Here is what Minnesota businesses are saying about the U.S. Commercial Service

Horton, Inc

“The Commercial Service has been a great partner as we’ve worked to expand internationally over the past year. We have used a number of the services and have found them to be valuable and supportive of our goals. The people we have worked with here and overseas have been both knowledgeable and responsive. I look forward to working with the Commercial Service in Minnesota, and worldwide on global projects to help us achieve our 2012 revenue and strategic objectives.”

Michel Locquegnies
Director, International Sales & Business Development
Horton, Inc. St. Paul, MN

CytoMedical Design Group LLC

“We’ve had exceptional service from the U.S. Commercial Service in Minnesota by providing our company with critical background information on potential distributors for our products in various geographies.  In addition, the personal attention to our company and providing us with appropriate contacts for potential financial support, exportation, guidance on geographical cultures and the dynamics of moving into these global markets has been extremely helpful.  The customer service, follow up and dedication to helping small businesses in Minnesota ascertain both financial and business growth support are critical and have been effective in ensuring corporate viability and job retention in Minnesota.”

Carol Buchert
President and Co-Founder
CytoMedical Design Group LLC


Milltronics, a machine and process control equipment manufacturer in Waconia, MN, met with the CS Minneapolis office about the collection of monies owed to it by a Chilean business partner. CS Minneapolis and Santiago, Chile, worked to provide best-practices guidance for methods of payment and business contracts in Chile, ensured correct legal procedures were understood, and helped clarify the letter of credit payment process. With this assistance, Milltronics moved forward and reported receiving the outstanding $400,000 payment.

Paragon Store Fixtures

Paragon Store Fixtures of Big Lakes, turns out display cases for retail establishments. A new-to-export company, it asked the CS Minneapolis office for help in determining manufacturing specifications for the Finnish Maritime Association (FMA), and completing export documentation for a potential sale to that country. Through CS Finland, Paragon was introduced to FMA which provided the necessary manufacturing compliance requirements. With this help, Paragon exported over $100,000 worth of display fixtures to a Finnish boat manufacturer.