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Upcoming Events

May 3, 2018: Overview of Exporting + SBA Export Loans and Resources

Whether you are an experienced exporter, new to exporting, or looking to expand your international business, you will want to attend this workshop to learn about the services and resources of the SBDC International Trade Center and U.S. Small Business Administration. This session will be presented by Kathie Cravens, International Trade Specialist of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC and Dennis Foldenauer, Regional Export Finance Manager (Illinois and Wisconsin) of the U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of International Trade. Learn how the International Trade Center + all resources available through federal and state grants can help your business grow internationally.

May 3rd, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100
Champaign, IL 61820

No cost to participants. Registration is required. To register email Carly McCrory at carly@champaigncountyedc.org.

 

Various Dates: International Trade Webinar Series
               
During World Trade Month (May), federal agencies are bringing you a FREE four-part webinar series on how to compete and win in the global marketplace. You'll get valuable insights from our trade professionals.

The federal agencies presenting this series are the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Export-Import Bank, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (International Trade Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, and Bureau of Industry and Security). 

  • Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. EDT - Go Global: GET STARTED
    • How do I know I am ready to export? Who can help me, and where do I start?  How do I target markets and find foreign buyers?

  • Wednesday, May 16 at 2 p.m. EDT - Go Global: GET PAID
    • How do I get the money I need to grow and manage cash flow? How do I make sure I get paid and not just ripped off? How do I know if I can trust a foreign business partner?

  • Wednesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. EDT - Go Global: PREPARE TO SHIP
    • How do I follow all the rules? What does it look like to sell abroad? How do I ensure a nice profit? 

  • Wednesday, May 30 at 2 p.m. EDT - Go Global: MANAGE CHALLENGES
    • How do I keep my product from being copied or pirated? How do I protect my brand? What if my product is held up at customs or blocked?

No registration is required. Click here (the Census Bureau’s Outreach site) to get the details.

 

May 10, 2018: FBI Advice: How to Travel Safe and Secure

Economic espionage is a serious threat to corporations and the business traveler. Perpetrators of crimes are competitors, opportunists or foreign intelligence officers. In many countries, domestic corporations collect competitive intelligence with the help and support of their government. To mitigate this risk, critical information and technologies should be protected. The U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation will provide valuable information to promote good security habits that will help protect you and your companies. We will discuss updates and resources as well as IP protection at trade shows, cybersecurity for the business traveler and best practices for collaborating with foreign partners. 

This workshop will help you learn: 

  • Specific threats from foreign adversaries 
  • Best practices to secure proprietary information 
  • How to raise your own awareness during international travel 

May 10th, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
ICNC
320 N. Damen (first floor)
Chicago, IL 60612

No cost to participants. Breakfast will be provided. Register here.

 

 May 15, 2018: Understanding Harmonized Codes for Strategic Global Marketing

Training on harmonized codes is normally in the context of using the codes for trade documentation. Examples include the Schedule B number for the Electronic Export Information filing when exporting or the HTSUS when importing. However, there are significant uses of harmonized codes to support strategic international marketing decisions including foreign market selection, understanding competitor activities, and tariff engineering to reduced import duties. This webinar will train you on the basics of harmonized codes, understanding how to find the codes, and strategic decisions that can be made through the use of these codes.

May 15th, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Webinar Hosted by the International Trade Center at Bradley University

No cost to participants. Registration is required. To register click here.

 

May 22, 2018: Export 101 and New Technologies You Should Know 

Do you know 96% of consumers live outside of United States? You are missing a lot of sales opportunities if you are not exporting. Are you thinking about starting exporting, but don’t know where to start? Come join this two hour program, which will give you the basic understanding of how exporting works.

May 22nd, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Center for Entrepreneurship
2525 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532-3609

Registration is required. To register or learn more, click here.

 

May 23, 2018: Details of Exporting: International Commercial Terms and Export Product Classification

For exporters, a working knowledge of International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) is essential in avoiding pitfalls of conducting international business. In 1936, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) created a set of transportation terms to prevent misunderstandings between sellers and buyers to provide international rules for foreign trade.

This workshop will help you learn:

  • What are International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) and export product classification (Schedule B)
  • Auditing information to stay on track
  • Communicating effectively in consideration of cultural differences

May 23rd, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ICNC
320 N. Damen (first floor)
Chicago, IL 60612

No cost to participants. Breakfast will be provided. Register here.

 

May 23, 2018: Expanding Exports through the Illinois State Trade Expansion Program (ISTEP)

Join us for this webinar on how to apply for the Illinois State Trade Expansion Program (ISTEP), which provides funding for export development for small businesses.  We will also cover requirements, the five options for funding, and how to maximize the benefits of this program.

Often described as the "best-kept secret" in international trade assistance, the ISTEP program provides financial support every year to scores of local companies for export development.  It funds 50% or 75% reimbursements to companies for approved expenses up to $7,500 for such things as:

  • booth costs, airfare and accommodations for participating in foreign trade shows;
  • participation in a U.S. trade show with an international match-making component;
  • product certification services to comply with foreign regulations; and
  • website localization for foreign markets, including translation and search engine optimization

The Illinois Office of Trade and Investment will answer questions and provide updates on the program, as we cover requirements, the five options for funding, and how to maximize ISTEP benefits.

May 23rd, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Webinar Hosted by the International Trade Center at Bradley University

No cost to participants. Registration is required. To register click here.

 

May 29, 2018: Export Strategic Planning 

Have a product or service you want to bring to the global market? To run a successful exporting business, you need a solid export plan- market research, pricing, finding a buyer, payment and the list goes on. The question is, where should you start? Come join this session, which we will talk about building an export plan from scratch and to get you prepared for the future. This workshop aims at getting you started on your own export plan- we show you the mainframe and you fill up the rest. It’s time to put your thoughts into words!

May 29th, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Center for Entrepreneurship
2525 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532-3609

Registration is required. To register or learn more, click here.

 

June 7, 2018: Export Process and HTS/Schedule B Classification

This free workshop is for exporters and those new to exporting. Join us for an overview of the export process including export documentation and compliance, the classification process, and external service providers required and what each has to offer. Understand the differences
between Schedule B and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and which one your company should use. We will break down and explain the HTS 10-digit number and shipper’s export declaration or E.E.I. The ITN number confirmation and the reporting requirements to the U.S.
Bureau of Census via the Automated Export System will also be covered as well as the pro forma invoice.

June 7th, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake, IL 60030

To learn more or to register, click here. Space is limited so registration is required.