Summer is a great time for strategic planning and development...take a look at these upcoming events with those goals

July 16th, OPEN HOUSE...McHenry, Winnebago and Boone Counties are collaborating on a new comprehensive economic development strategy that takes a regional view to pursuing growth, creating jobs and strengthening our local economy.

Local residents, business owners, community leaders and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend this community planning event. 

• July 16th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at McHenry County Government Center, 667 Ware Rd, Woodstock, IL

• July 22th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Belvidere City Council Chambers, 401 Whitney Blvd, Belvidere IL

• July 23th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at RMAP Regional Design Center, 315 N. Main St, Rockford, IL

For more information, contact our office.

August 12th Exporting event - Doing Business with Indonesia...thinking of exporting or expanding your reach...check out this free trade promotion event being held at the McHenry County College Small Business Development Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry from 8 to 10 am.

Why do Business in Indonesia? Abundant natural resources, a young and technically trained work force and a large and growing domestic market, combined with an improving investment climate and a higher global profile are just a few of the many strengths.

 World's 4th Largest Population - 252 M

  • GDP growth rate of 5.8% (2013), with GNI per Capita (PPP) 9,170 USD.
  • With total GDP of 868.3 billion in 2013, Indonesia is largest economy in S.E. Asia
  • 27th largest exporter in the world (WTO)
  • In the Top 10 "most attractive destinations for (FDI)" foreign direct investment (UNCTAS World's Investment Prospect Survey)

 You will also have the chance to learn more about:

  • How to sell your products into Indonesia
  • Sourcing important natural resources for your manufacturing process from Indonesia
  • Purchasing products for distribution into the U.S. Market
  • Update on the upcoming Trade Mission to Indonesia in October 21-25, 2015
  • Buying Mission Program

Click Here to Watch Trade Expo Indonesia Video


August 27th  New air service to begin from Rockford to Denver and New York...Rockford's Chicago Rockford International Airport will be serving these cities starting on August 27th with flights on Thursdays, Friday's and Monday's through Elite Airways.  Tickets are now on sale. Call them directly at: 877.393.2510 or click here

September 16th Energy Efficiency EXPO... ComEd is partnering with NICOR, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas to host an Energy Efficiency EXPO at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.  This is the 4th EXPO and it promises to be even bigger than ever with more than 1,000 building professionals expected to attend.  The event runs from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and includes all education sessions, access to trade show exhibits, continental breakfast, sit down or box lunch, free parking and an afternoon prize drawing.

The event will feature: • 16 sessions showcasing the latest trends in energy efficiency, presented by leaders in energy and innovation • Provide information on rebates and other incentives to help businesses save energy • Provide businesses with the opportunity to consult with energy and innovation experts

The “early bird” registration fee thru July 31st is $79.  Click here to register.

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