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NAFTA Training

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Loveland Community Center - 513 W. 2nd Street Dixon, IL

The IL SBDC International Trade Center is hosting full day training on NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) on Tuesday, August 12 in Dixon, presented by Mr. Mike Allocca, a premier compliance trainer. To determine if a product is eligible for NAFTA benefits requires an understanding of the rules of origin. This course will review those rules, outlining a step-by-step approach to qualifying a product for this trade agreement, help you apply those rules to your company's products, and then correctly complete and maintain the proper documentation to take advantage of the reduced tariffs under NAFTA. Resources, training materials and lunch are included for $50.00 per person.

More information available here.

Going Global

Thursday, March 13, 2014

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Wintrust Corporate - 9700 W. Higgins Road Rosemont, IL

Exporting from the USA is more than sending your cargo to an export warehouse, and starting this process can be difficult. This seminar will review resources available to small businesses, how to communicate your needs, and learn about SBA financing options. Topics include:

  • Export-Import Bank
  • Letters of Credit
  • Foreign Exchange
  • International Trade Advisory Services

More information available here.

Trade Breakfast Series

Thursday, March 13, 2014

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Morris Center - Redbud Oak Room

Export Seminar Flyer

This Trade Breakfast Series will introduce concepts and discussion from Regions Bank, IMEC and the SIUE International Trade Center on important topics for your business. Topics include:

  • Manufacturing Focus: Lean, quality and other optimization tools for your business
  • Trends for key manufacturing sectors around the world
  • Creative ways to mitigate risk and protect your profit margins
  • How to increase sales through export credit insurance & loan guarantee programs

More information available here.

Roundtable Discussion Featuring Export Services of U.S. Commercial Service

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Join the Illinois Trade Center (ITC) at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce for a seminar focusing on how to utilize the U.S. Commercial Service's services of trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy that exporters need to connect with lucrative business opportunities globally. More information available here.

Get Your Business Noticed Worldwide!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center - 1740 Innovation Drive Carbondale, IL

Export Seminar Flyer

The Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) will present many new ways to get your business noticed worldwide. This seminar will provide application guidelines, eligibility requirements, and introduce the technical and financial resources available through Illinois' State Trade and Export Promotion (ISTEP) program, which is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses begin to export and create new markets for their products and services.

Hurley Myers, Founder and CEO of DxR Development Group in Carbondale will also be on hand to explain how he has used trade shows to begin exporting his software into multiple other countries. Please join us for lunch afterward. Registration is free; however RSVP is required by January 24, 2014. More information available here.

Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion (ISTEP) Program Seminar

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Governors State University - Sherman Hall

Export Seminar Flyer

The Illinois International Trade Center at GSU and State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment will host the ISTEP (Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion) Program Seminar on December 10, 2013 at Governors State University. This informative seminar will provide ISTEP program application guidelines, eligibility requirements, as well as introduce more resources available to U.S. exports.

ISTEP provides Illinois companies with financial and technical assistance through the federal and state funding. The program is designed to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) begin to export and create new markets for their products and services. More information available here.

Export Workshop

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC - Champaign, IL

Please join us in Champaign, IL on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 for a free export workshop hosted by the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County EDC and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). More information available here.

Found Money Seminar

Porte Brown and The Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing is hosting a 'Found Money Seminar'

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Porte Brown, LLC. - 845 Oakton St. Elk Grove Village, IL

In 2012, the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing directly assisted over 150 companies to receive $6.3 million in government grants and reimbursement programs. Technical assistance has resulted in millions of dollars in increased sales, government bids and low-cost loans.

The Alliance has identified over 85 different grants and programs at the federal, state and local levels that are available to small and medium-sized businesses, and will help guide companies through the complex processes of applying for such incentives.

To register, click here.

Financial Support for International Competitiveness

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Northern Illinois University - Rockford

The State of Illinois will financially support 21 trade missions to foreign markets between now and June 30, 2014. Attend this event to find out how you can reach significant financial support from the State of Illinois to participate.

  • Delegations focused on 14 different industries, including advanced manufacturing, health care, higher education, and others.
  • Delegations traveling to 14 foreign markets on 5 continents.

