SABC Summer Newsletter 2019
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The SABC Young Professionals Event
The SABC’s Young Professionals Event in June was held in partnership with the Swiss Club of Chicago at the Plant Chicago. It was great to learn about their concept at a fascinating tour of their facility. For more pictures of the event, please visit the SABC's photo gallery
Swiss National Day Reception
Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
at the Mid-America Club 200 E. Randolph St. 80th Floor

We are very pleased to announce that our featured speaker is his Excellency Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States.

SABC Members plus one guest:  Free of charge. Non-members: $30
Dress code: Business casual

Please join the Swiss American business and civic community in Chicago for
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with a spectacular view to celebrate Swiss National Day!

To RSVP please contact

Due to building security, RSVP in advance is mandatory by July 25th.
Note, you will be required to present your ID for building security to attend the event. Any inquiries can be directed to: (312) 860-8664  and
SABC Innovation Award

The SABC recently launched the Switzerland Innovates Initiative. This initiative aspires to promote Swiss Innovation in the Chicagoland area, through events, networking, information exchange and the well-received SABC Innovation Award that was inaugurated last year to much acclaim.
The SABC is pleased to announce a call for applications for the SABC Innovation Award 2019. 
We invite all SABC members to provide to a 150 to 250-word description (pictures and/or videos are welcome) of any innovative product or service that your organization has launched within the last 3 years that has strengthened the US-Swiss business relationship.  All entries will be submitted to the SABC Innovates Initiative committee for review and nomination.  We will be welcoming entries until October 31, 2019. The winner will be announced at the SABC Christmas Dinner on Dec. 6th, 2019.
The judging committee looks at the following criteria:
• The innovation was launched by an organization based out of the Midwest, 
  that is Swiss or US in close collaboration with a Swiss organization.
• Did the product or service meet an unmet need?
• How unique is the product or service?
• What new value has been created for the end user?
• What financial evidence or market acceptance information does the product or service have to support it?
Swiss National Day Celebration 2019 – August 3 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Swiss specialties will be offered:
Brat- and Knackwurst, various salads, breads and a variety of famous Regional Swiss cakes for dessert.

Famous lampion parade for the kids:
Moonwalk, lampion parade around 8 pm (lampions available for sale or bring your own)

American Legion Memorial Civic Center Outdoors – On the Lawn
6140 W. Dempster, Morton Grove, IL

RSVP by: Friday, July 20th, 2019
Admission: $25/member / $30 guest of member / $40 non-members / $15.00 child age 6-12, Free for children age 5 and younger More Information
The first Swiss Peer-to- Peer Conference connecting Swiss Executives and Executives of Swiss subsidiaries will kick off this October

The US economy has seen positive growth in all sectors over the last few years and as a result opportunities for Swiss companies in the US are at an all-time high. Switzerland already has a tremendously strong economic footprint in the United States being the 7th largest foreign investor and making it by far the most important destination for Swiss FDI. In order to leverage existing Swiss knowhow in the market and transform economic data into strong, and sustainable connections among the Swiss presence, the Swiss Business Hub invites all Executives of Swiss Subsidiaries in the USA to the first annual Swiss Peer-to-Peer Conference 2019 in Chicago.

This conference aims to foster meaningful conversations and connections across industries and to strengthen the Swiss-American business network in the USA through lightning talks, workshops with experts, sessions to encourage sharing of resources and last but not least, a networking reception in the evening. The focus lies in Swiss branding, innovation, collaborative solutions, site location/economic incentives and workforce solutions. Participants can expect top-notch speakers, including the new Swiss Consular General for Chicago, Jason Hickey (President of Hickey and Associates) and Marco Casanova (Founder of Branding Institute Bern and Lecturer at the University of Bern) and a Special guest speaker.

To purchase your ticket, please go to:

For more information, visit the Peer-to-Peer website or contact the Swiss Business Hub at

The Swiss Business Hub USA is the New York-based representative of the official international trade and investment promotion agency Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE). Part of the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and with offices in San Francisco, Atlanta and Boston (Cambridge), it is responsible for implementing Swiss export strategies in the US and for promoting Switzerland as a business location. For more information click here.

