Attending SXSW 2018? Here’s a Musical Showcase You Should Visit

Last spring we wrote about five Hungarian companies attending the South by Southwest shows in Austin, Texas. Companies with innovative technologies like 3D visualization systems and a platform for real-time media annotation showcased their software to 421,900 attendees of SXSW. This year, the first Hungarian music showcase will be taking place at SXSW on March[…]

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Hungarian “Tokaji” Wines Soon to be Available in Illinois and Chicago

We are pleased to announce that consumers will soon be able to purchase premium wines from the Tokaji region of Hungary in the state of Illinois. Terra Selections Inc. is now the official Illinois distributor of wines from New Wines of Hungary, a consortium of high-quality wineries from the Tokaji region. Since 2016 we have[…]

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Candy for Thought

I had the chance to speak with Bernie Pacyniak, the Editor-in-Chief of Candy Industry, a publication focused on the B2B candy and confectionery market. I asked Bernie about some of the opportunities and challenges companies in the candy industry would face, with a focus on Chicago and manufacturers from Europe coming to the U.S. Is[…]

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3 Trends We See in Western Europe’s ICT Market

The European Union is Not Happy With “GAFA” – Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple Municipal governments in the United States are submitting proposals offering billions of dollars of incentives to bring Amazon’s headquarters to their city, but the E.U. is less enthusiastic about “GAFA” companies. According to EU Observer, finance ministers from France, Germany, Italy, and[…]

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Dissecting Digital Manufacturing at UI Labs

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute has been on our radar for quite some time. And it’s no accident – DMDII (a public-private partnership) is working to answer questions that the manufacturing industry is struggling with. We visited DMDII at UI Labs for their “Digital Disruption Workshop” event. This event and workshop focused on how changes and[…]

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Sign Up Now: Opportunities to Collaborate with European Companies

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2018 RYME+ program, a unique opportunity for companies from the United States to connect and explore collaborations with companies from Europe. RYME+ is a European Union-funded international business program that supports the global business development of small and medium-sized companies from Spain, France, and Portugal. Through[…]

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Debriefing Chicago’s Food Processing Trade Show

A few months ago I wrote about building my experience in international business through working with manufacturers, meeting executives, and attending trade shows. Since the beginning of the summer I’ve attended multiple conferences and shows. Our company attends several trade shows a year on behalf of our clients and to build our connections. Because we[…]

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This Summer: Enroll in a Nationwide Export Sales Program!

ExporTech is a summer program that helps companies create a custom export plan. The program is offered nationally by “National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. Department of Commerce”. Only 6-8 companies can enter, so if you see a need for your company[…]

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Understanding the Role of an International Business Development Executive (Part 2)

This is Part 2/2 of our series on the role of International Business Development executives. For Part 1, click here. Defining a business model We recently met a company in the flower business. The company has developed a substance that makes certain plants and flowers glow in the dark in assorted colors. They did some[…]

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Understanding the Role of an International Business Development Executive (Part 1)

“What is the role of an International Business Development executive?” I found myself thinking about this question while working on a project that involved researching senior leadership in large companies. I had trouble answering the question, because I’ve always thought of Business Development as essentially the same function as Sales. Several of my friends who[…]

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