2016 Midwest ACG Capital Connection

October 17-18, 2016
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Navy Pier
600 East Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611

For the last decade the Midwest ACG Capital Connection has gathered the largest number of Investors, Lenders & Investment Banks hosting one-on-one meetings and proud to be featured as active middle market investors and deal makers.

Drawing from over 40 states and countries, this event brings New Connections from our Global Connections (identifying all the featured deal makers active cross border), more Minority Executives expanding their firms, New Corporate Connection sessions and of course our new location at Navy Pier.


Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews and the Digital Economy Board of Advisors Convene in Silicon Valley

This week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews traveled to Silicon Valley to participate in two meetings of the Digital Economy Board of Advisors (DEBA). Established by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker earlier this year, the DEBA is comprised of technology industry leaders, innovators, and experts, and serves as a centralized forum to help businesses and consumers realize the potential of the digital economy to advance growth and opportunity. The Board provides advice in furtherance of increasing domestic prosperity, improving education, and facilitating participation in political and cultural life through the application and expansion of digital technologies.
On Thursday, Deputy Secretary Andrews moderated a discussion of the DEBA Working Group Coordinators’ Committee (WGCC), which included Working Group members and outside experts, representing corporations ranging from General Electric to Uber to Microsoft. Deputy Secretary Andrews expressed his interest in the WGCC’s advice on how the Department can transform to meet the demands of the 21st century economy and remain as relevant as possible to its constituents. The Deputy Secretary also received valuable information about what companies need from the Department of Commerce in today’s digital economy and how Commerce can improve its outreach to its constituents.

Today, Andrews delivered opening remarks at the second public meeting of the full DEBA, thanking members for their contributions to the Commerce Department’s successes in the digital economy space. The Deputy Secretary noted that under the Obama administration, the Department of Commerce has promoted a free and open Internet by implementing agreements such as the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, and continues working to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which limits digital protectionism in the Asia-Pacific’s dynamic markets. Additionally, through the privatization of the Domain Name System, the Commerce Department has worked to protect Internet freedom worldwide and entrust Internet governance to the people, while continuing to promote innovation and entrepreneurship at home and abroad. In closing, the Andrews charged the Board with informing and inspiring the next Administration to make the digital economy a top priority.

Following his remarks, the Deputy Secretary had the opportunity to learn about each Working Group’s progress since their first meeting in May 2016, when each was charged with a unique mandate, ranging from structuring the Department of Commerce for the 21st century economy to empowering business to innovate, compete, and scale by leveraging digital platforms. Working group members were able to deliberate with other Board members on how to think boldly and creatively about what they must do to support innovation, inclusivity, opportunity, and growth in the digital economy.

This meeting was a critical step in the lead-up to the third and final meeting of the DEBA under the Obama administration on December 15, 2016. At that time, the DEBA will present the Commerce leadership with forward-looking, actionable recommendations for policies that will help keep the United States on the cutting edge of global, digital commerce in the 21st century.

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.2 Million to Build New Wastewater System to Support Manufacturing in Michigan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.2 million grant to the Beaver Creek-Grayling Townships Utilities Authority in Grayling, Mich., to help build a new wastewater treatment system to support the needs of local businesses and allow a manufacturing company to expand.

“Ensuring that our communities have the vital infrastructure they need to support commerce is a top priority of the Economic Development Administration,” said Secretary Pritzker. “This EDA investment will provide the infrastructure the region needs to increase its development capacity.”

This EDA investment will help build a wastewater treatment system along the commercial and industrial corridor located south of Grayling to support the expansion plans of small businesses and a local manufacturer in the region. By providing access to water and sewer facilities, businesses will have the opportunity to diversify and grow, bringing more jobs to the region. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 250 jobs and attract $325 million in private investment.

3rd Annual National Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Summit

October 20, 2016
1401 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington DC 20230

The 3rd Annual National Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Summit hosted by the White House and the Economic Development Administration on October 20, 2016 in Washington, D.C.. The conference is FREE and open to the public but space is limited.

This year’s Summit will focus on sharing best practices; continuing the dialogue on current manufacturing issues; and providing an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and relationship building to advance the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Building on previous Summits’ focus on reinforcing the importance of regional collaboration, the 2016 Summit will have a heighten focus on increasing participation from all U.S. manufacturing communities and stakeholders.

Registration Deadline:
Friday, October 14th at 11:59 PST

Coming June 2017: SelectUSA Investment Summit

June 18-20, 2017
Gaylord Hotel
National Harbor, MD.

Mark your calendar: 2017 Investment Summit. The 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit dates and location

Each year, the Summit showcases investment opportunities from every corner of the United States, while high-profile business and government leaders share insight on the latest business trends. Participants find the practical tools, information and connections they need to move investments forward.

Hosted by President Barack Obama, the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit was a tremendous success, convening more than 2,500 participants from 70 markets and 52 U.S. states and territories.

