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Past Seminars 

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.