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Metro Chicago Exports is committed to helping local small and medium-sized companies maximize their exporting potential.
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Who We Are

Metro Chicago Exports is an unprecedented collaboration between the seven counties in Northeastern Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and the City of Chicago to increase exports from small and medium-sized companies and to support regional job growth.

Get the Facts about Exporting

Direct exports account for nearly 10% of the Illinois Gross State Product (GSP)

More than 70% of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the U.S. and over 95% of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S.

More than 345,000 jobs were supported by goods exported from Illinois in 2014

Export Roadmap

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Our roadmap will connect you with the resources you need to maximize your exporting potential.

Upcoming Events

Tue 29

Focused Trade Mission to Brazil for Value Added Feed Ingredients

August 29 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm
Sep 10

Smart Cities Trade Mission to Poland and the Czech Republic

September 10 @ 8:00 am - September 15 @ 5:00 pm
Sep 11

Exporting News

Metro Chicago Exports Awards 50 Export Grants to Local Businesses

$230,000 in Grants from JPMorgan Chase Will Help Small and Medium-Sized Companies Navigate Opportunities in International Markets
 

SBA 2016 Exporter of the Year Award Recipient cites success criteria for entrepreneurs

Sophia Leaguedi of Glenview has learned that there is no absolute "secret sauce" to her success, but she has clearly identified many of the key ingredients, propelling her to being named Illinois' 2016 SBA (Small…
 

Joint U.S.-Canada plan earmarks $3.8B to boost cargo shipping in Great lakes region

Michigan's Governor said the aim is to boost the Great Lakes region's $5 trillion economy and create jobs over a 10-year period
 
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