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  • December 19, 2014 2:47 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)
    • As you may know, every year the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes outstanding small businesses with our Small Business Week Awards. In 2015, SBA’s Small Business Week will be May 4-8. Awardees at the SBA District Office level the compete for regional and national awards will be announced on May 7, 2015. However, the deadline for nominations is January 5, 2015.

    In 2015, the Illinois District plans to offer four awards to small businesses:

    -        Small Business Person of the Year

    -        SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year. SBA’s 8(a) Business Development and Contracting program helps socially and economically-disadvantaged businesses obtain federal contracts over a nine-year engagement with an SBA team member.

    -        Exporter of the Year

    -        Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year

    Our awardees always express how much value they see in the marketing and promotion of the awards, and this year, the Illinois District Office is determined to build upon our past success in raising awareness about outstanding Illinois small businesses.

    The nomination process requires a small investment of the nominee’s time preparing the application, and the process is detailed in the National Small Business Week 2015 Awards Nominations Guidelines available at the link. A simplified document (Click Here) is also available with a checklist of required documents to help nominees submit complete their application packages as well as a condensed version of the Guidelines tailored to Illinois

    For the categories mentioned above, businesses can self-nominate as well, so SBA encourages you to share this opportunity with anyone you think would be interested. Finally, nominations can be submitted to the SBA Illinois District Office at the address below, or nominees can submit their information at the online awards nomination site,

  • December 02, 2014 12:00 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    Please join ITCC affiliates, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and CITCA, for the 5th Annual CITCA Holiday Reception. Network with trade commissioners, foreign diplomats, business and civic leaders and learn about new growth opportunities in countries and regions around the world. Come celebrate the holiday season with international flair!

    This reception will feature:

    • 40 countries from around the globe
    • International wine tasting
    • International craft beers
    • Delicious appetizers
    • 150 to 200 expected guests

    For information & registration please contact Stacey Efstathiou at or 312-494-6716

    Location: Plante Moran, 10 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606 (Ground Floor)

    Time: 4:30pm to 7:30pm


    • ITCC / CCC members: $30.00
    • Non-members: $50.00

    To register, click HERE

  • November 19, 2014 10:32 AM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    Please join the Annual Gala hosted by World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International in tribute to Chicago’s Consular Corps.

    Keynote by the Hon. Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

    Glenn Tilton, Retired Chairman of the Board, United Continental Holdings, Inc. will receive the Global Citizen Award.

    The inaugural Corporate Ambassador Award will be presented to Exelon,represented by Chris Crane, Exelon President & CEO, and ComEd, represented by Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd President & CEO.

    The Global Innovator Award will be presented to Signal.

    Date: Monday, December 1, 2014.

    Reception: 6:00 p.m.; Dinner 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago.

    Individual tickets: $500; sponsorships available at various levels.

    Proceeds will fund Chicago Consular Corps scholarships to the University of Illinois at Chicago and the work of World Business Chicago and Sister Cities International.

    For information & registration please see:

    or contact Tom Bartkoski (ITCC Board member) at 

  • October 24, 2014 10:30 AM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)


    Read the Digital Edition of Export USA

    Export USA, the export promotion magazine of the USA, is available as an interactive PDF edition. The new edition is available to view at onlineExport USA offers exporters an affordable way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. International buyers can find innovative new products available for immediate export. Export USA reaches more than a quarter-million buyers worldwide.


    Trade Leads from 178 Countries Worldwide

    Export USA offers exporters an inexpensive way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. Rates start at just 499 dollars for the USA Product Showcase section. Participate in the next issue and receive a featured listing on the ThinkGlobal B2B trade leads website. Reserve your space in the next issue today.

    Upcoming Deadline

    Nov. 14th
    Deadline for Jan-Feb 2015 Issue of Export USA
    For more information:
    1-800-581-8533 x 822
    Export USA
    info [ @ ]

  • October 02, 2014 5:14 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    The Governor's Export Awards are the State's highest recognition of export achievement. These awards recognize Illinois companies that have achieved excellence in exporting and organizations that have provided substantial export assistance to Illinois companies.


    • New Exporter: Award to Illinois companies that hove begun exporting products or services within the lost three years.
    • Exporter of the Year: Award to Illinois companies that hove grown exports and mode exporting a cornerstone of their business
    • Agricultural Business Exporter: Award for outstanding export achievement in the field of agricultural products, services and technology.
    • Service Exporter: Award to Illinois companies that are successfully exporting services.
    • Export Awareness and Development: Award to Illinois-based not-for-profit organizations involved in promoting Illinois exports and raising general exporting awareness.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 13, 2014 4:00p.m.

    For more information, please visit:

    Application and supporting documentation should be sent via email to: 



  • September 17, 2014 8:35 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    U.S.A.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Becamex-Vietnam Cordially invite manufacturers to "Doing Business in Vietnam: An Executive Luncheon and Seminar"

    For a Delegation from Becamex Vietnam Led By The Honorable Tran Van Lieu, President of the Vietnam Industrial Zone Authority.

    Sponsored by: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    Date: Monday, September 22, 2014

    Venue: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

      525 W. Monroe Street, 19th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661


    11:30 a.m. Registration

    12:00 p.m. Lunch and Remarks

    1:30 p.m.  Adjournment

    RSVP by Friday, September 19, 2014 by emailing to

  • September 05, 2014 2:31 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    The South African Consul General, Ms. Vuyiswa Tuledo, and the MEC of Economic Development, Tourism And Environmental Affairs, Mr. Michael Mbuyakhulu invite you to an Investment Opportunity Breakfast focused on the Province of KwaZulu, South Africa.

    • When: September 23, 2014
    • Time: 7:30am – 9:30am
    • Rsvp by: September 16, 2014 to:
    • Where: McCormick Place, West Building, Room W471B, 2301 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL 60616
  • September 03, 2014 4:22 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    RYME ( is an international business matchmaking program funded by the European Union to support the international development of SMEs. By building bilateral customer-supplier partnerships import/export, the program’s goal is to foster a dynamic ecosystem of innovative companies leading to growth through international business development and competitiveness.


    • Target countries :  Brazil, France, Portugal, Spain and USA (Chicago region)
    • Activity sectors primarily targeted: Industrial, ICT / Electronics, Biotech / Health/ GreenTech / Sustainable Development,
    • Identification of target companies through local partners involved in the program,
    • Promotion of meetings between entrepreneurs to create mutual export opportunities.

    Program objectives:

    • Open access to export markets to innovative companies from the greater Chicago region and neighboring states,
    • Provide free assistance in International business development to identify and attract the best E.U. partner(s),
    • Improve the competitiveness of all SMEs selected for this program,
    • Improve trade relations between the countries of France, Spain, Portugal, USA and Brazil.

    Benefits for US companies:

    • Free expert assistance in international business development and technology-based alliances,
    • Be one of the 3 finalists to be invited to meet their partners in Madrid, Spain.

    For more information, please contact:

    Don't wait! RYME ends September 30th.

  • July 10, 2014 4:52 PM | Fabrice Bonvoisin (Administrator)

    I can't wait to see this website launched by the time of the first summer social event of 2014. See you there!

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