    Further information available here

    CE Marking: An Overview of European Regulations and the CE System

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Morris Center - Illinois-Mississippi Rooms

    This seminar provides manufacturers, suppliers and other organizations the "know-how" and materials needed to comply with CE marking. This program presents an in-depth analysis of European harmonization, European technical trade regulation and the complete CE marking process. Other topics covered include CE marking strategic considerations, trends in regulation and conformity assessment. The practical application of European directives and other CE documentation will be utilized in this training.

    You can also hear the latest about the Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion (ISTEP) program and how your company can receive financial and technical assistance to participate in trade missions, foreign market sales trips, product compliance and other market entry support. More information available here.

    Export Manufacturers’ Finance Roundtables

    Tuesdays (October 1-29, 2013)

    8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    MB Finance Bank – 1400 16th Street, Oak Brook, IL

    Exclusively for managers and executives of manufacturing and/or export firms, these finance roundtables will be offered every Tuesday throughout the month of October 2013. The weekly roundtable themes are as follows:

    October 1 – Export Financing: The Basics of L/C & Collections

    October 8 – Credit Insurance/Shipping on Open Account

    October 15 – Shipping Documents

    October 22 – Working Capital Finance

    October 29 – Exploring Global Markets

    More information available here.

    International Trade Show Marketing

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, First Floor - 320 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL

    The Illinois SBDC International Trade Centers at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago and NORBIC/The Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and Illinois' DCEO Office of Trade and Investment invite you to:

  • Learn successful international trade show marketing strategies from Skyline Exhibits' international trade show specialist trainer.
  • Hear about the Illinois State Trade abnd Export Promotion (ISTEP) financial assistance program from Illinois' DCEO Office of Trade and Invesetment.
  • Find out how your company can receive financial and technical assistance for and participate in trade missions, foreign market sales trips, product compliance and other market entry support.

    More information available here.

    Prepare for Export Success

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    NIU Naperville Conference Center - Room 105

    Exports of consumer food products are growing three times faster than sales here in the U.S., which have soared in recent years in response to consumers' growing purchasing power and lower trade barriers. Join Food Export-Midwest, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Export Assistance Center - Chicago as we provide an overview of the opportunities available around the globe and what it takes for a company to become export ready. More information available here.

    Export to Mexico

    Friday, September 27, 2013

    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago - 320 N. Damen, Chicago, IL

    Mexico is by far one of the most important export markets for Illinois small businesses: exports from Illinois to Mexico totaled nearly $6.4 billion in 2012, an 80% increase since 2009. The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago is hosting an in-depth training on the specifics of exporting to Mexico for small to mid-sized businesses. More information available here.

    International Business After-Hours: Optimize your Global Transactions

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Prairie St. Brewhouse - 200 Prairie St., Rockford, IL

    The international landscape is fraught with ever-changing rules and regulations. Planning for international activities can help any size company achieve their business goals in a tax-efficient manner and compete more effectively in a global environment. Join us as we discuss hot topics that can protect your interests. More information available here.

    Export Workshop on Harmonized Codes, Incoterms and SBA Updates

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Registration: 8:15 AM

    Program: 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

    University of Illinois Extension - 1209 Wente Drive. Effingham, IL

    HARMONIZED CODES – A basic step in selling goods or services to other countries certainly includes the use of the Harmonized system (HS) that is used by 97% of all nations. It enables research and marketing to speak the “world” language of what you have to offer. This workshop will walk you through classification examples and how to properly identify your offer to the world.

    INCOTERMS – While the legal terms of sale in international business sound similar to those used domestically, meanings do differ and it is important to know the international standards.

    SBA UPDATES – On export programs of benefit to both business owners and lenders.

    More information available here.

    Starting Your Business in Illinois Seminar

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Tinley Park Village Hall

    This two hour workshop focuses on the financial and legal aspects of starting your business. Learn what steps to take and what resources are available. More information available here.

    Access to Capital

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Wintrust Corporation - 9700 Higgins Rd., Rosemont, IL

    Attend this interactive seminar and find out how the Small Business Administration (SBA) programs can help fund growth and be an alternative resource of capital for small and midsize businesses. Hosted by Wintrust Corporate and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing. A team of experts will debunk the myths about SBA Programs, discuss the main loan programs offered by the SBA and share real life examples, and insight into the criteria used to evaluate a loan request. More information available here.

