Dear Members and Friends,
The results of the German American Business Outlook 2019 are here. Take a look and see how the current political situation affects German subsidiaries in the US and what they expect from 2019 in terms of growth and strategic priorities.

Together with our sister chambers in Atlanta, New York and San Francisco, we would like to c ongratulate our Chairman Peter Riehle, President and CEO of WITTENSTEIN North America: Peter was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German American Chambers of Commerce. We are excited for his strategic leadership of our network to support the German subsidiaries and the 'Mittelstand' in the US.

Our ICATT Apprenticeship program has been very successful in its mission to develop a skilled workforce for the US market and we're excited for further growth: The leading apprenticeship program in the Midwest for high-tech manufacturers and companies with complex technologies or logistics, just added an International Logistics & Freight Forwarding apprenticeship .

Have a great week!

Your GACC Midwest Team
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The German American Business Outlook 2019 highlighted that German subsidiaries continue their path of sustained growth. However, their concerns in the spheres of skilled workforce, visa restrictions and protectionist trade policies are increasing.

The GACC Midwest's Michigan Chapter is turning 25! Celebrate with us and join an evening of German-American business in Michigan. The evening will also feature a panel on the MAT2 Apprenticeship Program with representatives from MAT2, executives from member companies as well as apprentices.

After a successful kick-off of the Business Luncheon Series 2019 with a record attendance, we look forward to seeing many of you on March 6. L earn how your company can navigate the US health care system and improve employee benefits from Tom Hutchinson, Principle and Vice President of our member Axion RMS.

We invite you to network with our staff, our board of directors, and fellow members at the Annual Members Meeting. Join us for a recap of the past year and see what 2019 holds in store for our network. Don't forget to send in your proxy to vote in the board election if you can't make it in person.

As part of the Wunderbar Together campaign, Germany Week celebrates everything we love about Germany and brings it right to the heart of Chicago. Join us for a family-friendly 10-day festival and experience German culture through authentic food, entertainment and more.

Join us for our annual SME Forum and network with fellow German subsidiaries in the US. Mark Denzler, President & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, will provide an update from Springfield, followed by panels relevant for German SMEs in the US.
The 6th German American Business Forum (DAWT) is designed to tackle all questions German companies face when expanding to the US. Learn the ins and outs of US expansion and get access to our experienced network to enhance your US business.

Employee benefits and expectations differ vastly between the US and Germany. Do you offer employee benefits services to companies in the US?

The first webinar of this series will be on the topic of market entry for German companies in the US. Experts from Barnes and Thornburg LLC and Roedl & Partner will share their expertise in the field and provide valuable details on the dos and don'ts of market entry.

Are you interested in working in a bilingual and multicultural workplace environment? Become part of our consulting, IT, and skills teams in Chicago or Detroit, and support us in our mission to grow and strengthen German-American trade and investment.

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