Small Business & Entrepreneurs Workshops

Small Business & Entrepreneurs Workshop

The mission of the FACC’s Small Business Series (SBS) is to create a supportive, multi-cultural community of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and expat executives with small U.S.-based teams through interactive and collaborative meetings and workshops.

SBS events will be designed for participants to openly discuss challenges, questions, strategies, and to exchange critical knowledge, experiences and cultural perspectives in a non-judgmental environment.

The sessions will focus on pre-selected topics and will be moderated by a member of the SBS Committee. In certain cases, an expert speaker will be invited to provide additional training and information.

Come share your experience and learn from your peers!


For Who?

  • General Managers of French subsidiaries or executive employees
  • Manufacturing Reps., Agents, distributors of French products
  • Business owners sourcing products in France

(Note to service providers - This workshop format will not allow for networking. Please contact us if you think your expertise could be valuable to our audience on any of the four topics as we will introduce specialists as needed)


- Christophe Ridet, CEO Wear Moi. Entrepreneur 
- Robin Thomas, Founder/Designer Robin Thomas Design & Gallery | US Agent Maison Lévy Paris 
- Laurent Chevreau, Account Executive-Lead at Alliant Insurance Services
- Milena Faivet, Agent North America
- Bo Golovan, MBA is a Certified Coach and works with Executives and Business Owners.

·   2018 Program  

WORKSHOP #1 | Wednesday, February 7th 

Establishing your brand in the US market, from building a marketing strategy to planning your distribution channels.  

·         Brand identity

·         Price points

·         Positioning

·         Distribution channels 

>> WORKSHOP #2 | Wednesday, April 11th

Essential legal considerations, exploring international contracts and liability.  

·         Human Resources

·         Hiring contracts (local or/and expats)

·         Distribution contracts

·         Exclusivity contracts

·         Liability

·         Disclaimers

·     >> WORKSHOP #3 | Wednesday, June 6th

Developing a financial plan, from financing your first step to financing your growth. 

·         Access to financing

·         Currency

·         Import duties

·         Cost of Good Sold

·         Pricing strategy & “suggested retail price” 

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·  >>> WORKSHOP #4 | Wednesday, October 3rd

Measure your business success, from managing growth to adjusting strategies.             

·         Managing expectations after sales / Customer Service & cultural differences

·         Logistics

·         Trade shows

·         Measure your success & Make adjustments

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SEPTEMBER LAUNCH EVENT | September 21st, 2017
Our September breakfast will be an open discussion to define the format the most adapted to participants' needs and identify the issues you will be interested in, such as:
- Manage a bi-cultural team
- US distribution system
- Price point
- Product/brand positioning
- Customer service in the US...

 You do not have to be a member of FACC Chicago to participate in the SBS events. 


 Christophe Ridet: CEO & Entrepreneur, WEAR MOI

Thursday September 21st, 2017
8:30: Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am: Session
@FACC-Chicago | 205 N. Michigan, Chicago | 37th Floor


March 2nd, 2017
Experience the power of a Business Peer Group

This Small Business Series meeting is for French and American executives and owners who are launching subsidiaries of French companies in the US, entrepreneurs, owners of small businesses.

The meeting will be a highly interactive session, where participants will have the opportunity to share their business challenges and get feedback and fresh perspectives from the group.

Participants need to come prepared to share a challenge that they are dealing with, that is time sensitive and with a high impact on their business. 


Bo Golovan, MBA is a Certified Coach and works with Executives and Business Owners. Bo has been a small business owner for most of her career and has a combined 30+ years business and coaching experience.
Bo is an expert in Emotional Intelligence and helps her clients grow as leaders and grow their business. 


Thursday March 2nd , 2017
8:00: Check-in & Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 am: Session
@FACC-Chicago | 205 N. Michigan, Chicago | 37th Floor
Seating is limited / No walk-ins


Wednesday April 11th 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

"Protecting your business: from essential legal considerations, to international contracts and liability".

Entrepreneurs and start-up owners often focus their time and energy on financing the business and developing their core products and services. As their business grows, they enter into commercial contracts and hire more employees but do not necessarily see the need to focus on the legal aspects of their growing business.

Yet, a company’s livelihood can be threatened by a badly drafted contract, a poorly protected invention, or a company’s failure to comply with employment or trade laws. Come and join us for an interactive discussion on commercial contracts, employment laws and custom duties.

We will review the following subjects with a legal perspective:

  • Business (starting a business, select a status, review contracts)
  • Risk management (distribution, exclusivity, and agent contracts)
  • Custom duties
  • HR (hiring contracts and immigration status)


Anne Pansard
Business Lawyer, Partner at Kanmacher Law

Nathaniel T. Cutler 
International Business Lawyer at Thorelli & Associates

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Marc Fally
Regional Manager - Midwest at Bollore Logistics USA

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8:30 am : Check-in
9:00 am: Event starts:
         - Quick intro
         - What Legal means to you? Identifying everyone's needs
         - Specialists presentation
         - Q&A. Specialists sharing insights & advice


  What participants say:

 "This Small Business & Entrepreneur Series is a great way to identity blind spots... I'm an entrepreneur, and I don't feel lonely anymore!..."

 " This peer-sharing event gives different perspectives, it's a great way to frame challenges,... you see things differently…”


Upcoming Events

FACC-Chicago Events

< July 2018 >

FACC-Chicago Board Members

    • AbbVie
    • Alliant Mesirow
    • Bolloré Logistics
    • DLA Piper
    • DSML Executive Search, Inc.
    • Deloitte Tax, LLP
    • First American Bank
    • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
    • Gerflor
    • International Management Solutions
    • Invenergy
    • Mayer Brown LLP
    • Mazars USA LLP
    • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
    • Numalliance / Numamerica, Inc.
    • Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson
    • Savills Studley
    • ShubertCollin & Associés
    • Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
    • Square D/Schneider Electric
    • Strategic Solutions Associates
    • Thorelli & Associates

Contact us

French-American Chamber of Commerce
Chicago Chapter
205 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601 - USA
Phone: (312) 578-0444

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