Exporting Grants Available for Manufacturers & Reminder Enhancing Excellence Speaker Event April 12th, 2016

As I have mentioned in the past, we have been collaborating with METRO
CHICAO EXPORTS, which includes the seven counties in Northeastern Illinois and
the City of Chicago/World Business Chicago to increase exports from small and
midsized forms to support regional job growth.

For the second year running, the Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program will award grants up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in McHenry County and Northeastern Illinois.  These grants will reimburse 50 percent of eligible expenses associated with exporting, such as executive training, trade show participation, and international certifications. If you have been thinking about exporting, this is a great opportunity.

The 2016 Grant Program will accept applications through May 27, 2016. Later this year, Metro
Chicago Exports will host a pitch fest during which both 2015 and 2016 grant recipients will be eligible to submit a pitch for additional funding totaling $30,000. Additional details and eligibility requirements pertaining to the 2016 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program are available at www.MetroChicagoExports.com or contact me at 815.893.0895.

CAN’T MISS EVENT - Just a reminder that our 2016 Enhancing Excellent Speaker series kicks off on April 12th, 2016 at the Crystal Lake Country Club from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Our speaker, Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will focus on the state of OUR Midwest Economy. His presentation is sure to be enlightening as well as entertaining and breakfast is always delicious. MCEDC Investor/members $20.00 – Others $35. Please call to make reservations by Friday, April 8, or register online at www.mchenrycountyedc.com/events.

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