The U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago, Libertyville, Peoria and Rockford organizes and supports conferences, seminars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade. Our goal is to help local U.S. exporters sell globally. A sampling of our events includes:

  • Executive briefings in our office with one of our visiting Commercial Service Officers from around the world.
  • Educational export seminars and online webinars.
  • Matchmaking and export counseling services at international trade shows overseas and the U.S.

By organizing trade missions and educational seminars; providing matching or export counseling services at trade shows; and recruiting buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows, the U.S. Government helps U.S. exporters expand global sales at trade events.


September 27, 2011: An Insider’s View of IP Protection in China: Enforcement, Portfolio Management, Licensing and Policy – Rosemont, IL
Special luncheon program sponsored by the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago in collaboration with the Illinois District Export Council and the U.S. Commercial Service – Chicago.  Presentation by He Jing, Senior Consultant, ZY Partners Law Firm, Beijing.  will highlight some key aspects in China’s IP practice through war stories and first-hand experience.  The topics will cover: a deeper understanding of Chinese patents; the truth about trademark enforcement and strategies; important tips on developing IP portfolios; paying attention to designs and trade secrets; and other important areas - Internet, licensing and government relations.  11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Rosewood Restaurant, 9421 West Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL.  Members & clients of sponsoring organizations - $40; Non-members - $50.  For information & registration, please see: www.itagc.org/docs/ITAGC_Calendar_3552.pdf.


September 27-28, 2011: Laser Institute of America’s Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) – Schaumburg
The LIA, the international society for laser application and safety, is hosting its inaugural trade show for U.S. and international companies interested in integrating laser technology into their production. Join the U.S. Commercial Service at LME, which will serve as a one stop shop for manufacturers where they can learn more about lasers, find overseas markets, speak directly with laser companies that provide the full spectrum of laser technology and learn how lasers can help them. Attendees will learn about automation equipment, laser choices, beam delivery, safety considerations, applications development and meet exhibitors that supply these products & services. LME will be the place to see the latest in laser technology, network with the industry's elite and find solutions to current and future manufacturing needs. There will be keynote presentations by industry experts on the impact of Laser technology in the Automotive Manufacturing, Aerospace, Additive Manufacturing and Medical Device Industries. For more information contact http://www.lia.org/conferences/laserevent.


September 28, 2011 from 11:00am-12:30pm CST: Exploring the Middle East – Webinar
Join experienced U.S. Commercial Service officers from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain in a webinar providing you with market overviews and strategies for entering these booming economies. The Middle East continues to develop its infrastructure and is actively seeking U.S. suppliers, especially in the sectors of electrical power, telecommunications, aviation, and renewable energy. The webinar will discuss the best prospects for U.S. exports to the region as well as the regulatory environment, the Free Trade Agreements with Jordan and Bahrain, and upcoming trade shows and expos in the region. Cost: $45. To register, visit http://www.texastrade.org/export-to-the-middle-east or call 210-458-2470.


September 29, 2011: Government Resources for U.S. Exporters with Congressman Kinzinger – Ottawa, IL
Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois’ 11th congressional district will host a seminar for Illinois companies on U.S. government resources available to companies wishing to expand their international sales. The seminar is being organized in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service offices in Chicago and Peoria, and will feature speakers from that agency as well as from the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Topics covered will include assistance available for: finding international buyers & distributors, working capital to produce export orders, and insurance against non-payment of international receivables. Local Illinois companies will also share their own export experiences and advice. Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm. Venue: City Council Chamber, Ottawa City Hall, Ottawa, IL. Cost: Free. Continental breakfast provided. To register, please send your complete contact info (name, company name, address, email, telephone: to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov with cc to Reed.Wilson@mail.house.gov


September 30, 2011: U.S.-Latin America Business Promotion Tour – Chicago
Breakfast program sponsored by: U.S. Commercial Service Chicago; the Business Council for International Understanding; Baker & McKenzie LLP; International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; Illinois District Export Council. Presentations by The Honorable Peter Michael McKinley, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, and The Honorable Phyllis M. Powers, U.S. Ambassador to Panama. The Ambassadors will be accompanied by their respective Senior Commercial Officers. Limited private meeting time is also available with the Ambassadors and Commercial Officers following the breakfast program, and will be scheduled on a first-come basis. 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Baker & McKenzie, 130 East Randolph Drive, Chicago. Members & clients of sponsoring organizations - $30; Non-members - $45. Advance registration required.  For information & registration, please see: http://www.bciu.org/latinamericatour.


