Make the World Your Business: 2nd Annual Global TradeSource, Ltd. Forum to Help Small Business Owners Expand by Exporting

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The Oct. 21st Global Small Business Forum will share ways to achieve global success

“We are honored to be a part of the forum because MB strives to help business owners grow and become more competitive in the global marketplace.” -- Chantal Wittman, V.P. International Trade Sales, International Banking Division, with MB Financial Bank

While known export revenue of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the United States rose to $479,376 billion in 2014, SMEs were only responsible for 34 percent of goods exports in 2014. Exporting helps businesses compete globally, reach higher levels of profitability, and supports jobs. Global TradeSource, Ltd. invites startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn how to achieve global success at its 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum with the theme Make the World Your Business at 70 West Madison Street in the heart of downtown Chicago on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.

The Global Small Business Forum will inspire attendees to make the world their business. Event attendees will gain the knowledge and insights they need to set strategy, market, sell, get paid, and fulfill orders internationally by taking full advantage of the Internet and the opportunities it creates. Attendees will be able to boost their revenues and profitability by learning how to expand beyond borders.

“Exporting is not a choice, it is an imperative. An export-or-die mentality is required by those individuals and business owners who don’t want to be beaten by their competitors—both local and global—in the world marketplace,” says Laurel Delaney, founder, GSBB Media, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global TradeSource, Ltd. “This forum will help entrepreneurs and small business owners choose exporting as a growth avenue for their business.”

The daylong forum will encourage participants to share challenges, strategies and experience with other successful exporters from all over the world, as well as learn from interactive panel discussions and keynote speakers, including:

  • Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; Chairman, IL District Export Council
  • Kati Suominen, Founder and CEO, Nextrade Group, LLC
  • Marc Schulman, President, Eli’s Cheesecake Company
  • Mary Safie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Safie Specialty Foods Company
  • Chantal Wittman Meier, V.P., International Trade Sales, MB Financial Bank
  • Peter Darley, Owner, VP & COO, W.S. Darley
  • Mike Howard, Managing Director for the Central Region of the Business Development Division of the Export-Import Bank
  • Frank Gogliotti, Project Engineer, Weldy-Lamont
  • Susan Meyer, Counsel for Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Philip Pittsford, Chair, National District Export Council
  • Dennis Foldenauer, Regional Manager, IL and WI, International Trade Finance Specialist U.S. SBA, International Trade, U.S. Export Assistance Center
  • Constantine Grapsas, CEO and Founder of Automated Industrial Machinery, Inc.

Participants will also have a chance to network, get to know their peers and make new connections.

The 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum 2016 will have business owners – the makers, movers, and shakers on this planet who want to make the world their business – cover such topics as:

  • Taking sexy, hot pickled foods to a global market
  • Leading, sustaining, and getting paid on complex international projects
  • Creating B2C and B2B business opportunities through the global mobile revolution
  • Tapping into TPP, TTIP, TISA, Brexit and CETA for global growth
  • Developing an export plan
  • Connecting with agents and distributors to expand into new overseas markets

“We’re proud to support local business owners to help them learn the ropes to expanding their businesses globally,” says forum Event sponsor Linda Bi, president of Chicago Expert Importers. “The 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum provides startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners with the information they need to take their business to the next level of growth by exports.”

Adds Chantal Wittman, V.P. International Trade Sales, International Banking Division, with MB Financial Bank and also Event sponsor to the Forum: “We are honored to be a part of the forum because MB strives to help business owners grow and become more competitive in the global marketplace.”

The forum will be held Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at 700 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602. To register, visit: Registration is limited and will sell out quickly.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time
Breakfast, lunch and a copy of export expert Laurel Delaney’s 2nd edition “Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably” book (endorsed by “Good to Great” author Jim Collins) are included in the registration fee.

70 West Madison Street
4th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60602
The event fee is $125 until October 19, 2016. Student fee is $75. Vendor tables are already sold out. Registration is required. Register at:

About GSBB Media LLC

GSBB Media LLC is the publisher of the award-winning Global Small Business Blog, ranked No. 1 in the world for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses expand their businesses internationally. GSBB Media LLC provides quality global business content addressing the specific needs, strengths and challenges of business owners worldwide and empowers them to reach their full potential in the global marketplace. Expert content, news and networking events provide startups, entrepreneurs and business owners with resources to support their global endeavors. GSBB Media LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Global TradeSource, Ltd., a Chicago-based global marketing and management consulting company established in 1985. GSBB Media LLC seeks to help startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners flourish in the global marketplace. Visit:

About Chicago Expert Importers (CEI)

CEI is an importer, warehouse, and global distribution company that specializes in sourcing products from China, warehousing products for just-in-time delivery and shipping goods globally. For more information, call 630-761-9816, email sales(at)ceimporters(dot)com or visit:

About MB Financial

MB Financial Bank, N.A. is a commercial bank with approximately $19 billion in assets and a more than one hundred year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB Financial Bank offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. For more information, call 847-653-0301, email internationalbanking(at)mbfinancial(dot)com or visit:

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