2018 IEDA Annual Conference

June 14, 2018

2018 IEDA Annual Conference

The conference is a two-day long event in which economic development leaders enhance their skills, increase their knowledge, and advance their economic development career through networking and various sessions. Read a more in-depth description and see a raw schedule here.

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49th WTCA General Assembly

April 22, 2018

49th WTCA General Assembly

WE PROUDLY INVITE YOU TO THE 49TH ANNUAL WORLD TRADE CENTERS ASSOCIATION (WTCA) GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA), AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MATCHMAKING EVENT AND CONVENTION IN LEEUWARDEN, THE NETHERLANDS, APRIL 2018! We proudly invite you to the 49th Annual World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) General Assembly (GA), an international business-to-business matchmaking event and convention in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, April 2018! The event will run for five days focused on uncovering insight and knowledge, as well as new opportunities, in a number of sectors where important challenges exist over the world. Read more about…

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EXPOCOMER 2018

February 28, 2018

EXPOCOMER 2018

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama is pleased to inform about the thirty-sixth version of EXPOCOMER, the most important commercial exhibition of Panama and the region. EXPOCOMER 2018 will be held from February 28 to March 03, 2018 at the ATLAPA Convention Center in the City of Panama. EXPOCOMER is one of the few shows that is been able to keep its scheme of multi-sector fair, gathering together exhibitors from +30 countries in categories such as Textiles, Construction, Technology, Accessories, Food, Beverage and Services. This variety of categories makes it possible for the range of exhibited products and services to reach the expectations of our visitors and international buyers. The international exhibition is the ideal starting point for businessmen exploring new business opportunities and to introduce new products and services to major markets in the region, to rely on the effectiveness of this showcase to promote their products. Read more about the EXPOCOMER here.

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7TH GLOBAL ECONOMIC SUMMIT: GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS

February 22, 2018

7TH GLOBAL ECONOMIC SUMMIT: GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS

The Global Economic Summit (GES) is the flagship annual event of MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai and All India Association of Industries. This years theme is ‘Global Value Chains: Accelerating MSME Growth Development and Sustainability.’ The Summit will highlight on the opportunities and challenges for MSMEs to enhance their participation in GVCs. It will also discuss the relevance of GVCs for overall economic growth and sustainable development. The Summit will examine the effects of the entire process of producing goods from raw materials to finished products, which is increasingly carried out wherever the necessary skills and raw materials are available at competitive cost and quality. This will provide opportunities for MSMEs to extend beyond local boundaries by addressing the trends in the markets in developing, emerging and developed economies, for their integration into the value chains. What is more required is skill development of the people to take up high value-added jobs, improving logistics infrastructure for smooth movement of goods within the economy and outside, promoting investor-friendly policies, rationalization of labour laws, as well as harmonization of standards for better integration in the GVCs. Read more about…

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Real Estate Forecast 2018

November 9, 2017

Real Estate Forecast 2018

ULI Chicago hosted its annual real estate trends and forecast meeting, which featured insights from leading experts both nationally and locally. This popular event featured a presentation on the 39th annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2018 report, published by PwC and ULI, as well as a local panel of industry experts who analyzed the outlook for Chicago area real estate. Topics included key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2018, outlook on the future for real estate investment and development, and outlook for…

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“Creating A Winning City” 2017 Annual Luncheon

September 20, 2017

“Creating A Winning City” 2017 Annual Luncheon

The Annual Luncheon hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council is their signature event. The year’s feature keynote speaker is Tom Ricketts the Executive Chairman for the Chicago Cubs. The event itself raises money for MPC’s initiatives that are regionally and economically important. Read more about the event here.

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Retail and Mixed-Use Summit

September 7, 2017

Retail and Mixed-Use Summit

Event co-hosted by the Illinois Real Estate Journal and the Midwest CRE Conference Series about retail and mixed-use real estate.

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Indonesia Rising: Trade and Investment Opportunities

August 10, 2017

Indonesia Rising: Trade and Investment Opportunities

The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago (ITAGC) hosted a luncheon program about trade with Indonesia. The event was geared towards the two-way goods trade between the U.S. and Indonesia, which in 2016, totaled $25 billion with $6 billion in U.S. exports and $19.2 billion imports to and from Indonesia. ITAGC gave presentations showcasing the trade and investment opportunities and successful case studies of U.S. companies doing business in Indonesia. Read more about the event here.

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Global Connections Forum Meeting

July 27, 2017

Global Connections Forum Meeting

Hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce to discuss strategy and programming for FY 17-18 and review the past years events. Read more about it here.    

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2017 WTCA Member Seminar

July 15, 2017

2017 WTCA Member Seminar

The annual WTCA Member Seminar in New York City from October 15 – 17. This year it is aimed at helping WTCs around the world learn and examine their best practices, explore common challenges and new approaches, and foster strong and more meaningful business connections amongst the Members. Each year, the WTCA hosts experts from outside the network to discuss general issues that all businesses face. This year, the key speakers are Matt Phillips and Julie Boczkowski, leaders at the prestigious Phillips & Co.

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Doing Business in Portugal

June 26, 2017

Doing Business in Portugal

Hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce to explore trade and investment opportunities in Portugal. The keynote speaker is the Ambassador of Portugal to the U.S., His Excellency Domingos Fezas Vital. Hear about how Portugal’s economy has been steadily expanding since 2010 with Portugal’s exports to the US doubling in the last five years. Learn more about the event here.

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Techweek Chicago 2017

June 20, 2017

Techweek Chicago 2017

Techweek is an annual event created as a means to connect Chicago’s technology startup scene. The event also offers opportunities for entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and other technology professionals to network and exchange ideas. Spanning four days, the participants will learn about leadership, acquisitions, and how to integrate technology into a variety of industries and succeed. Read more about this years speakers and schedule here.

