November 2023
Dear Members and Friends,

Apprenticeships are the name of the game when it comes to workforce development across the US. At the German American Apprenticeship Conference last week, our panels brought together apprenticeship experts and apprentices themselves to discuss their experiences, best practices, and approaches for implementing apprenticeships.

The winner of the 2023 GACC Apprenticeship Award was also announced: Krones Inc., an ICATT Network Company located in Franklin, WI. The event concluded with a graduation ceremony for this year's ICATT cohort, who started their apprenticeship journey at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and went above and beyond to earn their degrees and credentials. Congratulations to Krones Inc. and the graduates!

Last week also kicked off the Christkindlmarket in Chicago with the "'Twas the Night Before Christkindlmarket" Preview Party, including Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson. All three of our locations opened to the public on Friday, as well as our Chapter’s Denver Christkindlmarket. Take a moment and vote for our market in USA Today’s 10Best.

An important note on membership: Things are about to get bigger and better with new benefits and services added across our US-wide network.
  • National Partners will now also benefit from services offered by our locations in San Francisco and Washington, DC.
  • All members across our entire network have access to a 401(k) Multiple Employer Plan.
  • Stay tuned for new event formats coming in 2024!
  • Contact Jayson Bard with questions.

Save the dates for our upcoming German American Business Outlook (GABO) events in Illinois (February 12) and Michigan (February 13).

Finally, get your company in front of the German American business community and partner with us in 2024 - contact us today!

Best regards,

Mark Tomkins
President & CEO
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
News & Highlights
Our Chicago office is a German American business hub! We are proud to share our office with Germany Trade & InvestVDMA
FrankfurtRheinMain, and Invest in NiedersachsenDeutsche Messe joined us this year when GACC Midwest became its official representative in the US.

Our German neighbors in the building include NRW.Global Business, the Goethe-Institut Chicago and Messe Düsseldorf North America.
Congratulations to our member WITTENSTEIN North America on the expansion of their plant in Bartlett, IL, marked by a groundbreaking dig on October 31.

By fall 2024 at the latest, more than 32,300 sq ft of extra production and office space will have been created on the premises, providing ample room for future growth.

Join us for an exclusive experience inside the Timber Tent at the Christkindlmarket Chicago on December 13! Get in the holiday spirit and network with the international business community in a cozy, festive atmosphere.

Register here and watch the promo video here.
Did you know? German companies are the second-largest foreign employer in the state of Minnesota, employing 22,800 people.

The holidays are here! The Christkindlmarkets in Chicago are now open, as well as the Denver Christkindlmarket. Join us for a hot chocolate or Glühwein and pick up gifts for your friends and family today!
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