October 3-5, 2011:  The U.S.-Russia Business Council's 19th Annual Meeting "Russia on the Cusp” – Chicago
The U.S. Commercial Service-Chicago is a supporting organization for this meeting, which will feature panels exploring Russia's investment attractiveness and market opportunities on the cusp of national elections, the country's leadership of APEC, and its long-awaited WTO accession, as well as energy and healthy workforce issues, and how the country's planned privatization, financial services reforms and industrial policies may impact its competitiveness. Confirmed keynote and panel speakers include William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister, RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as executives from of Alcoa, Pfizer; ExxonMobil, VISA, Inc, and Deere & Company. A full list of speakers and a detailed agenda are available on the USRBC website: http://tinyurl.com/3tbtfso and indicate the DOC Export Assistance Center as the organization that sent you this invitation. Questions? Please contact Candice Pareshnev at USRBC at (202) 739-9180

October 11, 2011 @9:00am CST:  IP Protection at Trade Fairs- Webinar
Many U.S. companies exhibit their goods at trade fairs in China, but worry about protecting their IP at such exhibitions. The 110th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) begins on October 15th in Guangzhou. Please join us as Chris Bailey, consultant at Rouse’s Guangzhou office, gives us his tips for protecting your IP at the fair.    Dial-in/Log-in Information for Webinar:Audio:   Dial 800-593-8971.  Enter the pass code: CHINA ; Leader Name, if needed, is JANICE WINGO. Net Conference:  Point your web browser to: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW 8190448&p=CHINA&t=c;  Enter the Net Conference/Meeting Number: PW8190448 and Conference/Meeting Passcode:  CHINA; Click on “Proceed”.


October 13, 2011 @ 1:00pm CST:  Worldbank- How to Identify, Track and Pursue Global Offers 2011 - Webinar
Learn how you can take advantage of upcoming World Bank contract opportunities-- in less than 90 minutes, and without leaving your desk!  If you have ever been interested in pursuing global tenders made possible through World Bank funding, join US Department of Commerce Liaison to the World Bank, Mr. David Fulton, to learn how it's done. This webinar will present actual project and contract opportunities as examples, and irrespective of your industrial sector, the basic process for identifying, tracking and pursuing projects funded by multilaterals like the World Bank is the same. After the program, a limited number of one-on-one consultations with our Department of Commerce liaison to the World Bank, Mr. David Fulton, can be scheduled.  Cost: $40.00.  For registration and payment, please go to: Sandra.Collazo@trade.gov, 703-235-0333.


October 12-16, 2011: The U.S. Commercial Service's Global Publishing Team at Frankfurt Book Fair again to assist U.S. publishers!
As an added benefit we will be providing our updated and FREE Publishing Market Guide at the show.  This guide contains valuable market research reports to help publishers sell overseas. If you are interested in selling rights or books overseas, looking to expand into new markets or have country-specific questions, then this is a great time to meet with representatives from the CS Publishing Team in Frankfurt. Meet with us to receive your free market research guide and learn how we can help you sell international rights and titles. Schedule an appointment now: http://export.gov/newjersey/Forms/frankfurtbookfairshowtime/index.asp.  For any questions, please contact Vicki Tolefree at 312-353-3748 or Vicki.Tolefree@trade.gov.  To learn more about our Publishing Team, visit http://export.gov/industry/paper.

October 17-20, 2011:  Seoul Air Show – Korea
The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce has organized an “Aerospace Executive Service” at the Seoul Air Show 2011.  The Aerospace Executive Service (AES) is designed to deliver an effective business development package for small- and medium-sized companies combining aspects of a trade mission, trade show presence and networking activities.  As a participant in the AEROSPACE EXECUTIVE SERVICE, you will benefit from the following:  Individual booth space in the U.S. Pavilion for display of company literature, poster and meetings; Pre-scheduled meetings arranged by our in-country Commercial Specialist staff with potential partners, distributors, and/or end users; Pre-show Outreach and Press Release by our office in Korea; Pre-show breakfast briefing by the American Embassy such as JUSMAG-K;  Daily Transportation between AESTM hotel and the Air Show; One show pass per company representative;   Participation in U.S. Exhibitors Welcome Reception on October 17 by the show organizer;  One invitation to the U.S. VIP reception per participant by U.S. Ambassador to Korea;  Access to Official U.S. Pavilion amenities, including meeting area; Copy of the official Seoul Air Show 2011 Air Show Exhibitor’s Directory; Copy of AES Trade Mission Directory; On-site AES Trade Mission program coordinator.  More Information and registration is available at the following URL: http://www.export.gov/industry/aerospace/eg_main_030459.asp


