About Us

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 German Chamber Network (AHKs) with 140 offices in 92 countries around the globe. Our continuing mission is to 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 US 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), is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Our Michigan office, located in Detroit, is shared with the Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC).

Our Chapters Across the Midwest 

In addition to our offices in Chicago and Detroit, GACC Midwest has four Chapters across the US. Our Chapters in Colorado (CO), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN) and Wisconsin (WI) organize additional events for companies and members and offer them access to both a local and regional network.

The 3 Functions of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs)

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 and Consulting for 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. Among those services are market entry consulting, M&A, market analyses, recruiting services and more. Members receive discounts for services and events offered by the Chambers.

The German American Chambers of Commerce

The German American Chambers of Commerce main offices are located in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, alongside their branches in Detroit and Houston. The GACCs cater to 2,500 members and National Partners nation-wide.

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) is the Washington, DC liaison office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK). RGIT’s mission is to foster free trade and a welcoming business environment on both sides of the Atlantic to achieve sustainable growth, jobs and innovation for the German-American economic relations. 

The Deutsche Industrie-und Handelskammertag e. V. (DIHK) coordinates and develops the global network of the German Chambers Abroad. With 140 offices in 92 countries around the globe, the network counts more than 51.000 members worldwide.