Our news page lets you learn what’s going on in the export world both in our region and globally, sharing news from Metro Chicago Exports, our partners and the national and global export ecosystem.

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
July 27th, 2016|

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
June 16th, 2016|

Grants offset exporting expenses

Networking literally paid off for Jamie Kaplan, CFO of Pinch Provisions in Elk Grove Village, when she took the advice of her UPS rep and applied for and won a grant that opened new doors for her company in exporting.
May 1st, 2016|

How two scrappy Chicago beauty companies are nailing international expansion

Entrepreneurship can be risky enough without adding currency fluctuations and geopolitical shifts to the mix. But for small-business owners with ambition, international expansion can offer growth by leaps and force you to diversify.
April 28th, 2016|

Metro Chicago Exports Offers Grant Program to Local Exporters

Metro Chicago Exports announced yesterday the launch of its 2016 grant program. The program, presented by JP Morgan Chase & Co., will award grants up to $5,000 to help small and medium-sized companies in Chicago and Northeastern Illinois maximize their export potential and engage with customers in international markets.
April 5th, 2016|

Denver seen as model of regional cooperation by development group

The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and the acres of corn fields in unincorporated Kane County may not seem to have anything in common, but the Chicago Regional Growth Initiative sees a connection and ways to build on it.
March 1st, 2016|

Downers Grove business using grant to reach international customers

Blue Diamond Athletic Displays of Downers Grove will soon present its website in four languages thanks to a $5,000 grant from Metro Chicago Exports. Metro Chicago Exports is a collaboration between the city of Chicago and seven northeastern Illinois counties, including DuPage, to try to increase exports for small and mid-sized businesses.
November 24th, 2015|

Kane County Approves Matching Awards for Export Grant Program

In May 2015, Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) announced the launch of a Grant Program to help small and mid-sized businesses grow in international trade, specifically through export. The Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., will award grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois. The Kane County Exports Grant […]
July 14th, 2015|

Metro Chicago Exports Launches Small Business Grant Program

CHICAGO – Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) today announced the launch of a Grant Program to help small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow in international trade, specifically through export initiatives. The $225,000 program, funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co., will award grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois.
May 4th, 2015|

Metro Chicago Exports Appoints Thomas Hulseman as First Managing Director

Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) today announced the appointment of Thomas Hulseman as founding managing director. In this new role, he will help lead 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 mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) […]
January 22nd, 2015|