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Thursday January 17, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM CST
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Hall of Honors, Governors State University 
One University Pkwy
University Park, IL 60484

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Mary Ma 
Illinois International Trade Center at Governors State University 

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Illinois - State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program Seminar 

The Illinois International Trade Center at GSU and State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment will host the STEP Program Promotion Seminar on January 17, 2013 at Governors State University. This informative seminar will provide STEP program application guideline, eligibility requirements, as well as introduce more resources available to U.S. exports.  

STEP (State Trade and Export Promotion) Program

  • Group Trade Missions
  • Individual Foreign Market Sales Missions
  • Product Compliance
  • Program geared towards new-to-export or new-to-market companies  

Why is the program important?

It provides Illinois companies with financial and technical assistance through the federal Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The STEP program is designed to help states support export promotion for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).

 Who should attend?

The exporting ready, new-to-export and existing exporting businesses  

 This is a complimentary event. Registration is recommended.

Don’t miss the informative event and opportunity for networking and match-marking.


8:30-9:00am Registration and Networking

9:00-9:15am Welcome Remarks

9:15-9:40am Keynote Presentation

                      Sam Ntum, Senior Trade Specialist, Office of Trade and Investment,

                       Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity(DCEO)

 9:40-10:00am Presentation by Jeffery Graber, Senior International Trade Specialist, 

                         U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Service

10:00-10:20am Presentation by John A. Newell, Regional Manager of International Trade Programs,

                          U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

10:20-10:40am Presentation by Mary Ma, Director of Illinois International Trade Center at GSU

10:40-11:00am Q&A and sharing the successful export stories

11:00am            Adjournment



Register Now!

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