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Reservations Required:

December 5, 2018

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Coalition Energy
18 South Michigan Avenue, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL  60601


We are pleased to invite you to a holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2019. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance provides to innovators and entrepreneurs across the Midwest.
​About Our Sponsors 
CBIZ CMF provides professional business services that help clients better manage their finances, employees and insurance needs. CBIZ CMF provides its clients with financial services including accounting, tax, financial advisory, government healthcare consulting, risk advisory, and valuation services. Benefits and insurance services include group health benefits consulting, property and casualty insurance, retirement plan consulting, payroll, and HR consulting. As a leading provider of accounting, insurance and other professional consulting services to businesses throughout the United States, the company's services are provided through more than 100 offices in 33 states. 

Wipfli ranks among the top 25 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation with over 1,800 associates, 41 offices in the United States and two offices in India. Wipfli is also a member of Allinial Global, an accounting firm association of legally independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in North America and throughout the world through international members and partnerships. We enjoy a solid reputation as industry experts and as a trusted business advisor to more than 60,000 clients including: manufacturing and construction companies, contractors and developers, real estate companies, health care organizations, financial institutions, insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, units of government, dealerships, and individuals. 

Energy Foundry invests venture capital in today's most promising energy innovators, and we work with the world's leading energy companies to build and scale new ventures. Our approach merges venture capital with the perks of partnership, and includes an arsenal of essential tools and relationships to help bring great ideas to market. We deploy capital and leverage strategic tools to de-risk investments and accelerate time to market for the most promising emerging energy companies. 

Coalition Loop supports the people who are working hard to make their ideas real. We provide coworking space and private offices for entrepreneurs and their teams. 

Global Midwest Alliance Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide 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 and networking 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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Special guest William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will provide a few remarks on the 2019 economic outlook, a program which will be hosted by the Alliance on January 8, 2019 (register now).  

Guests will enjoy a holiday punch based on Charles Dickens' original recipe -- a sophisticated brandy-rum concoction ideal for ringing in the holiday season! 

Attendees at the reception will include civic, business and academic leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from the corporate venturing, energy, manufacturing, logistics, food, water and clean technology industry sectors. 

The cost to attend the networking reception and fundraiser is $125 per person. Space is limited. Please register on or before December 3, 2018.