COMMERCIAL SERVICE – ILLINOIS EXPORT NEWS:

Chicago Staff Joining Foreign Commercial Service 

     Congratulations and Farewell to International Trade Specialist Christian Koschil and Chicago Office Director, Shari Stout, who are moving on to the Foreign Commercial Service.  Christian’s last day in our Chicago office will be May 8.  Christian has been providing export assistance firms in the Healthcare Technologies sector in the Chicago area over the past 5 years.  He’ll be missed, but certainly not hard to find, since he’ll be working in one of the U.S. Department of Commerce / Commercial Service’s 150 international offices in 80 countries (location TBD).  In the meantime, please connect with Monica Toporkiewicz with any healthcare technology-related inquiries at Monica.Toporkiewicz@trade.gov.

     Shari Stout’s last day in the Chicago office will be May 15th.  She has served as the Chicago Office Director since October, and previously worked in the Peoria Office for 10 years as the Office Director and International Trade Specialist.  She will also be moving on to the Foreign Service.  In the meantime, Monica Toporkiewicz will serve as the Acting Director and Margaret Gottlieb in St. Louis will work with the Peoria USEAC clients.  Monica can be reach at Monica.Toporkiewicz@trade.gov and Margaret can be reached via email at Margaret.Gottlieb@trade.gov  Please bear with us as we work to cover these vacancies and bring on new staff.

EXPORT NEWS

New “United States of Trade” Report Details Benefits of U.S. Exports
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a new report, entitled: United States of Trade, which shows the benefits of access to global markets and how U.S. exports are helping to support U.S. jobs, economic growth and small businesses across the country.  The report spotlights 50 individual small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) success stories- one from each state- and details the benefits trade has on expanding their business by supporting well-paying American jobs. According to the report, about 300,000 SMEs across the 50 states currently export goods to foreign destinations, supporting millions of American jobs through direct exports as well participation in supply chains.  The report estimates that 11.7 million U.S. jobs were supported by goods and services exports in 2014.

Metro Chicago Exports New Grant Program to Help Small Businesses Grow Internationally
Metro Chicago Exports has announced its Grant Program to assist small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) increase their exports. SMEs can receive up to $5,000 for costs associated with doing business abroad, including U.S. Department of Commerce services such as International Partner Searches and Gold Key Matchmaking, as well as services related to education, financing, marketing, compliance, business development, and counseling.  The first wave application deadline is May 31, 2015.. For more information, visit www.MetroChicagoExports.com.  For questions, contact Program Manager Kelsey Schrenk at Kschrenk@MetroChicagoExports.com.  To apply, see Submit an application.

New Export Guide for A&E Firms Available
The 2015 Design Services Resources Guide: A Reference for U.S. Exporters has been released just in time for the National AIA Conference this week. This guide is designed to help U.S. firms, specifically small- and medium-sized enterprises, to identify promising markets for U.S. design service providers, as well as resources to help them succeed.  In industry trends toward increased international activity, this reference guide serves to assist U.S. firms with strategic planning to best position themselves for success in new markets. It offers foreign market intelligence along seven key market indicators and compiles comparative information to assist U.S. design firms with market selection.  This year’s guide provides information for eight countries: Brazil, China, India, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia.  New market information will continue to be added.  To obtain an electronic copy of this 74-page guide, please email debra.rogers@trade.gov.

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