Welcome to the IMA Executive News & Views Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Executive News & Views Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Tuesday
May192015

Metro Chicago Exports Launches Small Business Grant Program

JPMorgan Chase funds the $225,000 initiative

Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) recently 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, will award grants up to $5,000 to businesses throughout Northeastern Illinois.

The Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program is 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 SMEs. Eligible SMEs with an exportable product or service can apply for the grant to help take their business offering to the rest of the world. Approximately 50 grants are open through the first wave of funding, which closes on May 31st.

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Tuesday
May192015

Entrepreneurs, Small Technology Firms, Researchers, and Innovators: Grow your business

From the SBA Office of Investment and Innovation …

The SBA Office of Investment and Innovation’s sister agency, The United States Patent & Trademark Office, has two upcoming opportunities that might be of great interest to you all over the next few weeks. Our team figured to share with our great and inventive SBIR/STTR family across the 50 States! (SBIR Team @SBAGov #SeedTheFuture #SBIR)

1) Free Webinar on Patent Filing & Legal Assistance-May 21st

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Tuesday
May122015

NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray to offer economic forecast in Danville, Friday, May 15

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2015, 1:00-2:00 pm

WHERE: Danville Community College, Bremer Conference Center, Room 141/142

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association cordially invites you to hear a special economic forecast from Dr. Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers. This provides a great opportunity for local employers and economic development officials to hear economic projections from one of the leading business economists in the United States.

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Tuesday
May122015

Considering Operations in Mexico? Uncover the Unknowns First

A FREE webinar from IMA member Plante Moran …

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT

Mexico continues to provide a competitive advantage for organizations looking to diversify their operational footprint. One common and often overlooked factor, however, is all of the unknowns. Doing business in Mexico comes with its own unique challenges and opportunities, and entering or expanding without fully understanding key considerations could impact your performance and success.

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Wednesday
Apr292015

The Real Cost Of Non-Compliance — Attend FREE Workshop May 12th In Rolling Meadows

The Affordable Care Act, OSHA and Medical Marijuana — what you need to know

Next week our strategic partner, Manufacturing Insurance Services of Illinois [MIS], will be conducting a free educational workshop in Rolling Meadows. The focus of this event will center around three specific topics we feel are extremely relevant to manufacturers in Illinois: The Affordable Care Act, OSHA, and Medical Marijuana.

MIS has partnered with leading industry professionals to develop an extremely informative seminar. The agenda has been designed to educate you on the state of our evolving legislative landscape and help your business maintain compliance in Illinois’ changing business environment.

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Wednesday
Apr292015

TWO Manufacturing Matchmaking events slated for Spring 2015: Bolingbrook and Bloomington-Normal

IMEC and a variety of key regional manufacturing partners have joined forces to provide new manufacturing matchmaking (supplier sourcing) opportunities for companies throughout the state. The two events scheduled for late spring will bring local sourcing conversations to the forefront, spurring discussion around where capabilities and capacities lie and with whom. The events provide one-on-one matched meetings for manufacturers to connect — Check out the individual event dates for more information or to register!

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Thursday
Apr232015

Manufacturers Rally Behind Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

Call for Swift Action from Congressional Leaders

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) has joined the National Association of Manufacturers and more than 280 organizations representing millions of companies, workers, farmers and ranchers from nearly every sector of the economy and every state urged for Congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

“Trade agreements negotiated and concluded under TPA help drive economic growth and job creation here at home,” said the nearly 300 signatories in the letter. “They enable manufacturers, service providers, farmers and ranchers across the country to reach the 95 percent of the world’s customers who live outside our borders. One in four manufacturing jobs in the United States depends on exports, and one in every three acres of farmland is planted for consumers overseas. More than 97 percent of the 300,000 U.S. companies that export are small and medium-sized businesses.”

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Thursday
Apr232015

Google is coming to Chicago — April 27th

Join Google in Chicago on April 27 for a workshop to help customers find your business online. We’ll help you update your business info on Google Search and Maps, build a free website, and more.

On April 27, Google will bring its Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map workshop to Chicago. This free event has brought together business owners, partners, and elected officials in cities across the country with one goal: to help local businesses get their info online and on the map for free.

Businesses that are online grow 40 percent faster* than those that aren’t. In this workshop, Google experts will provide live coaching to help businesses get on the map and build their free website. We’ll even provide laptops so our attendees can get found immediately!

When: Monday, April 27 2015, 9AM - 12PM

Where: Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

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Wednesday
Apr152015

The REAL cost of non-compliance — Attend workshop May 12th in Rolling Meadows

The Affordable Care Act, OSHA and Medical Marijuana — what you need to know

Next month our strategic partner, Manufacturing Insurance Services of Illinois [MIS], will be conducting a free educational workshop in Rolling Meadows. The focus of this event will center around three specific topics we feel are extremely relevant to manufacturers in Illinois: The Affordable Care Act, OSHA, and Medical Marijuana.

MIS has partnered with leading industry professionals to develop an extremely informative seminar. The agenda has been designed to educate you on the state of our evolving legislative landscape and help your business maintain compliance in Illinois’ changing business environment.

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Wednesday
Apr152015

You are invited to participate in the 2015 McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor Survey

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is supporting the 2015 McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor, and we’re asking for your participation. The survey officially launched on March 23 and submissions will be accepted until April 23. Now in its tenth year, the Monitor has been helping industry executives make informed decisions based on information gathered from companies across the country and around the world, and plans to provide an in-depth look at globalization, innovation and information technology — issues of primary importance to the industry and your company.

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