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Upcoming Events

August 15, 2019: Navigate Export Finance

Business owners interested in exporting are frequently concerned about the financial risks and complications of it. This workshop simplifies the process of international finance and shows you many programs and resources available to mitigate those risks.

This workshop will help you to learn:

  1. International payment methods - What's best and when?  Ms. Ursula Wegrzynowicz, President, EMELEV LLC, International sales strategies.
  2. Export payments, credit or not - how to's.  Mr. Jan Blaho, Deputy Managing Director Central Region,Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
  3. SBA export financing - What's a banker looking at? Mr. Alan Lane-Murcia, Vice President, SBA Program Manager, First American Bank.

August 15th, 2019
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
ITC at St. Joseph Business School
Forest Park Plaza
7600 W. Roosevelt
Forest Park, IL 60130

Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, click http://member.jbs.edu/events/details/navigate-export-finance-636.

September 9, 2019: eCommerce Payment Essentials

E-commerce remains a new and exciting way to conduct business. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to successfully and efficiently accept payments both domestically and abroad, as well as avoid common pitfalls when trying to accept payments internationally.

Program Layout:

  • 8:30-9:00: Breakfast and networking
  • 9:00-11:30: Presentation and Q&A

We will provide breakfast. Free parking on the street.

This workshop will help you learn:

  1. The payments ecosystem – how it works, who all is involved, and how to navigate it to your advantage
  2. Risk factors involved in international payments and how to minimize your exposure
  3. How to interact with your processor so that your account stays in good standing and funds are distributed quickly and painlessly

Who Should Attend:
Any businesses interested in international eCommerce, new and current exporters.

September 9th, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
320 N. Damen
Chicago, IL 60612

Breakfast will be served. Free parking is available on the street. There is no cost, but registration is required. Click this to register.


September 12, 2019: B/HTS and EAR Classification

Tariff classification and valuation of imported or exported goods must be done correctly in order to achieve successful international trade transactions and avoid severe penalties or additional duties. During this workshop you will learn how to determine if goods are subject to quotas and how to apply for and use U.S. Customs classification rulings. You will understand the differences between HTSUS and Schedule B, the structure of the HTSUS, and tariff classification of products for imports and exports. The workshop also reviews the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) and gives you the tools you need to classify your imported and exported goods properly.

September 12th, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
College of Lake County
19351 Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
Room: E121

There is a $25 registration fee. To register go to www.clcillinois.edu/sbdc-itc/workshops

October 17, 2019: How to Write an Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP)

Attend this all-day seminar to learn how to write a successful Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) and minimize the risk of an export violation. An EMCP is an all-encompassing customized, written system that guides your company to be in full compliance on every export. This seminar is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR. Registration is required and includes reference materials, breakfast and lunch.

October 17th, 2019
8:300 AM – 4:30 PM
College of Lake County
19351 Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
Room: E121

There is a $150 early bird registration fee until October 3rd. After that the fee is $195. To register go to www.clcillinois.edu/sbdc-itc/workshops

November 14, 2019: Export Payments, Financing, and Foreign Exchange

Learn the fundamentals of trade finance so you can turn your export opportunities into actual sales and receive payment on time for them. We will discuss the risks in international trade, Incoterms, and in detail, payment terms and methods such as Commercial Letter of Credit. You will gain knowledge in export financing, the basic concepts of foreign exchange and billing customers in U.S. dollars versus local currency. You will also learn how to design a foreign invoice in the buyer’s currency.

November 14th, 2019
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
College of Lake County
19351 Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
Room: E121

There is a $25 registration fee. To register go to www.clcillinois.edu/sbdc-itc/workshops