Upcoming Events

Various Dates:  Cyber Security Training Certificate

Work with banks or credit card processors to employ best practices to ensure the most trusted anti-fraud services are being used. You will walk away with the tools needed to protect both yourself and customer’s personal information to keep from becoming a victim. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University will help small businesses learn how to establish basic security practices and policies and earn a Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy.

The cybersecurity series is 7 seminars ($50 each) and 2 webinars ($25 each) or $225 for the wholes series.

Tue, October 24, 2017
Tue, November 14, 2017
Thu, December 14, 2017

A White Hat Hacker's View
Protecting Your Employees & Assets
You had a Breach - What do you do Next?

To learn more and to register by April 14th call the Illinois Small Business Development Center at


October 25, 2017: Alibaba Cloud Team: International Trade Trends and Technology

This is a great opportunity to connect with business and technology leaders from across the region and learn about Alibaba Cloud’s services in the USA, and how Alibaba’s ecosystem can help accelerate your business’ growth in China and globally. With an existing middle class larger than the United States and a total population of 1.4 billion people, China represents a market that American companies cannot ignore. China has also developed into a leader in technology adaptation and implementation. More than 460 million online shoppers racked up $750 billion in sales last year making China the World’s largest e-commerce market, expected to be­come a 1.7 trillion dollars business by 2020. This represents a tremendous opening for Midwest compa­nies especially in the areas of food, healthcare, consumer products, education, technology, professional services, finance, and more. As costs and competition rise, missing out on China’s opportunity is missing out on the opportunity to be a global business.

October 25th, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (CDT)
Illinois Chamber Chicago Office
300 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60606

To register for this event click here.

To learn more about this event, email Laura Ortega at:


November 14, 2017: Export Compliance 201

This program will help your company be in full compliance with a whole host of U.S. export/import regulations. Review how you can eliminate dangers & liability of undervaluing products on the commercial invoice and EEI at foreign customer’s request. Learn the correct way to handle valuations on drop shipments, samples, warranties, repairs and replacements for Customs purposes. Finally, review the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as well as the Successor Liability and how these affect you.

November 14th, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
NIU Eigerlab (Room #200)
8500 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

To register for this event, or learn more, click here.


November 15, 2017: NAFTA and Free Trade Agreements (Panama, South Korea, Colombia)

This program will help you be in full compliance with all NAFTA regulations. You will know where to go and what to look for to be able to determine if your products qualify for the benefits of NAFTA. Most companies are unnecessarily exposing themselves to NAFTA penalties. In some cases, your goods have low or zero duty already. Therefore, there would be no need to expose your company to potential NAFTA violations or to fill out a NAFTA certificate if your goods do not qualify. You will have an overview of 3 new FTA’s (Panama, South Korea, Colombia)

November 15th, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
iHotel & Conference Center (Quad Room)
1900 S. First St.
Champaign, IL 61820

To register for this event, or learn more, click here.


November 16, 2017: Export Compliance

Upon completion of this program, you will be aware of the new export security requirements for all exporters, have an 11 point checklist to guide you to full compliance on every export, and will become aware of the required 7 lists that must be checked on all exports, and understand what common red flags means to you. You'll review the 5 questions that you are required to know about your customer in every export transaction and discuss strategies on how to implement these into your organization.
You will walk away with a better understanding of the regulations and with specific tools & instructions on how to begin building a secure and compliant department and company.

November 16th, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
320 N. Damen Ave, (1st Floor)
Chicago, IL 60612

To register for this event, or learn more, click here.