To learn more about the last Summit, please visit our 2016 Summit page

2016 SelectUSA Taiwan Road Show

September 28-30, 2016
Taipei, Hsinchu, & Taichung, Taiwan

This is a unique opportunity for U.S. economic development organizations to meet with representatives from Taiwan’s IT, semiconductor, and renewable energy industries, and promote their locations to Taiwan companies.

Taiwan is the United States’ ninth-largest trading partner and the Road Show is designed to maximize this relationship. In fact, the first day of the show coincides with U.S. Business Day in Taipei, an event organized by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and focused on promoting bilateral trade and facilitating investment in the United States.

For more information, please contact
John McKiel (john.mckiel@trade.gov) in Washington, D.C.
or Jackie Hong (jackie.hong@trade.gov)in Taipei.

Making Global Goals Local Business – Dubai

Oct 24 – 27, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The UN Global Compact invites you to Dubai for a series of events as part of our Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, where we will bring together leaders across sectors to explore the transformative platforms and partnerships needed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the ground. In Dubai, over 600 participants from business, civil society, government, the UN and Global Compact Local Networks will focus on moving from awareness to action, showing that companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around the SDGs will be the market leaders of tomorrow.

Oct 24-25, 2016
Annual Local Network Forum
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 24-25, 2016
UN Private Sector Focal Points Network Annual Meeting
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 25, 2016
PRME Business for Peace Forum 2016
American University of Sharjah | United Arab Emirates

Oct 26, 2016
Business for Peace Annual Event
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 27,2016
Pearl Initiative & United Nations Global Compact 2nd Regional Forum
Conrad Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

AICC UN Global Compact Office: ungc@aiccus.org

Trade Americas Business Opportunities in Central America Conference

Opportunities in Central America: Trade Mission and Business Development Conference

March 26-31, 2017
Costa Rica

Costa Rica | Honduras | El Salvador | Guatemala | Nicaragua | Belize | Panama

Hosted in Costa Rica, Central American markets are seeking quality American-made products, and upcoming Trade Americas Business Opportunities in Central America Conference can connect your company to promising opportunities.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service on this mission to Central America, including business-to-business matchmaking in Costa Rica and one other market March 26-31, 2017 to:

Gain market insights,
Make industry contacts,
Solidify business strategies,
Advance specific projects, and
Identify potential partners.

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Proposed Visa Rule for International Entrepreneurs

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker released the following statement on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed new rule that would allow eligible international entrepreneurs to stay in the United States to start and scale their businesses.

“Today’s proposed rule will have a significant impact on the immigrant entrepreneurs that make extraordinary contributions to America’s economy,” said Secretary Pritzker. “In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, I’m delighted to see a solution that will allow the innovators behind many of our nation’s startups to remain in the United States, where they can continue strengthening our economy and creating good jobs.”

“We know that all too often, promising startups lose top talent because of visa challenges, causing companies to either close or to relocate abroad. Both scenarios can be detrimental to our nation’s economy. I encourage every entrepreneur, startup and business to provide feedback during the rule’s public comment period and to participate in this program once implemented. I look forward to convening entrepreneurs, startups and other stakeholders around the country to make sure this program achieves its goals.”

For additional information, please visit the USCIS website.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Secretary Pritzker Discusses Entrepreneurship During U.S.-India S&CD

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker highlighted the critical role entrepreneurship can play in deepening economic ties between the United States and India during remarks at this week’s U.S.-India Entrepreneurship Roundtable in New Delhi. The roundtable, which was held on the sidelines of the second annual U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) brought together government and industry leaders to discuss expanding the entrepreneurial spirit in the global economy.

Secretary Pritzker, U.S. National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients, and Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, co-hosted the event that also featured officials from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State, and 11 Indian entrepreneurs, including the CEOs from Zoomcar, Shoclues, and Practo Technologies.

The Entrepreneurship Roundtable offered the chance for Secretary Pritzker to connect with entrepreneurs in India, hearing about the experiences and challenges they have faced with starting companies in India. Secretary Pritzker discussed the importance of creating a culture and legal structure that is conducive to innovation, which is critical to economic growth. Additionally, innovators had the opportunity to exchange ideas and provide insight on the climate for starting business in India.

Secretary Pritzker heard from entrepreneurs like Chetna Vijay Sinha, Chairperson of Mann Deshi Bank and founder of, Mann Deshi Foundation. Mann Deshi Bank provides loans, savings plans, pensions, and insurance to women in rural villages across India and the Mann Deshi Foundation is focused on establishing equal rights for women in rural India. She also heard from Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founder of Naukri.com. Naukri.com started as a database of resume, jobs and recruitment consultants where jobseekers and hiring managers could meet, AND the services went commercial in 1997.

In reviewing the current state of entrepreneurship and business development in the United States, Secretary Pritzker outlined the success of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between government officials and American entrepreneurs to provide them with the assets they need to thrive.

Secretary Pritzker closed her remarks with a look ahead to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held in India. At the Summit, the world will be looking to leading economies, like those of the United States and India, to supply the next wave of innovation. She highlighted the importance of engaging key partners in efforts to grow the innovation ecosystem in India by identifying investors, supporters, and fellow entrepreneurs who need to be involved in order to make the Summit a success.