The U.S. Commercial Service is the lead trade promotion agency of the U.S. government. It has trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries to help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.
Engaging with the U.S. Commercial Service
The U. S. Commercial Service (USCS) is part of the International Trade Administration, U. S. Department of Commerce. They have offices throughout the country and in over 120 foreign consulates and embassies. There are two U.S. Commercial Service offices in Illinois, one in Chicago, and one in Peoria. (staff listed below)
They can help you develop and implement an effective export strategy, and identify solid leads for potential foreign buyers, distributors, joint venture partners, and licensees from both private and public sources. You can call them for help with your international trade questions! They are dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized Illinois companies to increase international sales. On a daily basis, USCS Trade Specialists work with exporters to optimize their global operations. They can help you with:
- Research new international markets
- Promote your product or service at trade events around the world
- Locate qualified international buyers and distributors
- Receive help through every step of the export process
For more information on how they can help your company succeed in the global marketplace, please visit our services page. To learn first-hand how we can help your company grow internationally, click below, fill out the form and a trade specialist will contact you.
- For a pdf flyer on USCS services click here.
- For an article about the USCS click here.
- For official information on USCS services click here.
We are grateful to the U.S. Commercial Service for their generous sponsorship of the Export-U website for more than a decade.
Commercial Service – Chicago
77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60604
Hovan Asdourian, Director
Dan Kim, International Trade Specialist
Industry Portfolio: Advanced Manufacturing; Machinery; Chemicals/Plastics; Transportation Equipment/Services: Automotive, Railroad, Marine
Geographic Coverage: Asia
Haley Milan, International Trade Specialist
Industry Portfolio: Agribusiness; Food & Beverage; Packaging & Processing Equipment, Education & Training Services
Geographic Coverage: Canada & Mexico
Andrey Piroozgar, International Trade Specialist
Industry Portfolio: Information & Communications Technology; eCommerce; Safety & Security; Aerospace & Defense Equipment; Consumer Goods
Geographic Coverage: Europe
Bailey Rowell, International Trade Specialist
Industry Portfolio: Environmental Technologies; Energy; Travel & Tourism
Geographic Coverage: Africa & Middle East
Monica Toporkiewicz, International Trade Specialist
Industry Portfolio: Healthcare Technologies & Services; Architecture/Engineering Services; Construction Equipment & Building Products
Geographic Services: Central & South America
Commercial Service – Peoria (Downstate Illinois)
Elizabeth Ahern, Director
Industries: All industries in central/southern Illinois (south of I-80)
Commercial Service – Rockford (Northwest Illinois)
Adam Shanks, Director
Industries: All industries in northwestern Illinois
Export-Import (EXIM) Bank – Partner
Michael Howard, Managing Director – Central Region
Ursula M. Wegrzynowicz, Regional Director
Small Business Administration (SBA) – Partner
Gayle Roenbaugh, Export & Trade Finance Manager