Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

July 9, 2020: eCommerce and the Chinese Market

China is the world’s largest and most lucrative online market, with over 632 million Internet users. Cross-border eCommerce is experiencing significant growth; estimates suggest that the current $122 billion of cross-border eCommerce transactions could grow to $199 billion by 2022. Join OTI’s panel of experts to learn how to successfully engage with the Chinese market during these times of decreased international business travel.

July 9th, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

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


July 14, 2020: Middle East and North Africa Post Covid-19

Join the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment’s Sherwin Pomerantz and Seth Vogelman as they discuss the current economic and business environments in the Middle East & North Africa. Active in the region at large, Illinois' in-country experts will present an overview and snapshots of business opportunities in Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and UAE markets.

At this market briefing webinar you’ll learn:

  1. How did these markets fare before COVID-19?
  2. Where are they headed now?
  3. What opportunities are there for Illinois exporters to these countries?

July 14th, 2020
10:00 AM

To register got to https://bit.ly/2ASVDU8


July 21, 2020: Export Market Research

Exporters researching target countries and key customers need data to drive their decision-making process. This webinar will guide exporters through key market intelligence elements and review resources available as you plan your export strategy. We will discuss how to identify essential information and how to use data for decision making, as well learn about valuable business databases available to exporters.

July 21, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Chicago CST
To register go to https://ilsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/32839


July 29, 2020: How to Access and Understand Export Finance

Well-planned export payment terms and export finance opportunities are driving forces to grow your international sales. Join this virtual session to learn from seasoned experts how to get paid for the product you ship and the protective measures to take to ensure payment. Increase potential sales with export credit insurance and learn how to obtain an export working capital loan when receiving purchase orders from foreign buyers. Also, learn about various payment methods and when to use them, types of SBA export loans available to you and loan eligibility requirements. Active Q & A is encouraged

July 29th, 2020
10:00 – 11:30
Webinar hosted by The International Trade Center at the College of Lake County

To register go to: www.clcillinois.edu/sbdc-itc/workshops 


August 5, 2020: Export Opportunities for Illinois Companies to Australia and New Zealand in the New Economy

Australia and New Zealand's economies have been impacted by COVID-19 and the pandemic has served as a major wakeup call for government and industry leaders. When 2020 began, Australia was entering its 29th year of uninterrupted economic growth. It will not make it to 30 years. The combined economies have delivered a ~US$220 billion economic stimulus package, the largest ever issued. With economic and social restrictions beginning to lift, eyes are now turning towards 2021 where the IMF World Economic Outlook projects a "V-shaped rebound" of +6.1% rebound market growth in Australia and 5.9% in New Zealand. This presentation will provide an analysis of Australia and New Zealand, identify those industries that are offering strong export opportunities for Illinois exporters, and how to best access those opportunities in the current environment.

At this market briefing you'll learn:

  1. Insights into the market size, business climate, and export opportunities for Illinois companies
  2. Specific sector opportunities within the region
  3. How to do business in Australia and New Zealand to help your company build a practical market entry or expansion strategy into the region


August 5th, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Chicago CST

To register go to https://bit.ly/31ARKOw