Dear Members and Friends,
The day after the Midterm elections, we launched our most important survey of the year - our German American Business Outlook (GABO). We encourage all German subsidiaries to take part in GABO to share your current challenges and expectations with us. Please find the short survey here .

After celebrating the 2018 German-American Business Awards last month, we honored the best apprenticeship programs at our GACCs Apprenticeship Awards. Read more about the event below.

Kicking off the holiday season, our Christkind recited a magical poem at the opening ceremony of our Christkindlmarket Preview Event. If you want to enjoy the holiday spirit and German food in our Timber House with friends, coworkers or clients reserve a table here .

Our teams have not only been busy with these events. We have been active across all industries - whether at the PJM Energy Forum , the Agricultural Initiative or the Innovation Seminars. Make sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date and check out our event calendar for upcoming opportunities to connect with us.

As the year draws to a close, we would love to hear your feedback on our events, your membership, and your interaction with our network. Email us to discuss your experience with GACC Midwest.

Have a great Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy the read!

Your GACC Midwest Team
November Highlights 
Read   the Skills Update and learn more about all things apprenticeships.
See this year's Christkindlmarket mug design and make sure to save yours!
Upcoming Events:

Business Luncheon: Advice for your 2019 Business Plan, Schaumburg, IL, December 5
Dave Nissen, Managing Partner at PKF Mueller, will share his advice on how to plan and realize business goals to control your company's future. Take advantage of PKF Mueller's consulting expertise and prepare your company for 2019. Safe your seat now and discuss your vision with our expert speaker and peers from the German-American business community. We thank PKF Mueller for sponsoring our 2018 Business Luncheon Series.
VDW Symposium: Meet German machine tool manufacturers,
Detroit, MI, December 4
At the VDW Symposium, 22 leading German machine tool manufacturers will share the diversity, technological competence, and technology solutions of the German machine tool industry. The expert presentations are followed by a networking reception where leaders and executives from the industry have ample opportunities to connect with potential business partners. We offer pre-arranged B2B meetings on the occasion of the symposium, please contact us to schedule a meeting . Register here to attend the symposium.
Recap: Roundtable Series on Direct Marketing in Agriculture
Digitalization as an opportunity to increase resource efficiency, produce higher yields, and improve sustainability in agriculture was one of the many topics discussed at our Agricultural Initiative in Germany. Besides visiting the Eurotier, the world’s leading trade show for animal production in Hannover, 20 American farmers discussed the growing disconnect between farmers and the general public with German peers, and the use of social media to change the way agriculture is viewed by the consumer.
Recap: GACC Apprenticeship Awards
On the occasion of the Apprenticeship week, t he GACCs presented their Apprenticeship Awards in Washington D.C. After an interesting panel discussion on how to close the skills gap, we honored the best and brightest apprenticeship programs as part of the Y ear of German-American Friendship . Congratulations to our 2018 winners  Brose North America, Inc.  and  WITTENSTEIN  North America!
Recap: On the Job Training 2.0
The first part of our Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialogue brought in one German company and one school for a successful peer-peer exchange of best practices in apprenticeships. Our ICATT network company WITTENSTEIN discussed best practices of their training methods and gave participants a tour through their facility. Streamwood Highschool and Triton College showcased their learning facilities, where future CNC and manufacturing students are operating. To be a part of the second part of the initiative, a delegation trip to Germany, click here .
Recap: Art and Apprenticeships at the Michigan Chapter Fall Dinner
More than 100 professionals gathered at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for the Michigan Chapter's Fall Dinner to network on November 14. Uwe Krüger, chairman of our Michigan Chapter’s board, reflected on the chapter's successful year. He highlighted the growth of our apprenticeship programs upon GACC Midwest's selection for a program management award for the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program.
Recommended Reads
We support investment in the Midwest: Our member HARTING announces a  $6 million expansion in Elgin, IL.
Our Skills team was chosen to use their skills to manage the MAT2 program in Michigan. Read more .
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  • Our board member James Bindenagel advocates for the creation of a Council for Strategic Foresight to continue an informed public debate on foreign and security policy. Read more here.

  • The DIHK published the findings of the AHK World Business Outlook. Find the results here.

  • Our member company Morgan Legal Group and Fairchild Law Offices combined practices and launched Fairchild Morgan Law, a corporate legal practice representing the combination of his practice. Learn more
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German American Chamber of Commerce ®  of the Midwest, Inc. - GACC Midwest
 Nils Schaede
 Director, Marketing & Communications
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