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Illinois Is Global

The Illinois Chamber is committed to expanding Illinois’ role in the Global Marketplace and increasing the state’s businesses import-export trading capabilities. This is critical to the future economic health of the state. The Illinois Chamber’s International Business Council (IBC) is central to helping meet these objectives.

The IBC focuses on building strategic partnerships to maximize the resources of the Illinois Chamber’s members to expand in foreign markets and foster trade and investment in Illinois.  The Illinois Chamber’s outreach includes Illinois businesses and a global network of local and foreign chambers of commerce along with state and federal agencies and high-level political and diplomatic circles.

In the 2012 State of the Union Message, President Obama said it best, “95% of the world’s customers and world’s fastest growing markets are outside our borders.” Many Illinois businesses are already active global traders, but future success requires greater awareness of the competition for those customers. Likewise, Illinois is well positioned for foreign investors to establish their enterprise in the third largest American market, have access to extensive transportation networks, settle in a world-class and multi-cultural metropolis and be in easy reach of the industrial heartland and agricultural center of the nation.

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Contact Laura for more information and opportunities to help your company expand into the international arena!


International Business Council Calendar 2017



Laura Ortega-Lamela

Executive Director | International Business Council 
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
(312) 983-7111 direct
(708) 369-4635 mobile                           



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