Day 1
21 Oct 2016

Welcome and Introductions

Laurel Delaney, President, GlobeTrade.com and creator of the Global Small Business Blog
Laurel Delaney
Laurel Delaney

Greetings from Marc Schulman

Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake
MARC S. SCHULMAN

Opening Remarks

Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; Chairman, Illinois District Export Council, will discuss the state of IL exports and what’s in store for TPP, TTIP, TISA, Brexit and CETA.
Richard Paullin

Presentation: Export Survival Guide: How We Brought Our “It” Kits Overseas

Presented by: Stephanie Kaplan, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Pinch Provisions Jamie Kaplan, Co-Founder and SVP for Strategy, Pinch Provisions

Stephanie and Jamie Kaplan are the co-founders of Pinch Provisions, the leading purveyor of personal care kits and premium emergency essentials. They will discuss how they brought their kits with a cult-following overseas, and share the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Jamie Kaplan
Jamie Kaplan
10:15 - 10:30

ENERGY BREAK = Network + Visit Vendor Tables!

Panel Discussion: “Lead, Sustain, and Get Paid on (Complex) International Projects”

Moderated by: Chantal Wittman, V.P. International Trade Sales, International Banking Division, MB Financial 

Learn how to select a best overseas market, implement an international business strategy, overcome barriers to entry on complex international projects, and get paid (financed).

Chantal Wittman Meier
Chantal Wittman Meier — Moderator
Peter Darley
Peter Darley
Frank Gogliotti
Frank Gogliotti
Michael F. Howard
Michael F. Howard

Luncheon + presentation: Take On the World – Online!

Presented by: Kati Suominen, Founder and CEO of Nextrade Group, LLC and Founder and CEO of TradeUp Capital Fund

Kati Suominen will discuss how the mobile revolution opens enormous B2C and B2B business opportunities worldwide, how to create an impactful omnichannel marketing strategy for international markets, and factors to consider before selling cross-border online.

Dr. Kati Suominen
Dr. Kati Suominen
1:00-1:15

ENERGY BREAK = Network + Visit Vendor Tables!

Presentation by Philip Pittsford, “Get in the Ready State for Exports”

Philip Pittsford is Vice Chair of the Illinois District Export Council Moderated by Susan Meyer, Counsel, Nixon Peabody

Learn how to put the pieces in place for exporting; why customers are the lifeblood of your export activity; how to build your export team; and, develop an export plan.

Philip Pittsford
Philip A. Pittsford
Susan Meyer
Susan Meyer — Moderator
2:15-2:30

Energy Break = Network + Visit Vendor Tables!

Presentation by Constantine Grapsas, “How a Powerful Strategy Allows You To Achieve International Expansion Success and Not Get in Trouble With Our Government”

Constantine Grapsas is President of AIM Machines Moderated by: Dennis Foldenauer, Regional Manager – Illinois and Wisconsin, International Trade Finance Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration - Office of International Trade, U.S. Export Assistance Center

Learn how to connect with agents and reps to expand into new territories; what kind of assistance is available to crack open international markets; and, how to get your products ready for the global marketplace and avoid getting in trouble with the government.

Dennis Foldenauer
Dennis Foldenauer — Moderator
Constantine Grapsas
Constantine Grapsas

Closing Remarks

Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; Chairman, Illinois District Export Council.
Richard Paullin
3:45-4:30

Networking and Final Vendor Visits