State Economic Development Agency announces statewide export seminars

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

                     The Illinois Department of Commerce &

                     Economic Opportunity Office of Trade and Investment

                     is hosting free informational seminars for any small

                     or medium-sized business interested in expanding its

                     export opportunities. The seminars will provide

                     businesses with information about Illinois' new $1.26

                     million State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) grant

                     program and other services that are available to help

                     businesses find new overseas markets.

                     The STEP program, funded through the U.S. Small

                     Business Administration, supports Governor Pat

                     Quinn's goal of doubling Illinois exports by year-end

                     2014, and will help Illinois businesses export their

                     products and services world-wide.

                     The seminars are free, but require registration to

                     attend. To register for any of the following export

                     seminars or to learn more about Illinois trade, visit


                     Thursday, Nov. 3 - Edwardsville

                     Morris University Center

                     Hickory/Hackberry Rooms

                     10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (includes noon networking lunch)

                     Register online by Nov. 1

                     Monday, Nov. 7 - Chicago

                     Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC)

                     320 N Damen Avenue, First Floor

                     9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

                     Register online by Nov. 5

                    Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Rockford


                     605 Fulton Avenue

                     8 a.m. – 10 a.m. (includes breakfast)

                     Register by Nov. 4 by emailing

                     Wednesday, Nov. 9 - Peoria

                     Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

                     801 West Main Street

                     8 a.m. – 10 a.m. (includes breakfast)

                     Register online by Nov. 7

                     Wednesday, Nov. 9 - Moline

                     Butterworth Educational Center

                     701 11th Avenue

                     10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch provided)

                     Register by Nov. 7 by emailing

                     Thursday, Nov. 17 - Naperville

                     U of I Business Innovation Services

                     Naperville Center, 1100 E Warrenville Rd, Naperville

                     8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Networking (includes continental


                     9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Presentation and Questions

                     Register online by Nov. 10