Going global is no longer just for large and established enterprises with tons of cash, but for companies of all sizes — from startups and micro independents, to tiny e-commerce firms and small businesses. The future belongs to the agile, lean and more responsive firms as well as to those who are positioning for global success.

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FACT: Exporting holds a significant growth opportunity for small businesses that has yet to be fully tapped. While 92% of U.S. SMEs who do business globally see international markets as a significant growth opportunity, only 7% of middle market companies and less than 1% of small businesses in the U.S. export. – Source: American Express 2017 Survey




This conference runs from 7:30am - 11:30am.
We will provide a continental breakfast and coffee breaks throughout the program.



The Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
450 CityFront Plaza
Chicago, IL 60611

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Gold Sponsor

MB Financial Bank, N.A. is a commercial bank with approximately $20 billion in assets and a more than one hundred year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle market companies and individuals. MB Financial Bank offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. For more information, call 847-653-1515, email internationalbanking@mbfinancial.com or visit: mbfinancial.com
  • MB Financial Bank

Bronze Sponsor

At Nixon Peabody, we see 21st century law as a tool to help shape our clients’ futures. We are constantly thinking about what is important to our clients now and next so we can foresee obstacles and opportunities in their space and smooth the way. We work together to handle complex challenges in intellectual property, litigation, real estate, corporate law and finance anywhere in the world. Our Chicago office provides clients a full range of services, including food and beverage, health care, private equity, government relations and labor and employment law. With more than 600 attorneys in 17 offices throughout the U.S. and abroad, Nixon Peabody’s strong global presence allows us to deliver seamless service to clients worldwide.
  • Nixon Peabody

Host Sponsor

The University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation brings the power of ideas in the laboratory, classroom and community to the world. Through education, resources, and programs, the Polsky Center commercializes discoveries, partners with companies, and attracts venture capital. The Polsky Center runs UChicago’s top-ranked business accelerator, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, which has helped launch more than 200 companies worldwide that have gone on to achieve more than $9 billion in value and raised over $600 million in funding. The mission of the Polsky Center is to support students, faculty, alumni, and community members by bridging the gap between knowledge and practice, idea and action, and research and impact. By igniting a spirit of innovation and fostering connections that extend across the University, city, region and world, the Polsky Center enables more ideas to have a meaningful impact on society. Learn more at polsky.uchicago.edu.
  • The Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business takes the role of Host Sponsor for 2018.


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  • FACC
  • Global Chamber Chicago
  • SBE Council
  • IL Department of Commerce - Trade & Investment
  • Metro Chicago Exports logo
  • Globe Trade
  • World Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Small Business Trends logo
  • 1871
  • Global Chamber