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Export Seminars & Events 

Partners' Event Calendars

Illinois' International Business Calendar of Events

U.S. Department of Commerce - Illinois Trade Events

Stay Local. Sell Global.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

The University Center of Lake County – 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake, IL

Join us and discover the many global trade opportunities available to your small business!

Learn about today's global trade environment and how to generate new business while building a greater understanding of the international business development process. We will discuss establishing your export process, selecting markets, locating new customers, financing your export ventures, logistics and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Take away key export strategies and practical tools necessary for your business to go global!

Event includes:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Panel discussion with industry experts
  • Export resource packet and solutions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Q&A session
  • Lunch

More information available here.

Exporting 101 Workshop Series

October 2014

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC- 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL

 The International Trade Center of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is hosting a 3-part Exporting 101 workshop series in October 2014 to help businesses understand what exporting is, who to sell to, how to export, and how to get paid.

More information available here.

SIUC Fall 2014 Workshops

October-December 2014

Various Times

Dunn-Richard Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive, Carbondale

Starting a Business in Illinois

This two-hour informational seminar covers the basic requirements of starting your own business including: legal structure, start-up requirements, finding financing and business planning basics. A business start-up kit is included with the registration fee. Our Business Start-Up Kit, available in both print and electronic format, includes the following materials: a business start-up checklist, the presentation slides, financing questions and answers packet, a sample business plan, federal and state tax identification applications, and much more. Registration for the seminar is $15.

More information available here.

Export Documentation: Succeeding in the International Trade Business

Export documentation is a tedious but necessary process and all exporters must pay close attention as documentation requirements vary considerably by country, commodity, and situation. Proper export documentation is essential in avoiding delays in transit and customs clearance at the points of origin and destination. Guest Speaker: Ric Frantz is the CEO and co-founder of LR International Inc. a global logistics and consulting firm located near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Frantz will cover the information necessary to complete the more common documents required to export from the United States and unveil the ramifications of incorrect or inaccurate information. Registration is free; however, RSVP is required by Monday, October 20.

More information available here.

International Shipping 101 – How to Best Utilize your Freight Forwarder

Thursday, October 16, 2014

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

1st floor conference room, 8430 West Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL

How to better understand the physical movement of International Cargo with regards to ISF, loading on vessels, rail and dray movements. How they are all interconnected and how they are affected by external forces such as Customs Exams, port congestion, equipment and driver shortages. Having an understanding of the internal workings of transportation will assist Traffic Mangers to better plan for arrival or departure of their goods.

Topics that can be covered:

  • AES entry,
  • Steamship Line Ocean Bill of Lading Processing. Workflow of an Export Ocean and
  • Air booking, from quotation to physical booking all the way through Export Tracking.

How Export shipments transit to their final destinations via USA Airport and Ocean Ports?

How freight is managed by a Freight Forwarder. Routing of Cargo for Origin to Destination.?

How freight is loaded onto a vessel or aircraft, truck based on size, weight, etc?

How to choose the right Ocean Container for your shipment?

More information available here.

Food & Beverage Industry Export Resource Forum

Thursday, November 6, 2014

3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Hosted by ICNC- 320 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL

Illinois food producers, as well as equipment manufacturers and other foodservice and restaurant industry suppliers have a wealth of support options available for expanding their international sales. This informational forum, panel discussion, and networking opportunity will map out the export resources available to food and beverage industry companies, including specialized market entry assistance and grant programs. Learn from experts as well as from successful small business food industry exporters about going global!

Panelists to include:

  • Illinois DCEO Office of Trade & Investment
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • US Commercial Service
  • Food Export Midwest
  • Successful local foodservice & food industry exporters

More information available here.