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Metro Chicago Exports – Your navigator in the path to exporting

What does Metro Chicago Exports Do?

Building Connections. Through our network of service providers and other partners, Metro Chicago Exports provides vetted referrals to help companies hit the ground running with an exporting strategy.

In 2016 Metro Chicago Exports established partnerships with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), U.S. Commercial Service, and Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank).

Facts about Exporting

Metro Chicago Exports and IMEC seek manufacturers for ExporTech cohort

Calling all manufacturers with an eye on global sales!

Are you re-actively selling to international customers who find you, rather than taking a proactive and strategic approach to international sales?

Are you struggling to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets?
If YES… ExporTech could be the answer.

Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program Deadline May 27

Don’t miss an opportunity to access funding to get your company on the path to exporting!

Small and medium-sized companies located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties that are existing exporters or new-to-export with fewer than 500 employees are encouraged to apply.

Metro Chicago ExportsThe single-round 2016 Grant Program will award up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in the seven-county region to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan. More information about eligible expenses can be found in this Frequently Asked Questions document.

Go Global in the Digital Age

Taking on the International Market

Presented by Laurel Delaney, Founder & President of

On May 28th, join IMEC, the SIUE International Trade Center and Small Business Development Center for a special presentation on “Go Global in the Digital Age”. Register online by visiting for only $15.

In order to remain competitive, businesses must be ready to adapt to the changing nature of the international trade environment. Global Small Business Blog creator Laurel Delaney will provide expert insight on export readiness and how to expand your business in a global market.