SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, April 11, 2017


We are happy to announce the date for our second German Mittelstand Midwest SME Forum:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

With almost 1,400 German businesses operating in the Midwest, the region represents an attractive business location, particular for transatlantic trade.

Our Midwest SME Forum aims to provide a platform that connects business partners, provides insights on economic as well as industry trends, and enables further exchange of ideas and opinions between peers.

The day will be filled with keynotes, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and plentiful networking opportunities. 

We encourage you to participate – attend, speak, sponsor!  Block your calendar to participate in  this special event.

Topics and workshops will be announced shortly.

Not a member yet? 

We have a special opportunity for you – join us as a new member prior to April 11, and we will waive the event registration fee.


Following our Midwest SME Forum, please join us for our Annual Members Meeting (more details under tab AMM

Midwest SME Forum 

$ 110 for Members
$ 145 for Non-members


Annual Members Meeting Only

(Free admission)

Must be member in good standing, no admission fee if attending AGM only!





8:30am – 9:30am:

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:30am – 10:30am:

Welcome & Keynote

10:45am – 11:15am:

Networking Coffee Break

11:15am – 12:30pm:

Breakout Session (choose 1 of 2)

Session 1: 
Strategic Partnerships: SMEs between Tradition and Innovation

Session 2: 
Employee Development: Effective Ways to Recruit and Retain (Young) Talent

12:30pm – 1:45pm:      


1:45pm – 3pm: 

Breakout Session (choose 1 of 2)

Session 1: 
Sales: International Marketing Strategies for SMEs 

Session 2: 
Expansion: Successful Growth through Mergers and Acquisitions

3pm – 3:30pm:

Wrap up & Networking     

| speakers will be announced soon |


This year's Midwest SME Forum will be held at:

Harper College

Wojcik Conference Center


1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067

Please use the Roselle road entrance and park in lot 14. 

If Lot 14 is full, there is additional parking in Lot 10, 11, and 12. 



Free parking is available

 The Annual Meeting of Members is immediately following the Midwest SME Forum. Members in good standing will be able to elect the 2017 GACC Midwest Board of Directors. 

The Annual Meeting of Members is for members 
in good standing only!





Kirsten Schmandt
Events & Membership Coordinator
Tel.: +1 (312) 494-2176

2016 Attendee Overview

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please take the time to review the various sponsorship levels and benefits and secure your place at the Midwest SME Forum 2017.