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Global Small Business Forum

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Chicago, Il
Global TradeSource

For all entrepreneurs and small business owners – the makers, movers and shakers on this planet – who want to make the world their business and network with their peers.

While known export revenue of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the United States rose to $479,376 billion in 2014, SMEs were only responsible for 34 percent of goods exports in 2014. Exporting helps businesses compete globally, reach higher levels of profitability, and supports jobs. Global TradeSource, Ltd. invites startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn how to achieve global success at its 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum with the theme Make the World Your Business at 70 West Madison Street in the heart of downtown Chicago on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.

The Global Small Business Forum will inspire attendees to make the world their business. Event attendees will gain the knowledge and insights they need to set strategy, market, sell, get paid, and fulfill orders internationally by taking full advantage of the Internet and the opportunities it creates. Attendees will be able to boost their revenues and profitability by learning how to expand beyond borders.

“Exporting is not a choice, it is an imperative. An export-or-die mentality is required by those individuals and business owners who don’t want to be beaten by their competitors—both local and global—in the world marketplace,” says Laurel Delaney, founder, GSBB Media, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global TradeSource, Ltd. “This forum will help entrepreneurs and small business owners choose exporting as a growth avenue for their business.”

The daylong forum will encourage participants to share challenges, strategies and experience with other successful exporters from all over the world, as well as learn from interactive panel discussions and keynote speakers, including: 

  • Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; Chairman, IL District Export Council
  • Kati Suominen, Founder and CEO, Nextrade Group, LLC
  • Marc Schulman, President, Eli’s Cheesecake Company
  • Mary Safie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Safie Specialty Foods Company
  • Chantal Wittman Meier, V.P., International Trade Sales, MB Financial Bank
  • Peter Darley, Owner, VP & COO, W.S. Darley
  • Mike Howard, Managing Director for the Central Region of the Business Development Division of the Export-Import Bank
  • Frank Gogliotti, Project Engineer, Weldy-Lamont
  • Susan Meyer, Counsel for Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Philip Pittsford, Chair, National District Export Council
  • Dennis Foldenauer, Regional Manager, IL and WI, International Trade Finance Specialist U.S. SBA, International Trade, U.S. Export Assistance Center
  • Constantine Grapsas, CEO and Founder of Automated Industrial Machinery, Inc.

Participants will also have a chance to network, get to know their peers and make new connections.

The 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum 2016 will have business owners – the makers, movers, and shakers on this planet who want to make the world their business – cover such topics as:

  • Taking sexy, hot pickled foods to a global market
  • Leading, sustaining, and getting paid on complex international projects
  • Creating B2C and B2B business opportunities through the global mobile revolution
  • Tapping into TPP, TTIP, TISA, Brexit and CETA for global growth
  • Developing an export plan
  • Connecting with agents and distributors to expand into new overseas markets

“We’re proud to support local business owners to help them learn the ropes to expanding their businesses globally,” says forum Event sponsor Linda Bi, president of Chicago Expert Importers. “The 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum provides startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners with the information they need to take their business to the next level of growth by exports.”