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A partnership of city and suburban leaders worked with World Business Chicago to launch Metro Chicago Exports in September. The unprecedented collaboration will help small and medium enterprises capture expanding global opportunities and strengthen the region’s network of export service providers.

Chicago’s thriving tech industry continues to attract new talent and companies to the city. Access to global markets and top talent remain key reasons for growing their operations here. Balihoo and Door to Door Organics are two companies that have recently announced growth.

Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago will host the annual Chicago Consular Corps Gala: A Tribute to Our Global Partners on Monday, December 1, 2014. The gala’s international guest list includes members of the 85 foreign consulates and honorary consulates in Chicago, and keynote speaker, the Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

World Business Chicago tracks indicators from month to month to gauge the strength of several aspects of Chicago’s economy, including employment in major sectors, residential and office real estate data, price and purchasing indexes, freight demand, and auto and truck sales.

The three-day event will introduce 139 of the Midwest’s top technology and computer science students to the city’s fast-growing technology industry and bring them to one of the country’s most unique idea-generating conferences.

This year's gala to pay tribute to Chicago's global leaders December 1st 

Pilot Program Will Place at Least 1,000 Workers Over the Next Year in Open Manufacturing Jobs Providing Full-Benefits and Average Wages of more than $70,000 

Chicago is the hub of VC funding in IL, nearly $5B invested across 368 deals since 2009 comprising 59% of all deals and 61% of all dollars invested in IL.

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released August 2014 figures from its Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), which tracks job openings, hires, and separations (quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations including retirement).

With Plans to Hire 30 New Employees, Company Relocates to Larger Space

This morning, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary August 2014 unemployment rates for all Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The unemployment rate measures the percentage of the local workforce that reports itself as being out of work, information that the government collects by surveying households.

This morning, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago released August 2014 figures for its Midwest Economy Index (MEI). The MEI is a weighted average of 129 indicators designed to measure non-farm business activity in the Midwest (IL, IN, MI, WI, IA).

This morning, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) released values for its Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks the prices of existing single-family homes in 20 U.S. metro areas.

Today, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) released preliminary August 2014 unemployment rates for municipalities across the state.

Leading local marketing platform that helps national brands activate data-driven campaigns opens Chicago office

New Bridgeport warehouse to accommodate growing Chicagoland customer demand for local, organic and natural grocery deliveries

The next 15 emerging companies selected in data analytics, mobile marketing, fundraising, healthcare, real estate, sensor analytics, social analytics, travel and ed tech categories

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2013 estimates from its one-year American Community Survey (ACS), which measures economic and demographic characteristics of communities with more than 65,000 residents.

This morning, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released August 2014 figures for the Consumer Price Index, a common measure of inflation.

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