About the French-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago
Founded in 1978, the French-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago is an independent, non-profit, member-driven organization whose mission is to foster a thriving economic relationship between the United States and France and to welcome and support French businesses and entrepreneurs in the Chicago region.
Though our events and programs the FACC Chicago creates opportunities for our members to network, connect, collaborate and learn from one another. The FACC also provides a range of trade services to our local members and to French companies seeking to develop their business in the Chicago region.
FACC Chicago is one of twenty U.S. chapters of the French- American Chamber of Commerce, representing more than 5,000 member companies nationwide in all major industries.
FACC Chicago is also a member of CCI France International, an international network of 113 French Foreign Chambers of Commerce that spans 83 countries and represents over 30,000 members worldwide.
With close to 40 events each year, FACC Chicago is the main professional forum and resource for French business leaders in the Chicago area and for U.S. companies in our region doing business in and with France.FACC Chicago is funded solely through membership dues, event revenue and commercial services.
FACC Chicago members include over 200 businesses and individuals from a range of industries.
The top sectors, representing close to 60% of our membership, are manufacturing and logistics, legal and consulting services, and the food and beverage industry.
About 40% of FACC Chicago’s corporate members are French companies, and 60% U.S. or other foreign companies.
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Programs & Events
FACC Chicago organizes a variety of networking and learning opportunities for the local French-American business community. The networking events include monthly lunches, gatherings with the Chicago consortium of European Chambers of Commerce, Passport to France (our annual showcase of French cuisine) and our annual Nuit des Etoiles gala. The objectives of these events are to facilitate interaction among our members, foster fruitful cross-cultural business relationships, and give our members an opportunity to promote their companies.
We also host bi-monthly professional workshops that address timely topics and issues relevant to all industries through a bi-cultural lens. With these workshops FACC Chicago seeks to showcase our members’ expertise, foster cross-sector conversations and learning opportunities, and bring a unique French-American perspective to the issues that affect our local business community.
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FACC Chicago offers a range of customizable trade and support services for companies whether they are well established in the region, newly arrived or still in the exploration phase. Those services include: office hosting, job search and recruitment assistance, mentoring, prospect research, visa services and e-commerce development.
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About Key Partnerships
In order to advance our mission and enhance our ability to serve our members, FACC Chicago collaborates with a number of local organizations and institutions that pursue similar goals of strengthening international economic investment and cross-cultural trade relations.
Our key partners include: higher education institutions, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Opportunity, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, World Business Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Consulate General of France, Business France, the other Chicago-based European chambers of commerce, and the large community of French and Francophile-serving organizations in Chicago.
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