ChamberBrief 2018: April Edition

Dear Members and Friends,

We finally got spring temperatures in Chicagoland and the spring highlight for the German-American Business community is right around the corner. The 2018 SME Forum is a premier event designed to support German SMEs in the dynamically growing Midwest. Join us on May 24 for a day filled with networking and panels on relevant topics such as the future of the automotive industry, IIOT solutions for SMEs, cyber security, international online brand communication, global workforce mobility, and visa regulations. 

The DIHK's findings from its survey on foreign investment of the manufacturing industry mirror the positive results of our 2018 German American Business Outlook. More than a third of German industrial companies plan to increase their foreign investments in the US. We support companies in their expansion efforts in the US through our services and events in the US as well as in Germany, such as the German-American Business Forum in June.

And last but not least: our printed GACC Midwest Reports were sent to all our members and everyone should have received a copy. We hope that you will enjoy the read. 

Have a great week!

Your GACC Midwest Team 

Did you know that the Hannover Messe is one of the most important industrial fairs worldwide? As a special offer for our members, we are offering complimentary tickets to the Hannover fair! Contact us now to get your free ticket and make an appointment with our expert Gerrit Ahlers, who will answer your questions about market entry in the US. Or stop by in Hall 27, Booth B30/3 to meet our colleagues from the DIHK and AHKs in over 40 countries.


The ICATT Apprenticeship Program gained even more visibility through a simple Facebook post: North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL) was looking for 5 high school graduates to participate in the ICATT Apprenticeship Program. Find out how one Facebook post brought NAL a feature on the local news and many applications. 

Our 2018 SME Forum will not just teach you how to turn current business challenges into opportunities, but also offer the opportunity to network with more than 100 interesting executives from various industries. Showcase your expertise in one of the following topics:

  • Global Workforce Mobility & Visa Regulations
  • Cyber Security & IIOT solutions for SME's
  • Future Trends of Automotive
  • Successful international Online Brand Communication. 

Contact us now to become a panelist and share your knowledge with our attendees.

GACC Midwest hosts from June 4-8, 2018 a German Trade Mission on the topic "Smart Cities and Transportation Systems" in Denver, CO and Chicago, IL. Register now and learn more about new technologies, latest developments, innovative products, and explore partnership opportunities with German experts during our conference. 

The 5th German-American Business Forum is the top event for German companies looking to start or expand in the US. The forum provides opportunities to learn about doing business in the US, and to connect with international business contacts. Numerous workshops on Sale Strategies in the US, Industry 4.0 and more also await the attendees. Register here for June 21, 2018 and exchange ideas with executives of German companies in the US. 

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