Dear Members and Friends,
As summer is coming to a close, our team is busy creating a new fall experience for you: On October 19, 2018, we invite our members for a complimentary look into how data and technology are transforming business as we know it at our Digitalization Forum . In the evening, our German American Business Awards will shine in new splendor: Experience this member highlight with a new concept at a new venue and make new, meaningful connections.

With this year's IMTS and Hannover Messe USA 2018 wrapping up, GACC Midwest is looking back to a successful week. Please scroll down to read up on our activities at the show, including our biggest German Night Reception ever, the GACC Skills conference, and the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, which saw the graduation of its first apprentices and   scored a visit by IL Governor Bruce Rauner .

We're currently working on our most important print publication of the year, the GACC Midwest Report. Under the theme of "Partner for the Midwest", it provides a unique platform to highlight your region as an investment location, to showcase your company or products, and to celebrate your involvement in the German-American business community. Browse our media kit to review your options for placing engaging advertorials and powerful ads and review previous editions .

Enjoy the read!

Your GACC Midwest Team
September Highlights 
Read our new special publications on "New Mobility" and "Industrie 4.0".
Take 3 minutes to make your voice on trade barriers heard in the World Business Outlook .
October 19: Join our Doubleheader Event Day in Chicago, IL
Digitalization Forum - Members Enjoy Free Admission
Digitalization has been transforming all industries. Our event aims to equip SMEs with the knowledge and connections they need to set their business up for success in the digital age. With speakers from Salesforce, SAP, Machinify and more, you are sure to learn from the leading experts in the field. Register now and use this industry-focused platform to promote your company .
German American Business Awards - New Venue, New Connections
Our premier event of the year is here! Connect with our members and partners from across the US at this unique event experience - a celebration of our business community, a fantastic dinner, unique networking, and a little magic! Book a table for your team and clients and make sure to review our exciting sponsorship opportunity at this high-profile night.
Advanced Manufacturing Symposium in Denver, CO , September 19
Learn more about workforce development solutions in manufacturing at the 2018 Advanced Manufacturing Symposium in Denver, CO. International executives such as Peter Riehle, President & CEO of WITTENSTEIN, will discuss how companies can implement apprenticeship programs for tomorrow's workforce. Register now.
"Navigating the US Insurance Market" - Business Luncheon, October 3
As our world becomes more and more digitized, new technologies deliver not just efficiency but also additional exposure to cyber risk. Our speakers from Allianz and Alliant Mesirow will address these risks and provide valuable insights. Register now , benefit from their knowledge, and extend your business network. We look forward to seeing you there.
Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialogue: On The Job Training in Germany, December 3-7
Our new transatlantic apprenticeship dialogue has been established to enhance the professional exchange on workforce development in the US and Germany. Join our On the Job Training trip to Germany and learn first hand about the benefits of apprenticeships and exchange best practices of current methods, exams, and training implementation with your German counterparts. Find more information and registration here.
Recap: GACC Skills Conference at IMTS
At the annual GACC Skills Conference, Peter Riehle of WITTENSTEIN and Darragh Staunton of BBS Automation agreed: Apprenticeships are key to the future success of their companies, and whether they cost $30,000 or even $50,000 per year is beside the point. Attendees learned about best practices in hiring initiatives from Washington and about German-style apprentice-ship programs in the US. Learn more about our nationwide skills efforts by signing up for our monthly Skills Update.
Recap: ICATT Apprenticeship Program Graduation Ceremony
After Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stopped by the ICATT Apprenticeship Program & Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) booth, the second highlight at IMTS was the graduation of ICATT's inaugural cohort. After three years of intensive training and college classes, these five young leaders are taking the next step in their careers. Special thanks to our supporters who made it possible to start and grow the program to 45 companies and 70 apprentices: IMA, Joyce Foundation, Harper College, US Dept. of Labor, and of course our founding companies. Join ICATT today.
Recap: German Night Reception at IMTS/Hannover Messe USA
More than 400 manufacturers and guests from around the world came together to network and discuss new partnership opportunities at our 6th German Night Reception at IMTS/Hannover Messe USA. This was our most successful German Night Reception yet - thank you to our sponsors for making the event possible, and congratulations to the winners of two tickets to the German American Business Awards.
Transatlantic Cluster Initiative: Exploring Cooperation in E-Mobility
The demand for E-Mobility solutions is opening a new landscape for the creation and adoption of ever more efficient modes of transport and infrastructure both in the US and Germany. After our German delegation shared insights surrounding E-Mobility innovation and policy with US industry leaders in Colorado and Michigan in August, we are taking a US delegation to Germany to continue the dialogue in October. See some impressions from the Midwest trip here .
Integr8: The Industry 4.0 conference in Detroit, MI, November 14
No matter what industry you serve - the Industry 4.0 revolution will affect your business. Integr8 is presented by our partner Automation Alley, Michigan's l eading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Join our partner's event to advance your knowledge of Industry 4.0.
Recommended Reads
Read the Skills Update and learn more about all things apprenticeships.
Our Talent Spotlight introduces you to high potential talents for your company.

Save the Date

Stay in the Know:


  • Congratulations to our member relayr on getting acquired by Munich Re. Read more.

  • Join the kick-off of the "Year of German-American Friendship", a celebration with lectures and exhibitions of German classic cars as part of the Deutschlandjahr Wunderbar Together.

  • Don't miss the bi-annual German Career Day in Pewaukee, WI and learn more about career opportunities in a German-American company.

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German American Chamber of Commerce ®  of the Midwest, Inc. - GACC Midwest
 Nils Schaede
 Director, Marketing & Communications
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