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Driving Innovation and Growth
Going Global: Ways to Reduce Your Company's Risk and Obtain Funding




Reservations Required:   
March 12, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
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Global Midwest Alliance and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host Midwest business leaders for a discussion on how U.S. companies can:

  • Expand operations by exporting products and services globally;
  • Explore various financing options; and
  • Ensure that your company can mitigate risk.

The program will provide awareness of the need for U.S. products and expertise in emerging markets in a variety of industries as well as options for special funding. Join us as representatives from ExWorks Capital, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development discuss how they help businesses who are looking to expand their reach.

Keynote speaker Ian Solomon, Vice President for Global Engagement at the University of Chicago and former U.S. Executive Director to the World Bank, will be discussing the importance of global business and the University's initiatives. ​

Cost to attend event is $75 per person. Seats are limited.  Please register on or before March 10, 2015.​

Global Midwest Alliance is is a business-led, region-wide, not-for-profit education organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries. 
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Registration, Breakfast & Qualified Introductions

Welcome and Opening Remarks
David Oppedahl​, Senior Business Economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Keynote Presentation: The Importance of Global Engagement
Ian Solomon, Vice President for Global Engagement, The University of Chicago

Global Opportunities Panel: Obtaining Funding and Managing Risk
Moderator:  John McAdams, Chief Executive Officer, ExWorks Capital, and former COO and Board Member,
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Nkem Onwuamaegbu, Senior Underwriter, The World Bank Group's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Jozsef Szamosfalvi, Director, ExWorks Capital
Jorge Zukoski, Senior Business Development Representative, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Question and Closing Remarks

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8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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The Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO) of the World Bank Group is a network of 160 business intermediary organizations in 107 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group’s products and services. PSLOs facilitate companies’ access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.