency on all new capital investment, retained and created quality jobs, and renovated commercial/industrial space.

As a proud partner of Metro Chicago Exports, we would be happy to provide more information or assistance.

- McHenry County EDC





Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications of interest for our export assistance programs. MCE’s complimentary export assistance programs help businesses reach their export potential by providing a range of financial, networking, and training support. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from now through September 30, 2018.


Apply now at!


Exporters located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties and the City of Chicago with less than 500 employees are encouraged to apply. More information can be found at

As of April 1, 2018, Metro Chicago Exports is now a part of a new economic development organization – the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC). Within the new organization, MCE’s exporting programs will continue to provide valuable resources to businesses throughout the region.
Chicago Regional Growth Corporation is a regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois. 
To learn more about our new initiative, please visit the website:





Forklift Operator- Next class 4/21               

This course will help you become knowledgeable in powered industrial truck (forklift) operation. You will gain valuable knowledge and the skills required to operate a lift truck in a correct and professional manner. Trucks covered are: ITA (Industrial Truck Association) Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. This hands‐on training is located at UniCarriers Americas Corporation in Marengo IL.  Participants should come dressed for the weather-Lunch included Fee: $195

Course Code #                    Day                        Date                                     Time  

NTE S54 007                      Friday                   April 21                 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

NTE S54 008                      Friday                   May 19                 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

NTE S54 009                      Friday                   June 16                 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.   



2017 OSHA Update- Tuesday, April 25

Revised Safety and Health Management Program Recommended Practices and OSHA Compliance & Enforcement Update

OSHA has made several major changes recently that employers need to know about.  Join us for this three-hour seminar that will cover or review OSHA’s:

  • Newly updated and revised safety and health management program guidelines and recommended practices
  • Revised citation penalty structure and enforcement update
  • Revised recordkeeping and reporting requirements
  • Requirements for companies that use temporary staffing services. 

Target audience: business owners, executives, managers, supervisors and lead personnel responsible for health and safety for their company. Fee: $49

Course Code #                    Day                        Date                                     Time                                    Location

NTE S56 002                       T                          April 25                                 8 a.m.—11 a.m.                115, SCC


OSHA Electrical and NFPA 70E Safety- Tuesday, May 2

In this one-day seminar you will learn fundamental concepts covering OSHA electrical safety requirements, the principle of electricity and electrocution science and NFPA 70E safety covering arc flash/arc blast hazards associated with performing live electrical servicing and maintenance.  This class covers essential concepts for establishing elements of an electrical safety program to protect qualified employees.  Recommended for maintenance personnel, machine technicians, engineers, electricians, supervisors, and managers. Fee: $165  

Course Code #                    Day                        Date                                     Time                                     Location

NTE S08 002                       T                            May 2                                  8 a.m.—3:30 p.m.             115, SCC


OSHA 30-Hour General Outreach Training Program- Starts May 8

This four-day course provides detailed coverage of OSHA’s general industry standards, requirements, and employer’s responsibility to provide employees a safe and healthful workplace. It’s ideal for safety and health personnel, supervisors, and those with safety and health responsibilities. You’ll earn a certificate of attendance and OSHA “30-hour” card upon course completion. Fee: $449  

Course Code #                   Day                       Date                                    Time                                    Location

NTE S68 003                     MW                       May 8, 10, 15, 17           8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.               115, SCC


Forklift Train-the-Trainer  starts May 24     

This comprehensive two-and-a-half day Train the Trainer class will prepare your company’s trainer, safety department staff, human resource department, or supervisors to present the one-day powered industrial truck (Forklift) training class. Each student will receive two “Train the Trainer” packages. One package covers sit-down forklifts, ITA Classes 1, 4 and 5. The other package covers electric forklifts, ITA Class 2 and 3 (except narrow aisle models, side loaders or turret trucks). These packages will be the main tool for starting and conducting successful operator training classes and will assist you in reaching OSHA compliance. The student will be required to demonstrate practical lift truck operation skills. This hands-on training is located at UniCarriers Americas Corp., Marengo. Fee: $1,100 (includes all training materials and lunch)

Course Code #                   Day                       Date                                    Time                                   

NTE S55 003                      Wed/Thur           May 24, 25                        8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

                                             Friday                   May 26                               8 a.m.- Noon


OSHA 10-Hour Voluntary Compliance in General Industry- June 26 & 28

What are your rights and responsibilities under the OSHA Act? Create a safer workplace and meet regulatory compliance needs. This 10-hour course includes an introduction to general industry standards and an overview of the requirements of the more frequently cited standards to create a safer workplace and meet regulatory compliance needs. Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance and an OSHA “10-hour” card. Fee: $249                                        

Course Code #                    Day                        Date                                     Time                                     Location

NTE S65 004                      MW                      June 26, 28                          8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.              115, SCC



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Want to register online?