October 27-29, 2011: Hotel, Hospitality & Food Show – Sri Lanka
The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka is sponsoring a US Pavilion at the Hotel, Hospitality & Food 2011 show, October 27-29th, 2011. The HHF show will be held at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Center in Colombo. HHF Show visitors are looking for investors and suppliers of all aspects to the hotel and tourism industry including furniture, equipment, kitchen, laundry, technical expertise, leisure items and equipment.  In 2010, the Sri Lankan economy grew over 8% and strong growth continues. HHF 2011 is a timely event as the tourism sector is experiencing significant growth with many new hotels and resorts being developed and existing hotels are refurbished in order to meet the increasing demand. The Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Development authority are supporting this event.   The cost of a 3m x 3m booth is $2,400 for international participants. The Embassy will provide $650 towards this amount, and therefore U.S. pavilion exhibitors only pay $1,750 per booth, inclusive of shell scheme, with standard booth furniture and electrical connections.  This show is organized by Montgomery Worldwide (mendisa@state.gov).


November 2-5, 2011:  National District Export Council (DEC) Conference & Expo – Las Vegas
at. This conference and expo will jump-start new-to-export companies and increase exporting know-how for businesses active in the global marketplace. This year’s conference theme, Exporting increases sales…It’s in the cards, makes clear that exporting may be the ace up your sleeve in keeping your business in the black.  The conference will feature Export University, a curriculum structured for new and experienced exporters; senior government policy officials discussing current issues and trends in exporting; workshops; one-on-one meetings with U.S.  and Foreign Commercial Service Officers, foreign consuls and commercial attaches; networking opportunities; and an exposition hall with export service providers, trade organizations, and businesses.  Venue:  Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  For more information and registration, please see www.decconference.com

November 8-9, 2011:  China Overseas Investment Fair:  EXPO and SelectUSA Seminar - Beijing
The Commercial Section of the Embassy of the United State of American invites all U.S. States and territories to join the U.S. Pavilion during the Third China Overseas Investment Fair 2011 in Beijing, November 8-9, and encourages all who cannot attend in person to participate in a Catalogue Show. The Commercial Section also offers to arrange one-on-one, in person meetings between participating US investment locations and potential investors and interested parties.  Fee: $200.  Information at http://export.gov/china/selectusa/eg_cn_039446.asp or contact Ms. WEI Jing at wei.jing@trade.gov, tel. +(86 10)-8531-4296 or in Chicago, Julie.Carducci@trade.gov .


November 13-17, 2011: ICT Catalog Show at Expotech Technology Week, Ramallah, West Bank
Each year Expotech draws around 20,000 visitors and 50 exhibitors. The U.S. Commercial Service Jerusalem is organizing this ICT Catalog Show for U.S. exporters of computer software and hardware, telecommunications equipment and services, audio and visual equipment, printing and graphic equipment, business equipment, and consumer electronics. To participate in the show, simply complete the registration form at: Martin.Claessens@trade.gov


November 14-18, 2011:  Automotive Trade Mission – Korea
Two years in the making, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is pleased to present a unique trade mission to companies interested in marketing products and services to OE automotive sector companies in South Korea. This mission is offered in partnership with FedEx, the “Korea Auto Parts & Auto-Related Industries” (KOAA) show organizer, the US Department of Commerce Automotive Team, and Automation Alley. What: Trade mission to Hyundai, Kia, GM Daewoo, SSang Yong and KOAA Show. When: November 14-18, 2011. Who: Suppliers of automotive parts/services, production equipment, and technology, plus community and economic development representatives. Fee: A generous contribution from FedEx will reduce mission costs to just $2,900 for 1st ten companies selected by CAR – off regular fee of $4,600. *  Application Deadline: October 7, 2011.  For more info, see Monica.Toporkiewicz@trade.gov


