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Happy Holidays from the FB International Team

As the year comes to a close, it’s fitting to take time and reflect. This year at FB International was defined by our relationships. We expanded our team, convened with small business owners all across the Midwest, and had the wonderful opportunity to share our expertise with young adults who’ll soon enter the workforce. We[…]

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Workforce Development Survey – Italian Machinery

FB International is proud to announce a partnership with the Italian Trade Agency and UCIMU. We will survey manufacturers across the Midwest and contribute to the creation of advance workforce development programs. The Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership (CGMP) was a life-changing experience for me. Over the span of a few years, I visited over a[…]

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How CTA is Staying Afloat in the Rideshare and Micromobility Era: A Conversation with Steve Schlickman

From motor scooters to shared bikes and ridehailing, city dwellers now have more options than ever before to choose how they get from one point to the next. New mobility providers offer an attractive array of services and have managed to draw in more and more users every year. These new users have come at[…]

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Strengthening the aviation maintenance workforce

With more people aging out of the workforce than coming in, industries are adopting new strategies to address growing skills gaps. The aviation sector is no different. Last week, we sat down with aviation consultant Ed Glueckler to discuss workforce development in aviation maintenance. Read on for his thoughts on this industry’s labor force woes,[…]

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Discovering Tokaj: A Trip to the Storied Hungarian Wine Region

At the end of August, FB International’s partner, Rick Perry, was invited on a trip to Budapest and the Tokaj region of Hungary to learn firsthand about the history of wine-making in the region and what makes Tokaj “terroir” so special. Rick’s account of his trip is featured below as are a selection of photos[…]

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How ISTI’s STEM Challenge Creates a More Inclusive & Diverse Talent Pipeline: An Interview with Mark Harris, President and CEO

The Illinois Science and Technology Institute’s STEM Challenge is now in its sixth year. To learn more about it, we spoke with Mark Harris, president and CEO of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (the Institute, ISTI, is the C3 arm of ISTC). The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) is a 30-year old, member-driven[…]

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Food Safety & Knowledge Sharing Across Industries: An Interview with George Walker

Food is one of our basic needs. In 2015, the U.S. food retail industry was valued at $5.75 trillion (Statista) and just two years prior the USDA estimated that the average American family spends about 10% of their income on food. Since 2012, FB International has been working with George Walker, a seasoned food-industry consultant,[…]

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Hungarian Wines Proving Popular in Florida

FB International LLC has been working with New Wines of Hungary, a consortium of wines from the Tokaj region of Hungary, to help them augment their presence in the American market. Our Florida-based partner, Rick Perry, has been organizing wine tasting events in the community. Click here to read about the Crawfish Boil where Rick[…]

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E.U.-Funded Trade Mission Closes as Whirlwind Success

During the week of June 18 – June 22, ten French and Spanish companies descended on the Windy City to learn more about the American market and to explore local business-to-business collaborations based on partnerships and trade. These companies are part of the RYME+ program, a European Union-funded consortium for the internationalization of innovative small[…]

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Insights into BioScience in Lake County, IL with Expert Michael Rosen

Last month we had an extensive conversation with Michael Rosen on biotechnology, innovation clusters, the state of Illinois, and bioscience inernalization. Michael Rosen is a healthcare expert with decades of experience in international business, bioscence, and technology and research parks. Michael is Chairman of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and President of Rosen Biosciences Strategies[…]

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