April 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Looking for new customers? Take advantage of this opportunity for you to learn about doing business with NASA and their prime contractors.

Announcing a 3-part event with NASA and its prime contractors to bring new business opportunities to manufacturers in Cook County, the Chicago region, and throughout Illinois. This event is brought to you by Cook County, in partnership with NASA, IMEC, and the Illinois PTAC.

If you are a manufacturing company looking to work with NASA and its contractors, attend these sessions to learn about the essentials of doing business with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, and its prime contractors. Registration is required for each event.

This complimentary series – addressing the #1 concern of Cook County manufacturers to create new growth – provides Illinois manufacturers the opportunity to connect with large government contractors through subcontracting programs, with the potential of growing their businesses and diversifying their supply chains.

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April 14, 2021|Events|

GlobalView 2021 Part 2: Conducting Business in the United States

This webinar features a panel of experts sharing their insights on what it takes for UK businesses to conduct business in the United States.

Thu, March 25, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
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About this Event

You are invited to join us for Part 2 of our three-part GlobalView webinar series focused on conducting business globally.

Each 90-minute webinar will focus on US and UK export opportunities, as both counties have proved to be rich with opportunities and serve as gateway countries to enter other regions in the world.

Our GlobalView 2021 webinar series is brought to you through the collaboration of Wegman Hessler (US) and Aaron & Partners (UK). These two law firms are members of the International Advisory Group (IAG), a powerful network of international firms from around the world. Their legal teams are committed to counseling clients about legal and practical business strategies to maximize global transactions and expansion.

Each webinar will feature legal and accounting/financial professionals who have expertly advised companies on ways to navigate effective ways to conduct business in the US and UK.

Part 2: Conducting Business in the United States

This 90-minute webinar features a panel of experts on what it takes for UK businesses to conduct international trade, establish a distribution/sales channel, identify trade partners, or stand up an actual operation in the US.

This webinar will feature clients and advisors who will bring their unique insights and experience about what it takes and how to effectively master the opportunities and challenges of international trade with the US.

Our panel will include:

  • UK business owners conducting business in US
  • Attorneys: Corporate, Employment, and Intellectual Property
  • Accountant and Tax Professional
  • British American Chamber of Commerce
  • Team NEO Global Trade Office

When: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM (UK-GMT) / 12:00 PM (US-EST)
Where: Webinar. (Link provided when you register through EventBrite)

Our panel will be hosted by Aaron & Partners and we will have a spirited discussion on a variety of timely topics, including:

  • What UK companies should consider when evaluating the US?
  • What type of due diligence should a UK company conduct?
  • How to identify good sales partners/distributors/agents?
  • Employment issues to be mindful of when doing business in the US
  • How do you protect your company’s brand, product, trademark, and IP?
  • What is the advantage of NEO and the US for UK businesses ?
  • What are the financial and tax implications of doing business in NEO/US?
  • What should UK companies watch out for when considering the US?
  • What resources and incentives are available for UK companies?

We will also address questions that you will share during registration and others that are raised during the program.

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March 19, 2021|Events|

“Now More than Ever: Regional Collaboration During COVID and Beyond”

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to do more with less as government revenues have been reduced. Even before the pandemic though, Northeast Ohio was struggling with declining population and aging infrastructure. With current trends as of 2010, Vibrant NEO predicted that all 12 counties of Northeast Ohio would be in a worse fiscal position by 2040, with expenses exceeding revenues.

To keep this from happening, one of the four key Vibrant NEO themes is “promoting collaboration and efficiency.” Working across political boundaries can help reduce costs, stabilize budgets, and improve quality of life. During this panel discussion with four elected officials, learn how they are doing just that.

Date: Thursday, April 1
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
This is an online event.

Moderator: Michele Pomerantz, Cuyahoga County Department of Regional Collaboration Director


  • Robert A. Fiala, Mayor and Safety Director, City of Willoughby
  • Jim Hockaday, City Manager, City of Conneaut
  • Dennis Morley, Mayor and Safety Director, City of Eastlake
  • Rich Regovich, Mayor and Safety Director, City of Willowick

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March 11, 2021|Events, Partner Content|

Our special presentation on the Impact and Opportunities for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on the Aerozone District and Surrounding Regions was held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.


Register now and receive a free Economic Impact Study for Greater Cleveland and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport


Welcome and Introductions

  • Stuart Mendel, Aerozone Alliance

Special Guest and Presenter

  • Alex Sekhniashvili, International Trade Consultant


  • David Gutheil, Port of Cleveland
  • John Senese, NEOTEC
  • Robbin Thornton Hudson, Management Consultant | Leadership & DEI Coach | Philanthropy Advisor
  • Lee Weingart, LNE Group
  • Jasson McClain, Ark Transportation


  • Vince Adamus, Greater Cleveland Partnership
March 5, 2021|Events, Partner Content|

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

SBA Tools to Help You Get Through COVID-19

Raymond Graves from the SBA Cleveland District Office will be presenting information on the second round of funding for the popular Paycheck Protection program which sunset last August but was renewed by the Economic Aid Act signed into law in late December.

Businesses who participated in the last round may apply to be involved again, but the qualifications and parameters of the program are not quite the same as what they were.

First time applicants may also apply. We’ll be going over these subjects and also touching on additional resources enabled by the EAA including debt payment relief for SBA borrowers.

This Webinar Will Cover:

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (First Draw and Second Draw)
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
  • Enhanced SBA Guarantee
  • SBA Debt Relief

Learn More and Register »

February 8, 2021|Events, Partner Content|

Partner Event

NASA’s Watts on the Moon Challenge: Informational Webinar

Support NASA’s efforts to explore the solar system. This Challenge seeks solutions to distribute, store and manage power in space.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
1:00 PM EST


Challenge Background and Objectives

As NASA works to extend human exploration of the solar system, unprecedented capacity for electrical and thermal energy distribution, management, and storage will be needed to support sustained human presence and the beginning of industrial activity.

Solar energy is abundant on the lunar surface but extended night hours (350 consecutive hours) and extreme environmental temperature change from daylight to nighttime operation creates complexity for solar power use. Analogous issues arise on Earth, where demand for additional renewable energy generation, including solar, is rising, but additional power management, distribution, and energy storage solutions are needed to address intermittency and resiliency, among other issues.

In this Challenge, Teams will propose solutions for energy distribution, management, and/or storage that address NASA technology gaps and can progress toward flight readiness and future operation on the lunar surface. Such solutions may also have important synergies with terrestrial energy needs, and this Challenge is expected to help advance similar technologies for terrestrial application and commercialization.

In general, NASA is seeking to work with innovators across disciplines to find solutions that address a variety of needs on the lunar surface and will be exploring options to transport potential solutions to the Moon for testing, demonstration, and operation in the coming years.

This is a US competition only. Please review the Team Agreement for complete eligibility requirements.

January 14, 2021|Events|
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