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International Insights Newsletter | August 2017

What you need, where you need it

International initiatives of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce provide a gateway between corporate Chicagoland and the global community, via customized programs designed to the interests of Chamber members. We cultivate connections between Chicago’s growing international business community and the rest of the world. We host foreign delegations and thought leadership forums; we develop roundtables with global experts on timely topics; and we are accessible, always, on a one-on-on-basis to strategize with members on which connections we can help them make to open up the full world of possibilities.  

We know from our research which specific parts of the globe are most relevant to you. Our member survey found 49-percent of Chicagoland Chamber members do business internationally, with the top 5 international regions of interest, in order, being: Europe, Asia/Southeast Asia, Canada, Mexico and Central/South America. This insight guides our selection of thought leaders and content presented at events. Our events also include networking components, so Chamber members can make strategic connections, locally, that help broaden their international reach.

This is our first edition of the Chamber International newsletter. Its goal is to extend the dialogue between the Chicagoland Chamber and you, our international business community. Please feel free to share news about your business with us, plus any ideas you have about Chamber programs and events, or how we can best serve you in general. My email address is here.


Blanca Berthier
Director of International Programs

Member Insights

Economic Outlook Q3 2017: Eurozone | Deloitte

Roundup of Global Labor Reforms | DLA Piper

Mexican Wave: Exploring investor outlook in Mexico | EY

NAFTA Reform & The Opportunities for Private Equity | BDO

International Business Report

Business optimism at an all-time high but skills shortage threatens

Country Spotlight: Indonesia

Indonesia is a promising business destination for Chicagoland companies. With 255-million people,it is the 4th most populous country in the world. It has the 16th largest economy, an expected economic growth rate of 5.2% to 5.4% in 2017, and is 10th globally in purchasing power. Indonesia also has abundant natural resources, a growing digital economy, and a vibrant young population that is technically-trained and increasingly digitally connected. Indonesia is a member of the G-20 and has tax incentives for certain investments.

More information, and registration for the roundtable can be found here.

Upcoming Events

 Our Business After Business networking event is going global this August.  The monthly get-together of Chamber members will welcome friends from our partner, the Chicago International Trade Commissioners Association (CITCA).  We’ll talk business, global economics, and enjoy cocktails at one of the "Top 50 City Clubs" in America, the Union League Club of Chicago.  (Dress code is business attire, no jeans)


You are invited to take part in a free-flowing roundtable discussion over breakfast with the Consul General of Indonesia, Rosmalawati Chalid. Complimentary registration online here.


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Blanca Berthier | Director, International Programs