The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce focuses on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs utilize modern technology and connect with international companies as a way to expand their businesses and drive economic growth. By co-hosting a business delegation from Mexico City

this week, the Chamber hopes to make a significant impact in all of these areas in just four days.

The delegation of Mexico City officials and business leaders will be in Chicago from Monday, May 19 until Thursday, May 22 to explore business partnerships and strengthen economic ties between the two cities. The group includes several Mexican tech leaders, so Chicago’s growth as the tech hub of the Midwest presents some quality opportunities for both sides.

“Mexico City is looking to internationalize its tech firms, so if we do this right, Chicago could be thego-to hub for them for all of North America,” said Theresa Mintle, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “And this could be tremendous for entrepreneurs

here to link into what Mexico is doing.”

The delegation’s stay is part of Mayor Emanuel’s economic growth plan, which includes efforts to “strengthen ties with our largest trading partners and create new opportunities for businesses to thrive.” Mayor Emanuel already signed an economic partnership agreement with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera in November that bolsters the Sister Cities relationship between the two cities.

The visit is being co-hosted by the city of Chicago, World Business Chicago, and Choose Chicago.

Click here to read the Chicago Tribune story on the program.