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German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. (GACCoM)
June 2011 Issue
In This Issue
GACCoM's Greetings
Events In July
Save The Date
Chicago Hamburg Business Forum
WI Chapter 10 Year Anniversary
Delegation Visit from Thuringia
GACCoM Event Services
New Members
Member News
Last But Not Least...

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GACCoM Looks Back on Exciting Times!  
In the past few weeks, GACCoM has  experienced the opposite of the proverbial "Sommerloch" - the period when politics slow down over the summer break. Instead, a number of our events caught the attention of the highest political levels and we were excited about many great opportunities to leverage the importance of German-American business in our region. Please enjoy this little review we have prepared for you and browse our picture gallery online.
Events in July    
Save The Date

The second half of the year will be no less "eventful" - as those of you who attended Monday's boat cruise already know: We answered the question What is "Germany's Best"? The team of the Christkindlmarket Chicago will bring the best modern and traditional Germany has to offer to Navy Pier for "Germany's Best & Oktoberfest" from September 23-October 10, 2011. Find all information at      


More to Mark on your Calendar:  


For a complete line-up of fall events, keep an eye out  for our fall sneak peek coming soon!   


Please also visit  for video footage from our recent Solar Energy Business Conference in Denver, CO. 


Your GACCoM -Team



Chicago Hamburg Business Forum 

The new mayor of the City of Chicago, extended a warm welcome to the delegation from Chicago's Sister City Hamburg: "With its thriving and environmentally sustainable economy Hamburg is a global leader and I look forward to working with you to spur economic development and foster innovation in both cities," Rahm Emanuel said. This was the first international business delegation Emanuel personally welcomed since taking office in May.

he Chicago Hamburg Business Forum "Green Technology: Cooperation Perspectives for the Midwest and Northern Germany" brought over 120 business and policy experts from both sides of the Atlantic to downtown Chicago.

The forum was created to explore opportunities for growth and employment at the crossroads of business and sustainability. Simone Pohl, President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest in Chicago, emphasized: "The ultimate goal of our Sister City partnership is to benefit Chicago's and Hamburg's citizens. As the official representative of German business in the United States, we look to further foster the already successful Sister City partnership on the economic level."   

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Wisconsin Chapter 10 Year Anniversary


GACCoM's Wisconsin Chapter was honored to have Governor Scott Walker attend the festivities

GACCoM and its Chapter were delighted that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker accepted the invitation to address over 70 distinguished guests at the Grohmann Museum in Milwaukee   

"It is a pleasure to congratulate the Wisconsin Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest on its 10 year anniversary and to meet with the German American business community.  The significant ties between Germany and Wisconsin, from ancestry to sister city and state relationships, and especially with respect to trade and investment, reflect the importance of building on these relationships to further strengthen investment and job creation", Walker said.
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Thuringia's Business and Political Leadership Visits the Midwest 

From "Autoland Th�ringen" to the motor city - Thuringia's

Minister-President Lieberknecht, Daniel M. Akerson, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, and Economics Minister Mathias Machnig (�

Minister-President, Christine Lieberknecht, visited Detroit amongst other Midwest locations accompanied by a large business delegation including the state's Economics Minister, Mathias Machnig. GACCoM's task was to connect the visitors to the local German and American business community. We organized networking opportunities at an eMobility and Advanced Materials Workshop in Detroit, a VIP networking dinner, as well as one-on-one partnering meetings for the German delegation companies with US peers.

The Minister-President's busy schedule also included a meeting with Daniel Akerson Chairmann and CEO of General Motors, in which they discussed a variety of topics ranging from green mobility and alternative fuel concepts. Akerson praised the work of Opel's plant in Eisennach which he called the best of all GM facilities according the internal rankings.

Besides plenty of business, Lieberknecht also promoted Thuringia as a travel location, especially as part of the "Lutherland" where major sites of the Lutheran Reformation can be visited.

During the course of the trip, Lieberknecht was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.

Do you Enjoy GACCoM Events? Let us Organize One for you!  

Hosting over 90 events and programs annually, GACCoM knows that great organization is the key to a successful event. A flawless event provides the perfect platform for your corporate message. From smaller workshops, two day summits, to our annual MERLIN Awards Gala, GACCoM covers many event formats and industry focuses. Here at GACCoM, we would like to share our expertise with you and would like to offer our wide range of event services to you. So let the experienced GACCoM Events Team organize your next sales congress, workshop, open house, or reception. GACCoM may also entertain your international visitors by organizing guided tours and attractions in the Chicagoland area. Depending on your needs, our team can assist you with various services from finding the perfect event space, catering selection, RSVP handling, program management, and much more.

For more information and references, please contact Anna Cournoyer, Manager, Events & Membership, at (312) 494-2176 or   

We look forward to making your event a great success!

GACCoM Welcomes New Members 

004 Technologies USA, Inc.

Foreign Trade

Prime Meridian Insurance Group, Ltd.

B&W International GmbH

Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP

Probat Burns, Inc.   

Bare Bones Marketing

IHK Lippe zu Detmold

Quarles & Brady LLP

Business Colorado International School


Rogers Consulting

Commerzbank AG, New York Branch

Magna CarTopSystems

Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF)

Dero Bike Rack Company

Mercedes-Benz Club of North America

Sterrett Financial Strategies, Inc.

DSML Executive Search

Neis Insurance

Trust Risk Control, Inc.

Emergent Global

PM Firefighters Project Management, LLC

Ungaretti & Harris LP

E-T-A Circuit Breakers


Vossloh Fastening Systems

Fairpointe Capital

Polsinelli Shughart, PC


Member News  

Hegele Logistic, LLC has moved to a new facility:
855 N. Wood Dale Road, Suite A
Wood Dale, IL 60191
Phone:(847) 690-0430
Fax:     (630) 354-6840

Last But Not Least...
If you have comments or suggestions, please contact our Director, Membership and Chamber Development, Jayne Riemer-Chishty, at

or call 312-494-2169. We value your opinion!


Please visit our website for more information and pictures from recent GACCoM events.

Best regards,

Your GACCoM Team


German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. - GACCoM

321 North Clark Street, Suite 1425 | Chicago, Illinois 60654-4714
Tel.: (312) 644 2662 | Fax : (312) 644-0738 


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