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Tuesday December 7, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST

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Industial Council of Nearwest Chicago 
320 N Damen Ave, Ste 100
Chicago, IL 60612

FREE parking available across from the ICNC offices, at Carroll and Damen

(Parking lot on east side of Damen)

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Introduction to exporting 

Tuesday, December 7

Registration: 8:30 to 9:00 am

Program: 9 am to 12 noon 

Illinois International Trade Center at ICNC

320 N Damen, Suite 100

Selling your company's products or services abroad can be a great way to become more profitable, even out sales variability, extend product lifecycles, and stay ahead of the competition. The Illinois International Trade Center at ICNC has pulled together some of the best resources to help you research, select, andcargo ship enter foreign markets.
This seminar will teach you what questions to ask when you're selecting countries to target and how to evaluate potential partners for distribution or joint ventures. You'll also learn about financing, insuring, and collecting on foreign sales. Bring your questions for the experts, and let ICNC help you get started selling around the world. The seminar is free.

Featured speakers

Cindy Biggs: International Trade Specialist/Commercial Service Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center: Cindy BiggsCindy Biggs is a Foreign Commercial Service Officer with the US Dept. of Commerce serving her final year in a domestic assignment in the USDOC’s Export Assistance Center in Chicago. Cindy spent 26 years in Brazil, Mexico, Romania and Venezuela and worked for Kellogg’s Cereals and ABC News before joining the Commercial Service.


Jeff Dziura: Vice President, International Sales, NewMedical Technology, Inc: Jeff DziuraJeff Dziura is an international business development executive who has taken two Illinois medical product manufacturing companies global by developing international distribution channels for their product lines. He is serving his third appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the District Export Council and is a two-time winner of the Governor’s Excellence in Export Award.


John A. Nevell: Regional Manager, International Trade Programs, U.S. Small Business Administration U.S. Export Assistance Center: John NevellJohn administers the SBA's Export Working Capital Program, Export Express loan, and the International Trade Loan for Midwest businesses. His prior experience includes twenty years in international banking, where he handled trade finance in Europe, Asia, and South America. 


Michael Howard: Export-Import Bank of the United States -- Midwest Regional Director for Business Development Division: M HowardMichael's job is to promote the export of U.S. goods and services through a variety of programs, including export credit insurance, loan guarantees, and working capital programs. The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. is a full faith and credit U.S. government agency that can not only help you finance your exporting, but also help your international clients with loans to pay for purchases from you.