About GACC Midwest
The German American Chamber of Commerce® of the Midwest (GACC Midwest), headquartered in Chicago with a branch office in Detroit, was founded in 1963. GACC Midwest is an integral part of the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) with 130 offices in 90 countries around the globe. Our continuing mission is to further, promote, and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States, especially the Midwest. Our organization combines elements of a trade commission, a membership association, and a professional consultancy - quite a unique concept in international trade promotion.
GACC Midwest’s territory covers 14 U.S. states: the 13 states of the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and Colorado, comprising together approximately one quarter of the nation’s geographical area, its population, and its GDP.
GACC Midwest’s headquarters, which we share with Germany Trade and Invest (GTaI) and FrankfurtRhineMain Corp., is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Our Michigan office, located in Detroit, is shared with the Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC).
AHK – Well Connected World-wide
With 130 locations in 90 countries around the world, the members of German Chamber Network (AHKs) offer their experience, connections, and services to German and foreign companies. AHKs are located in all countries of special interest to German companies.
Close Connection to Germany/German Trade Offices
AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. Together, they support German companies in building up and extending their business relations to foreign countries. The umbrella organization of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs. Furthermore, the cooperation with various German trade associations strengthens the AHKs' link to business and markets.
AHKs fulfill three main tasks at their locations. That is:
1. Official Representation of German Companies: AHKs are the key players of German foreign-business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they inform about and promote Germany as a business location.
2. Member Organizations: AHKs are member organizations for companies actively involved in bilateral business relations. These members give them the authority needed when interacting with politics, business, and administration in terms of promoting the bilateral business relations.
3. Service Providers to Companies: Under the brand “DEinternational,” AHKs provide services to companies both from Germany and in their host countries in order to support their foreign business activities.