Dear Members and Friends,
2019 has arrived and we wish you a happy New Year. To ring in 2019, we are excited to release the GACC Midwest Report #PartnerForTheMidwest . Enjoy an interesting panorama of our network, from apprenticeships in the US to the latest industry trends from both our team and members, and see what 2019 holds for you.

To get a better impression of where German business in the US is headed, join us in New York City on January 29, when we release the results of the German American Business Outlook 2019.
In case you can't make it to the East Coast, we will present a recap and panel with KPMG at our Business Luncheon in Schaumburg, IL on February 6.

To bring together our membership even further, we developed more opportunities to get involved with our work. In addition to popular regulars like the German American Business Forum or the German American Business Awards, 2019 brings exciting new projects su ch as Germany Week to the Midwest. We invite all members in good standing to our Annual Members Meeting on March 8, where we will look ahead at the coming year together and elect new members to our Board of Directors .

Have a great week and stay warm!

Your GACC Midwest Team

January Highlights
We welcome two new Platinum Sponsors for 2019: Mueller and Heidenhain .
Interested in sponsorship? Click here !
Read the new White Paper on business visitor visas by our Platinum Sponsor Fragomen i n our White Paper Library.
Our Business Luncheon Series will start off 2019 on Wednesday, February 6 at Maggiano's in Schaumburg. For this first event Mark Tomkins will give an update on the The German American Business Outlook 2019 results, followed by a panel discussion with our Chairman Peter Riehle, President and CEO of WITTENSTEIN holding Corp., and Marc Schmidt from the KPMG Chicago office, r egister now.
The Annual Members Meeting on Friday, March 8, brings together existing and new members, as well as our Board of Directors. Join us for a recap of our successful year 2018 and let us look ahead at the exciting projects and events we have planned for 2019. Make sure your company is in good standing to be eligible to vote for the new Board of Directors and registe r here to join this member exclusive networking.
Direct Marketing in Agriculture Register Now for Our Stud y Trip to
Germany, April 8-12
Locally produced food is a big, ongoing trend in Germany and America. Our Direct Marketing in Agriculture program allows farmers to discover how they can increase   cash revenue by locally adding value to their products. Take the opportunity to explore direct marketing and learn about transatlantic agricultural trade as you meet German farmers and farming associations, and benefit from direct dialogue and peer-to-peer exchanges. Early bird registration discounts by 1/25. Registrations ends 2/15.
Enjoy this episode of  The Big Pond podcast series, discussing the labor challenges US-based manufacturers are facing. Listen to executives and apprentices from  Diemasters Manufacturing WITTENSTEIN BBS Automation , and  Herrmann Ultrasonics,  who share their experiences and perspective on growing their workforce through the ICATT Apprenticeship Program , the only program in the Midwest benchmarked on the German Dual Education System. Listen to the podcast here.
Do you live #LikeABosch ? The IoT campaign of our member Bosch just went viral on social media and proved Germans do in fact have a sense of humor. Germany Week welcomes the general public to find out more about how ingenious and exciting modern Germany is. The week-long, family-friendly festival showcases everything we love about Germany: great food, drinks, the arts and innovation. Follow us on social media for updates, program and partnership options will be released soon.
Celebrate GACC Midwest's Michigan Chapter's 25th Anniversary at the popular Winter Networking on February 21. Network with fellow members and enjoy a panel about the benefits of apprenticeship programs such as the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program . Register now.
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