  • Illinois’ State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Seminars. FREE to attend

    December 11, 2012 – Click here for information
    Elgin Community College
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    December 13, 2012 - Click Here for information
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Webinar

    December 14, 2012 – Click Here for Information
    NIU-Rockford
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Registration

    December 18, 2012 – Click Here for information
    Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Registration

    January 17, 2013 – Click Here for information
    Governor’s State University ITC
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Registration

    January 23, 2013 – Click Here for information
    Centralia Tech Center
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    April 23, 2013 – Click Here for information
    Women's Business Development Center - Chicago
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    April 24, 2013 – Click Here for information
    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    April 25, 2013 – Click Here for information
    Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
    9:00 AM - 11:30 AM


    CHICAGO BUSINESSES MEET THE WORLD

    Please join the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce International Trade Center for the CHICAGO BUSINESSES MEET THE WORLD: Chicago International Trade Commissioners’ Association Networking reception on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Click here for more information.


    International Trade Club of Chicago

    Fall Trade Lecture and Business Networking Reception “The U.S. Foreign Service: Behind the Scenes of American Diplomacy”

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Join the international business community for a stimulating presentation followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres! More information available here.

    Brazil-U.S. Business Forum and Cultural Exchange

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago and the State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment, is hosting the third edition of the Brazil-U.S. Business Forum and Cultural Exchange on August 23, 2012, which will showcase experts, business leaders and government officials. They will discuss the commercial opportunities that investments in Brazil’s technology and infrastructure offer American and Brazilian entrepreneurs.

    Global Human Resources

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 – Grayslake, IL

    This roundtable program will focus on giving an exporter an overview of the different employment laws and norms in other countries, methods of recruiting talent in local markets, and employee compensation and development. The workshop is held at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Course Fee: $30. For more information and to register, visit: http://wpdi.clcillinois.edu/sbdc/courses.asp.

    Import Compliance and Other Government Agency (OGA) Awareness

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - Vernon Hills, IL

    This seminar provides both novice and experienced import compliance professionals with an in-depth education on import control regulations. The workshop is held at the College of Lake County’s Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills, Illinois, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Course Fee: $89. For more information and to register, visit: http://wpdi.clcillinois.edu/sbdc/courses.asp.

    Global Logistics and Compliance

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – Grayslake, IL

    This workshop will provide an overview of export controls and regulations mandated by agencies of the Federal Government. Discussion will include export shipping documentation, harmonized tariff, and global shipping and distribution strategies. The workshop is held at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Course Fee: $49. For more information and to register, visit: http://wpdi.clcillinois.edu/sbdc/courses.asp.

    Go Global International Trade Conference

    Tuesday, April 3rd & Wednesday, April 4th

    The Go Global Conference in Rockford is an important trade conference that may benefit your company. This two-day conference is among the largest international trade conferences in the Mid-West, focused on connecting businesses to resources in international finance, logistics, management & marketing. The conference will take place at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford. Course fee: $135 (all inclusive). Please click here for more info, or visit: www.GoGlobal-ITC.com.

    How to Make Exporting Easier and Profitable; INCOTERMS & Payment Methods

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    This seminar will help you understand the risks in international trade and how best to apply the newest INCOTERMS 2010 to real-life situations. You will learn the advantages, risks and motivations of buyers and sellers in negotiating a particular method of payment. The seminar will take place at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 9am-12pm. Course fee: $55 (includes breakfast, parking and materials). To find out more about the event, please visit www.siue.edu/business/itc.

    How to Make Exporting Easier and Profitable; Export Documentation and Compliance

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Correct documentation and compliance to export controls and licensing are critical to every international transaction. This seminar will provide a complete review of all commercial, legal and transport documents that you will need to conclude your export sale successfully as well as a detailed explanation of export license regulations that will help you to fully comply with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and avoid serious administrative, civil or even criminal penalties. The seminar will take place at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1pm-4pm. Course fee: $75 (includes lunch, parking and materials). To find out more about the event, please visit www.siue.edu/business/itc.

