ChamberBrief 2017: July Edition

Dear Members and Friends,

GACC Midwest just wrapped up hosting the annual AHK Regionalkonferenz. This 3-day event brings together the leaders of all the German Chambers across the Americas as well as high-ranking members of our German partner organizations. We discussed many strategic initiatives for the future growth of our networks, and digitalization for businesses was one of the key conversations this year. 

Are you a leader in the discussion on digitalization?
We are looking for speakers and panelists for our Digitalization Forum on October 13 at Chicago's premier technology & entrepreneurship center, 1871. Panelists will discuss how businesses can keep up with the digital world, how digitalization can improve workflow and the pitfalls that come with digitalizing your company. Contact Kirsten Schmandt for more information.

Together with our engaged members we are pushing skilled workforce to the next level. Our collaborative event with the Atlantic Council was a great success. Representatives from both Germany and the US spoke about the importance of apprenticeships for building a skilled workforce and boosting competitiveness. The ICATT program remains at the forefront of this endeavor, and will continue in its efforts to grow the apprenticeship model in the US. 

Your GACC Midwest Team

Be recognized for excellence in Innovation, Services or Digitalization at our highlight event of the year, the GACC Awards Gala. Winning companies will receive international press coverage. 

Submit Your Award Application by July 31

Opportunities to feature your company at the GACC Awards Gala are still available. Check our sponsorship information.

In cooperation with Frankfurt Messe, GACC Midwest is hosting the 2nd International Night Reception on July 26 as part of NACE Automechanika Chicago. Join us after the trade show for the opportunity to network with leaders in the automotive aftermarket industry. Speak with industry experts and develop new connections at this evening reception. 

The Cluster Initiative took nine representatives from US clusters on a 5-day trip on Lightweighting  to Germany. In August, we will continue facilitating new business in Health Care & Medical Technologies. Read our Transatlantic Cluster Insights Newsletter for more information.


Former German national player Bastian Schweinsteiger, a veteran player of the 2014 World Cup Championship, has come to the Chicago Fire Soccer club. See him in action at GACC Midwest's family-friendly member event. Join fellow members for food drinks and networking while enjoying the Fire take on New York at Toyota Park on September 9, 2017. Score your tickets here.

Join this 5-day business delegation and get a unique look at Brazil's manufacturing industry. Take part in exclusive visits to top manufacturers like Robert Bosch Brazil, Siemens Brazil and Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Learn the best methods for entering the Brazilian market from manufacturing experts. More details can be found here.

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