Midwest SME Forum

The Midwest SME Forum offers you the possibility to expand your professional network and to grow your company's expertise on vital topics regarding the German-American business world. Our various discussion panels allow you to learn more about specific industry fields and business issues as well as the possibility to connect with professionals and experts.


                        Thursday, May 16, 2019 Northern Illinois University – Hoffman Estates, IL


9:30am                                               Registration & Networking Breakfast

10:00am – 10:30am                           Welcome Remarks by Mark Tomkins, President & CEO, GACC
                                                           Update from Springfield Mark Denzler, President & Chief
                                                           Executive for the Illinois Manufactureres' Association (IMA)

10:30am – 11:45am                            Panel 1: Technical Logistics Solutions – Mastering the Cloud
                                                            (Room 106)
                                                            Panel 2: Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Era of
                                                            Millennials (Room 107)

12:00pm                                             Attendee pitches – Introduce yourself and your company in 30
                                                           seconds. Limited to one representative per company. (Auditorium)

1:00pm                                                Lunch Break (Dining Room, 2nd floor)

2:00pm                                                Panel 3: User Experience Design – Creating Integrated 
                                                            Marketing Campaigns (Room 107)
                                                            Panel 4: Maintaining an Innovative Edge - Solutions for your
                                                            Business (Room 106)

3:30pm                                                Networking Break & Wrap-up

4:00pm                                                End of the event