Tuesday December 10, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM CST
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Sherman Hall, 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 (ISTEP) Program Seminar 

The Illinois International Trade Center at GSU and State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment will host the ISTEP Program Promotion Seminar on December 10th, 2013 at Governors State University. This informative seminar will provide ISTEP program application guideline, eligibility requirements, as well as introduce more resources available to U.S. exports.  

ISTEP (Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion) Program

  1. Group Trade Missions
  2. Individual Foreign Market Sales Missions
  3. Product Compliance

Why is the program important?

It provides Illinois companies with financial and technical assistance through the federal and state funding. The ISTEP program is designed to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) begin to export and create new markets for their products and services. 

 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.


December 10th, 2013

1:00-1:30pm Registration

1:30-1:45pm Welcome Remarks

1:45-2:30pm Keynote Presentation

Daniel Goff, Deputy Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

2:30-3:45pm Panel Presentations

1.   Michelle Bonina, Marketing Executive, Reed Exhibitions International Sales Group

2.   Monica Toporkiewicz, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Service-Chicago

3.   Michael Howard, Managing Director, Central Region, The Export-Import Bank of the United States

4.   John A. Nevell, Regional Manager, International Trade Programs, U.S. Small Business Administration   

3:45-4:00pm Q&A and Sharing Export Success Stories

4:00-4:30pm Networking and Happy Hour


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