Bots Dish Out Damage at National Competition 
BIG KAISER’s President & CEO, Chris Kaiser, showed his support at the national competition of the National Robotics League (NRL) last month. Altogether 58 teams from seven states came together at California University of PA for the annual event. Ultimately the Bedford High School team dominated to take the honor of 2019 NRL Grand Champions. 

According to the NRL, the national competition is where student teams use their creativity and engineering skills to create “… the ultimate robot that dishes out the most damage while being able to withstand destruction.” By designing and building their own remote-controlled Bots for competition, students put science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to the test. 

As a member of the Workforce Development Team of NTMA, Chris was assigned to review the engineering documentation and Bot designs and interview the kids. The NTMA Technology Team confirmed the winners. “It was a great and educational event for all involved, and another chance for us to promote manufacturing careers to young people,” Chris said. Find out how you can get support the future of manufacturing by becoming a mentor, volunteer or starting a local Bot-building team at

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Taking time out the right way
Switzerland’s Alpine huts offer peace and authenticity amidst the untouched natural mountain world. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and allow yourself some time to relax while surrounded by Alpine meadows and peaks. Be inspired by one of our Alpine hut recommendations and take time out from everyday life. Ten gems of tranquility
As an integrated professional services firm, Rödl & Partner is active at 111 wholly owned locations in 50 countries. Rödl & Partner USA has specifically tailored our accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting services to the unique needs of your foreign owned business in the United States of America. For more than 40 years our core practice has been serving the accounting and tax needs of primarily German speaking and other foreign owned “Mittelstand” companies operating in the U.S. As the preferred accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting professional services firm of German speaking entities, you will benefit from the extensive experience of our U.S. certified public accountants as well as our bilingual staff of professionals, many whom also carry international certifications (StB, WP, CA). Whether you are just starting up in the U.S. market or you have an established presence here, our services are designed to efficiently assist you in dealing with the often complex matters facing today’s foreign owned business operating in the U.S. Our approach is simple, it is designed with your needs and expectations in mind, with a single point of contact and a professional team formed around your professional services and language expectations.
Engel & Völkers Chicago is thrilled to welcome real estate advisor Andreas Holder to our team.
Based out of Hamburg, Germany, Engel & Völkers is a boutique luxury real estate company that operates a global network of 10,000 advisors in more than 30 countries who are committed to providing the highest level of service for our clients, regardless of price point.
As a native of Switzerland and as a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee, Andreas is part of a network of international real estate agents and specializes in serving French and German speaking clients.
Andreas comes from a background in hospitality and luxury condominium property management, and has a deep-rooted commitment to exceeding client expectations. In addition to providing excellent service, Andreas is an expert in the Chicago condominium market, with a passion for several high-end buildings in the Gold Coast, Magnificent Mile, Streeterville, River North, and Lincoln Park.
His values perfectly align with Engel & Völkers’ core values of competence, exclusivity, and passion. We are honored to have an advisor of his caliber and expertise as a member of our growing team.

More information: 
Andreas Holder
Engel & Völkers Chicago
EROWA Technology, based in Arlington Heights, IL., is a full service supplier of palletization and automation systems for the North American manufacturing market. Our goal is to provide complete turnkey solutions for precision parts handling through most any group of manufacturing processes (from one type of machine to the next). We are capable of providing a simple manual palletization system or a fully integrated, custom designed workholding and automation system to meet the current needs and expectations of our customers.

In the market segments of precision mechanics, tool- and mold-making, as well as chip-cutting production, we offer concepts and products that provide customers with considerable optimization possibilities throughout the whole range of machining processes. Primarily, we achieve this through comprehensive knowledge of the application of our products, through individual and customized consultation, and through the use of our Flexible Manufacturing Concept (FMC), which cover the following four areas:

- Standardization (tooling system, tooling technology)
- Organization (setting-up, presetting and measuring technologies)
- Automation (loading/unloading technologies)
- Integration (process sequence, process control and planning technologies)

EROWA Technology, Inc.
2535 S. Clearbrook Dr.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005