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The Exchange 2017; More than a Game: The Business of Sports

April 25, 2017

The Exchange 2017; More than a Game: The Business of Sports

The Exchange is one of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s signature events and took place this year at Soldier Field. This year the topic was the Business of Sports. In Chicago, professional sports teams are one of the highest profile businesses. However, there is much more to sports than meets the eye. The producing and marketing that are required for them to be successful are skills that any and every Chicago-area business should have. Learn more about the event and its speakers here.

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Top International Business Trends for 2017

February 16, 2017

Top International Business Trends for 2017

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Top International Trends event. Sponsored by Telemundo Chicago to explore Chicago’s place in the global economy and how international business will unfold under the new administration. Read more about the event here.

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Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse

January 31, 2017

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse

Hosted by the Council of Development Finance Agencies to further understand the variety of development tools available. Topics ranged from understanding development finance and the financing spectrum, to implementation and challenges and policy considerations. Read more about it here.

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New Year, New Administration: What’s Ahead for Real Estate and the Economy

January 17, 2017

New Year, New Administration: What’s Ahead for Real Estate and the Economy

Webinar hosted by the Urban Land Institute of Chicago that addressed the latest economic and market insights. These fell under three main categories; where are we starting at for 2017, what changes can we expect due to the new administration’s proposals, and where do industry experts agree and/or disagree. The moderator was Sheridan Schechner and the panelists that presented were Ken Rosen and Roy March. Read more about it here.

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Emerging Trends in Real Estate Meeting

November 11, 2016

Emerging Trends in Real Estate Meeting

The Urban Land Institute Chicago (ULI) hosted a breakfast meeting to discuss the 2017 real estate forecast for the U.S. and Canada. Their guest speaker was Dean Schwanke, Senior Vice President of Case Studies and Publications at ULI. The keynote was followed by a panel including a representative from Deutsche Asset Management, Sterling Bay, and Pearlmark Real Estate. Attached is ULI’s recently released Emerging Trends in Real Estate report.

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2016 Brazil Trade Promotion and Investment Forum

November 9, 2016

2016 Brazil Trade Promotion and Investment Forum

Hosted by the Brazilian Consulate to learn about what makes Brazil one of the most attractive countries for foreign investors. Participants heard from some of the top business and government experts on today’s themes and trade opportunities in Brazil. The Keynote Speech was made by Fernando Spohr, operations manager of Apex-Brasil. The Keynote was then followed by a panel discussion made up of leaders from Archer Daniels Midland, Baker and Mckenzie, TechBridge Port, and LifeSpice Ingredients.

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2016 WTCA Member Seminar

October 16, 2016

2016 WTCA Member Seminar

The annual WTCA Member Seminar is a signature event hosted by the World Trade Centers Association. It is a time for members to learn and network with other World Trade Centers around the world. Read more about the event here.  

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Global Connections Forum- Brexit and Chicago

October 13, 2016

Global Connections Forum- Brexit and Chicago

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce will host this event to present on how Brexit will impact the Chicagoland region and its international relations. Read more about the event here.

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2016 Latin America Business Forum

October 6, 2016

2016 Latin America Business Forum

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is hosting this event about trade relations with Latin America. Latin America is one of the United States’ most important economic partners. This forum will focus on the role of Latin America from three different perspectives. The political and macroeconomic situation in Latin America The current and future financial landscape in the region New venture opportunities and emerging areas for businesses in Latin America Read more about the event on the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s webpage or by clicking here.

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Global Connections Forum- International Trade Agreements

July 28, 2016

Global Connections Forum- International Trade Agreements

Held by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the forum discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Both are considered some of the most notable global trade agreements that the United States is currently involved with. Read more about the roundtable here.

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2016 Mexico Business Forum

June 22, 2016

2016 Mexico Business Forum

Hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the forum discussed Mexico and Illinois’ vital trade and investment relationship. Mexico is currently Illinois’ second largest trading partner, after Canada. Knowing about Mexico’s economy and international markets is important in order to further connect to other global markets. Read more about the Forum here.

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Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s 112th Annual Meeting of Membership

June 7, 2016

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s 112th Annual Meeting of Membership

The annual meeting hosted 750 of the most influential leaders in the Chicagoland business community with keynote speaker Margo Georgiadis, the President of Americas at Google. Read more about her keynote speech here or about the event in general here.

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Global Connections Forum

May 24, 2016

Global Connections Forum

At the quarterly Global Connections Forum held by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, members discussed forum programming and events for the rest of 2016. The Global Connections Forum’s mission is to “provide Chamber members with access to global markets and resources that will support the growth and profitability of their businesses, as well as the Chicagoland region.” Read more about the quarterly forum here.

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2015 WTCA Member Seminar

October 18, 2015

2015 WTCA Member Seminar

At the annual WTCA Member Seminar, WTC Chicago had the opportunity to participate in the “New WTCA Members” only special orientation. During this seminar WTC Chicago engaged in various sessions including “WTC Innovations Exchange”, “Ideas for Monetization”, and a “Speed Networking”. Read more about the event here.

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New Executive Director: Sarah Emmerton

June 19, 2015

New Executive Director: Sarah Emmerton

As one of the newest additions to the World Trade Centers Association, World Trade Center Chicago, has appointed Sarah Emmerton as its Interim Executive Director. Read more about Sarah’s experience and role here.

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Inception of World Trade Center Chicago

May 14, 2014

Inception of World Trade Center Chicago

Inception and beginning of operation of World Trade Center Chicago. Read more about our beginnings here.

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