Upcoming Events

Accessing the Mexican Market l Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 – 11:00 AM CT 

We invite Illinois businesses to join DCEO's Office of Trade and Trade and Investment for a webinar on accessing the Mexican market. This webinar will provide an overview of the export opportunities for Illinois companies and provide a preview of the OTI-led multi-sector Virtual Trade Mission to Mexico scheduled for November 2021. Mexico's $1.3 trillion economy is the 15th largest in the world and the second largest in Latin America. Mexico is Illinois' second largest export market. Join us to learn more about opportunities for Illinois businesses in a variety of sectors.

Registration required: https://bit.ly/3jz3xWd


Cross Cultural Communications & Negotiations l Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – 10:00am CT

Cross-cultural communication in negotiations is not only about discussing and reaching an agreement but also about being aware that what is appropriate in one culture may not work in another. By investing in cultural awareness, you can accomplish a lot more with your foreign counterparts, furthermore, you easily win yourself an advantage over your competitors. Join this one-hour workshop to develop cultural awareness and learn some practical tips for how to manage cross-cultural communications/ negotiations more effectively.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3zqgxTo


Export Opportunities to Japan and South Korea: A Trade Mission Preview Webinar l Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CT

Join DCEO's Office of Trade and Investment for a market briefing on export opportunities in Japan and South Korea. Gain insight into the market size, business climate, and export opportunities for Illinois companies, knowledge of sector-specific opportunities, and understanding of how to do business in Japan and South Korea to help your company build a practical market entry or expansion strategy. Japan and South Korea are two of the largest economies in Asia-Pacific, and they present many opportunities to Illinois exporters. Join us to learn more and get a preview of a planned Trade Mission in 2022.  

Registration required: https://bit.ly/3kdk0hV


Building Resilience in the Global Supply Chain l Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – 10:00am CT

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of the global supply chain. One year has passed, and while we are no longer struggling to finding basic goods or PPE, the shortages are still everywhere. Supply chain disruptions are nothing new and are unlikely to dissipate with ongoing natural disasters, geopolitical instability, and cyber-attacks worldwide. Join this one-hour webinar to learn about how to build resilience in your global supply chain and mitigate disruption risks in the future.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3BuqMH3


Practicality of USMCA: How to Apply the Regulations l Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – 12:00pm CT

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University is collaborating with BDG International to discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Our presenter will discuss the important developments in regard to: by what means a product originates; special rules of origin as "de minimis" that have changed since NAFTA; documentation requirements and verifications.


  • Important developments included in the USMCA
  • Recovery of originating content (related parties)
  • Importation of goods into Mexico and Canada
  • Move those goods efficiently and legally

Register here: bit.ly/USMCA127


Foreign Exchange and Currency Risk Management l Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 10:00am CT

Webinar sponsored by the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center of Lake County. Presentation by Angie Kappel, CTP, V.P. – Foreign Exchange of Associated Bank, NA, who will cover an introduction to the foreign exchange market, how to read and understand the exchange rates and basic tools for currency risk management. You will learn the pros and cons of dealing in other currencies and the steps of creating an invoice in foreign currencies.

Registration Required: http://tadclc.bdifocus.com/Training/TrainingDetails.aspx?tid=421  


Logistical solutions for exporting to the Asia-Pacific region l Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – 9:00am CT

Join the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment to learn about logistics of exporting to Asia-Pacific, particularly given the ongoing pandemic. Hear from industry specialist Paul Jarzombek of LR International, Inc. a top international freight forwarding firm with expertise in the region.

To register go to: https://bit.ly/3Enj3N5


Fireside Chat: Exporting to China l Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – 9:00am CT

Engage directly with Illinois companies who have grown their exports to China and the region at-large.  Speakers will share best practices and the tools they used to navigate exporting to this growing market. 

To register go to: https://bit.ly/3hEd3G1


Introduction to Exporting l Thursday, November 18, 2021 – 10:00am CT 

Webinar sponsored by the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at the College of Lake County. Presentation by Kevin Kim, International Trade Specialist, who will provide you with a comprehensive overview of export requirements and procedures including knowledge, resources, and key elements to your export success. Learn how to determine if exporting is right for your company, the different export models that are used and when each is appropriate, how to prepare for exporting and execute on your export plan. Topics include export readiness, how to select target markets, market research and prioritization, finding good partners, methods of payment, insurance, managing your international shipments and export compliance.

Registration required: http://tadclc.bdifocus.com/Training/TrainingDetails.aspx?tid=422