January 23-26, 2012: Arab Health-Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Office of Trade & Investment, OTI, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is leading interested Illinois companies in the Life Sciences to the Arab Health trade show at the Dubai World Trade Center. This is the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East, and the second largest in the world.  There is simply no other marketing platform for the global healthcare market to meet, learn and do business. In its 37th year it is expected to attract 65,000 healthcare professionals.  The regional industry is worth $80 billion per year. OTI has secured a booth for the participating Illinois companies. Matchmaking will also be available if company profiles are received at least 45 days before the event. Availability is based on first-come first-served. SMEs in Life Sciences are encouraged to apply especially firms that have not been to this show before.  The U.S. Commercial Service offices in both Illinois and UAE will also be supporting this event. Please contact Christian.Koschil@trade.gov for more info.  

New Videos on Export Regulations Can Guide Your Goods to Profits Abroad
Exporters often want to know: “Does my product need a license before I can sell it to an overseas buyer?” The answer is often “no,” as 95% of goods shipped from the U.S. don’t require a license. But exporters must do additional due diligence to make sure their goods are not sold to denied parties. In a new series of videos produced by the Trade Information Center and Foreign Trade Statistics, the basics of export regulations are presented in a clear and engaging way. The series also contains videos on how to use trade statistics to pinpoint best markets and the role of freight forwarders and letters of credit in the export process. There are now 20 short videos to help U.S. companies successfully participate in the National Export Initiative – click here to view.

Boost Your Service Exports by Connecting with Spanish Investors
Spanish investment in the US soared from $14 billion to $38 billion in just two years through 2008, making it the 10th largest investor in the US. This continuing trend is important to the US economy and provides untapped opportunities for US service exporters. Spanish investment focuses on clean energy, clean tech and infrastructure. The online ServiceSolutionsUSA directory promotes the services of US-based firms and economic development agencies to investors in Spain. The directory gives US companies access and exposure to Spanish clients who seek US expertise in accounting, branding, banking, consulting, global logistics, trade finance, insurance, legal, regulatory, site selection, and other needs. The year-long basic membership fee is waived for companies that join before June 1, 2010. Key Spanish partners supporting this initiative include the Spanish government's Institute of Foreign Trade, the Spanish Bio-tech Association, the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain - the largest business association in the country, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain. ServiceSolutionsUSA is featured on the US Commercial Service webpage in Spain, which has over 35,000 hits per month. Subscribe now and boost your service exports to Spain! Learn more/ register. Questions, please contact Carmen.Ribera@mail.doc.gov.

走进美国"- Generate Actionable PRC Client Leads for Your Service Expertise
"AccessAmerica" is our new online Chinese-language directory of U.S. firms that provide customized services to Chinese companies that want to conduct business in the U.S., including finding partners and setting up offices. The "AccessAmerica" Service Provider directory gives U.S.-based companies and economic development agencies access and exposure to Chinese clients who seek U.S. expertise in global logistics, trade finance, HR, site selection, tax, insurance, legal and regulatory issues, marketing, and other support related to investing in the U.S. It is promoted in China, in Chinese, in cooperation with our partners including the Council of American States in China, CCPIT, Shanghai Overseas Investment Development Board, the U.S.-China Business Council and the American Chambers of Commerce in China, among others. State partners include Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi and New York. AccessAmerica is featured on the U.S. Embassy Chinese webpage which has 100,000 hits per month. It is also featured at Invest in America programs in the U.S. and China, such as the China Overseas Investment Fair and Invest New York events in November. AccessAmerica was featured in China Business Review, Xinhua and China Trade News and is generating actionable leads for subscribers. Your listing will include company information, company logo, and contact details, all translated into Chinese, for a one-year subscription fee of $400. Increase your firm's visibility in China and boost your service exports! Click here to Visit "AccessAmerica" or direct questions to julie.carducci@trade.gov.


Visit our partners' event calendars for additional international trade and policy-related events:

Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing - http://norbic.org/events/cal.php

Chicago Council on Global Affairs - http://www.ccfr.org

International Trade Association of Greater Chicago - http://itagc.org/calendar

International Trade Club of Chicago - http://www.itcc.org

Global Midwest Alliance - http://www.globalmidwestalliance.org/index-1.html

University of Illinois Business & Industry Services - http://www.bis.uiuc.edu/schedule.html

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