    Ready, Set, Go Global

    Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 2012 - Online

    Join in on the free interactive webinar to learn about all the ins and outs of taking your company to the global level. The webinar is hosted by the College of DuPage's Illinois International Trade Center, and goes from 1-2pm on the Mondays listed above. Please click here for more information, or visit: http://ilsbdc.ecenterdirect.com.

    Global Marketing Strategies

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – Grayslake, IL

    The Global Marketing Strategies roundtable workshop will give exporters valuable insight on how to best promote their products overseas and better understand their international customers. Discussion will focus on finding & using the correct sales channels, using the best brand promotion vehicles, international sales best practices, global networking and how to adapt your sales message by understanding cultural differences. The workshop is held at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Course fee: $49. For more information and to register, visit: http://wpdi.clcillinois.edu/sbdc/courses.asp.

    Opportunity Australia! Luncheon

    Monday, March 19 at Intercontinental Chicago

    The U.S. Ambassador to Australia, The Hon Jeffrey L. Bleich, has arranged a special trip back to the U.S. to explain the important business opportunities available to U.S. companies in Australia. He'll provide an overview of the Australian economy, its top sectors and how stateside resources can help you export.

    For more information and to register, events@amcham.com.au.

    Global Accounting & Finance

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – Grayslake, IL

    This interactive workshop will provide an overview of finance and accounting topics that directly relate to exporting. Experts on export banking, accounting, and finance will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions. The workshop is held at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Course fee: $59. For more information and to register, visit: http://wpdi.clcillinois.edu/sbdc/courses.asp.

    Export Basics

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - Grayslake, IL

    Where will your next customer come from? Explore how exporting can grow your business. This workshop will discuss the basics of exporting – assessing export potential & readiness and developing an export plan & strategy. The workshop is held at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, 8:00-10:00 a.m. Course fee: $30. For more information and to register, visit: http://wpdi.clcillinois.edu/sbdc/courses.asp.

    Export Transportation Summit - Strategies for Soy & Agriculture

    Thursday, February 16, 2012 - University Park, IL

    For more information and to register, visit: http://ilsoyevent.org.

    Export Compliance – Beyond the Basics!

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – Vernon Hills, IL

    This is a fast paced export compliance class designed for exporters, shippers and manufacturers who are interested in training their staff on rules and regulations for export. The workshop is held at the College of Lake County’s Southlake campus in Vernon Hills, Illinois, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Course fee: $89. For more information and to register, visit: http://wpdi.clcillinois.edu/sbdc/courses.asp.

    Fall 2011 Export Seminar Series

    Small and medium-sized businesses are invited to join us to learn about Illinois' new State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) $1.26 million grant program and Illinois' other export programs and services that are available to help find new overseas markets. These will be free, informative and practical export seminars.

    STEP, funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration, supports Governor Pat Quinn's goal of doubling Illinois exports by year-end 2014 and will help Illinois businesses export their products and services world-wide.

    Tuesday, October 25 | Carbondale
    Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center
    150 E Pleasant Hill Road
    10 a – 1 p (includes lunch)

    Thursday, November 3 | Edwardsville
    Morris University Center
    Hickory/Hackberry Rooms
    10 a – 1 p (includes noon networking lunch)

    Monday, November 7 | Chicago
    Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC)
    320 N Damen Avenue, First Floor
    9 – 10:30 a

    Tuesday, November 8 | Rockford
    EIGERlab
    605 Fulton Avenue
    8 – 10 am (includes breakfast)

    Wednesday, November 9 | Peoria
    Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
    801 West Main Street
    8 – 10 am (includes breakfast)

    Wednesday, November 9 | Moline
    Blackhawk College, Butterworth Educational Center
    701 11th Avenue
    10 am – Noon (lunch provided)

    Thursday, November 14 | University Park
    Governor State University Hall of Honors
    1 University Parkway
    1:30 – 4 p

    Thursday, November 17 / Naperville
    U of I Business Innovation Services
    Naperville Center, 1100 E Warrenville Rd, Naperville
    8:30 to 9:00 am Networking (includes continental breakfast)
    9:00 to 11:00 Presentation and Questions

    Contact Becky Schlouch at (217) 785-2709 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (217) 785-2709 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting or becky.schlouch@illinois.gov if you have any questions or need further information.