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McHenry County College Shah Center
4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL  60050

If an offering is cancelled by McHenry County College, registrants will be notified by phone at their place of employment or at home.  Full refund of tuition will be made when McHenry County College cancels.  A course registration canceled 24 hours in advance by the registrant is subject to a full refund or the tuition can be applied to enrollment in another class.  Failure by a participant to cancel a class registration 24 hours in advance of the date of the offering will necessitate full payment of tuition and fees.  Someone may substitute for you at any time.

Two new maintenance classes have been added to address the needs of the participants in the Maintenance Excellence training. There are some grant funds available for reimbursement of the training costs. Register for one unit for the price of $1495, or both for $2800. Maximum class size is 14 people.

For more information regarding the training program or the grant funding, contact the McHenry County Workforce Network at 815-334-2779.

REGISTRATION: Visit to register for one or both of the workshops. The deadline for registration is May 8th. Cancellations made within 14 days of the series start will result in 50% of the course fees.


McHenry Maintenance May June 2017
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Join GACC Midwest's networking event on April 11 at Harper College in Palatine, IL and learn from executives from mhub, BMW Technologies, Ipsen, Winzeler Gear and more about

• Universities & Startups: Driving Innovation Through Partnerships
• Forget Foosball Tables: Effective Ways to Recruit and Retain (Young) Talent
• Business Success on a Budget: International Marketing Strategies
• Successful Growth: Opportunities and Challenges of M&A

With almost 1,400 German businesses operating in the Midwest, the region represents an attractive business location, particular for transatlantic trade. Meet our network and prepare your SME for the future. Sign up here:


GACC Midwest SME Forum



The McHenry County Economic Development Foundation is pleased to be a sponsor of this STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) event. Engaging with the workforce of the future is important to our economy and we hope you will stop by this exciting event.

The third annual FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Northern Illinois League Qualifier will be held at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on February 11, 2016.

Details for the Northern Illinois League Qualifier:
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 10:00am -5:00pm

Place: McHenry County College 8900 US-14 Crystal Lake, Illinois
Admission: Free


2017 NILC Press Release
> click to download pdf


For more information about volunteering or sponsoring the event, go to

For more information about FTC or other programs offered by FIRST, go to


Schedule your workforce training NOW! 

What’s new in 2017?...

üBecome a Scrum Master

üTrain the Trainer Workshop

üManaging Generations in the Workplace

üOSHA Update Seminar

üLinkedIn for Sales & Networking

Back by popular demand…

üSocial Media Bootcamp

üProject Management Professional Series

üSupervisor Leadership Series

üBlue Print Reading

üAccounting Basics for the Non-Accountant

Check out these courses and more in the latest schedule…

Online registration available for non-credit courses at:

For more information:  815-455-8593   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Local Exports Drive Growth in McHenry County

McHenry County is a great place to build and grow a business, but as many of our local companies know, more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside the U.S., and international markets offer great potential for growth and expansion. More than 22,000 companies exported from Illinois in 2013, including many with fewer than 500 employees. These businesses have not only grown their bottom lines, but have also created jobs here in McHenry County by reaching untapped markets abroad.

Exporting enables companies to expand and diversify risk, helping them increase revenue, and ultimately increase overall profitability after export development costs have been covered. Expanding into international markets is essential for companies in today’s global economy, and reaching consumers in other countries is an important source of business development growth.

Exporting offers our local companies an unmatched range of opportunities, and McHenry County is pleased to partner with Metro Chicago Exports to help companies maximize their export potential. For the second year running, the Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program will award grants up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in McHenry County and Northeastern Illinois.

These grants will reimburse 50 percent of eligible expenses associated with exporting, such as executive training, trade show participation, and international certifications. The 2016 Grant Program will accept applications through May 27, 2016. Later this year, Metro Chicago Exports will host a pitch fest during which both 2015 and 2016 grant recipients will be eligible to submit a pitch for additional funding totaling $30,000.

