ChamberBrief 2017: January Edition

Dear Readers,

We hope you had a happy and healthy start into the New Year! We're excited to report plenty of good news for the beginning of 2017 – a year that is bound to see a lot of motion in German-American relations with the inauguration Donald Trump as US President and the election in Germany in the fall. Despite all political changes, our German American Business Outlook confirmed that German companies in the US are optimistic and prepare for growth – a dynamic that we support through our many consulting services and recruitment support. 

2017 Member Survey and Annual Meeting

As we are constantly striving to improve your member experience, we are excited to present our 2017 Member Survey. Please take 5 minutes and help us serve you even better in 2017. Enter your email address at the end of the survey for a chance to win two tickets to the Midwest SME Forum on April 11. Our Annual Members Meeting will take place right after the Forum, where we will also bid farewell to our Chairman W. David Braun. Register here for the SME Forum and Annual Members Meeting. If you are not yet a member, explore the many benefits and sign up today.

Invest in the Midwest

The GACC Midwest Report explores industry trends, provides deep insights into our strong network and allows you to get to know leading companies in the Midwest. Thank you to our members and partners for their contributions and behind-the-scenes-look into their companies and regions. Read the GACC Midwest Report here.

M&A activities of German firms on the rise

The survey German American Business Outlook has revealed that M&A activities are on the agenda of 50% more companies in 2017 than last year. GACC Midwest’s M&A Team has looked into this trend to identify reasons and challenges for M&A transactions of German companies in the US. Read the full article here.

Skills Initiative crosses borders

Our Skills Team is looking forward to a big year: The ICATT program will grow in Illinois and the first cohort of ICATT apprentices will start in Wisconsin. In Michigan, the first cohort of Technical Product Designers and the second cohort of Mechatronics Technicians will graduate from the MAT2 program with their final exams in the summer. If you would like to learn more about our Skills Initiative or participate in the program, please contact our Skills Director Mario for details.

Get a head start to recruiting new talent

Are you in the process of planning your recruitment strategy for 2017? Our new newsletter for members, the Talent Spotlight, introduces you to highly qualified professionals within the German-American business community. Sign up today and meet the candidates you are looking for. If you have an immediate position to fill or if you would like a free consultation, please contact Justin Flaxbart, Senior Manager, Career Services.

As we look ahead to the New Year, we would like to thank you for your continuous support. We are committed to continue our efforts to create a stronger business climate for the region and for our members and look forward to charting a course toward a successful 2017 with you.

Your GACC Midwest Team

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