This program benefits not only its recipients, but McHenry County and the broader region. As grant recipients engage with customers in international markets, they ultimately grow their local operations to keep up with demand, and bring economic benefits back home.

We encourage McHenry County companies to explore the benefits of exporting and to apply for grants through Metro Chicago Exports.

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Additional details and eligibility requirements pertaining to the 2016 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program are available at or contact Pam Cumpata, President, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation at 815.893.0895.

The Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago and the Metro Economic Growth Alliance (MEGA) of Chicago, of which McHenry County EDC is a founding member, worked together to develop key Industry Clusters reports that are significant to the Northeast Illinois economy. The Industry Clusters represent similar industries that are closely connected through supply chains and shared labor pools within the region. These reports help local employers identify resources and needs within the region.

To see the manufacturing cluster report, click here. Others reports on Transportation & Logistics, are available for download from the McHenry County WIB website.

Do you have a great idea sketched out on a napkin or sitting in a drawer for some day?

That someday may be Monday, March 7th, 2016.

The McHenry County Makers Movement is in the early stages of developing a group of entrepreneurs,
innovators, mentors and angel investors. 

Join us as we work to create our own ‘Makers’ group on Monday, March 9th.

Our offices are at the Mental Health Building, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake,  

Networking will be from 4:30 – 5pm and at 5 pm, Stan Lynall, one of the founders and architects of the Central Illinois Angels (CIA) will discuss how they formed a group to help develop entrepreneurs in Central Illinois.

RSVP’s are welcome but not required. 815.893.0895

Enhancing Excellence’ -Breakfast Business Series
Midwest Economic Update
Date: April 12, 2016
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 am

Crystal Lake Country Club
721 Country Club Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 
$20.00 MCEDC investor/members 
$35.00 Others
Speaker: William A. Strauss, CBE Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
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Advanced reservations and payment in full required. Payment options: Checks, PayPal or Credit Cards. Credit Card payments accepted by Phone.

With the outstanding response to the first two sessions, the McHenry County Economic Development Foundation has invited Stan Lynall, CPA to speak at the third ‘MeetUp’ session for Entrepreneurs, Business Mentors and Potential Investors. Mr. Lynall is one of the founders and architects of the Central Illinois Angels (CIA). Central Illinois Angels is a nonprofit membership-based angel investment organization composed of business leaders and professionals in Central Illinois. Over the last seven years, the CIA has invested over $8 million dollars in early stage opportunities. Mr. Lynall will discuss how forming the investment group has led to growth in local business opportunities due to the CIA’s investments in a variety of technological advancements developed by entrepreneurs in the area. He will also be discussing how resources such as the Peoria Nest co-working space and the Bradley University Peoria Next Innovation Center further foster the growth of new technological opportunities in Central Illinois. Al Van Maren, a local McHenry County entrepreneur who visited Peoria, remarked “learning from our friends in Peoria will help us here to better devise a plan and organize what would serve the people of McHenry county best.”

Pam Cumpata, President of McHenry County Economic Development Foundation, encourages “anyone who is interested in being a part of a Maker’s Movement right here in McHenry County should plan to join us on March 7th. We are looking for innovators, entrepreneurs, investors as well as mentors in all areas who are interested in helping grow the opportunities available here in McHenry County.”

Please join us on:

Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

4:30 to 5:00 pm  Networking
5:00 to 6:00 pm Stan Lynall Presentation

McHenry County Economic Development Foundation
620 Dakota Street – Mental Health Bld (2 story building in rear )
Crystal Lake, IL

Registration is requested call 815.893-0895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, contact Pam Cumpata at 815.893.0895



Workforce Development Week is just around the corner.  

Learn more about the exciting events being offered.

Dates: August 31, 2015 - September 3, 2015

McHenry County Workforce Center
500 Russel Court
Woodstock, IL 60098

815-338-7100 ext. 2771


Tuesday, September 1st - High Tech Business and Job Opportunities for You to Leverage

Click to download flyer


Full Week Schedule, including details about the Open House on Wednesday, September 2nd

Click to download flyer

Learn about managing energy demand in manufacturing facilities & how ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business® financial incentives can help

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Northern Illinois University- Rockford
8500 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Please contact Bea Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-969-4255 by December 8, 2014.


620 Dakota Street • Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 893-0895