Local Trade Events

The U.S. Commercial Service, along with our local international trade partners, conducts on-going conferences, seminars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade. Whether it's an executive briefing with a Commercial Service Officer from Australia or a videoconference with your distributor in Zurich, these events are designed to help U.S. exporters market locally and sell globally.

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Highlighted Events

Luncheon with His Excellency Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

The Minnesota International Center and the Economic Club of Minnesota are hosting an eventjoined by ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora to discuss the complex relations with the U.S. and mexico; including bilateral relations economic effect and economic improvement

Date: May 15th, 2014
Time:
11:30am-1:30pm
Location:
3rd Floor Main Dining Room
The Minneapolis Club
729 2nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN
Cost
: $45 MIC members/ $60 non-members
Registration:
To register, click here, or call 612-625-1662

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Latin America Series: Doing Business In Argentina

Join MTO at the latest seminar in our popular Latin America Series on Doing Business in Argentina. It provides an opportunity to learn about this challenging export market that offers growth opportunities for U.S. exporters.
The seminar will highlight best practices for doing business in Argentina, explain key process barriers for exporters, strategize possible solutions and identify available U.S. Government resources.

Date: April 25th
Time:
8:30-10:30am
Location:
DEED Conf. Ctr.-Minnesota Rm.; 1st National Bank Bldg.; 332 Minnesota Street-Suite E200 St Paul, MN
Cost:
$25 Registered, $35 walk-ins
Registration:
to register, click here

More Local Events

FACCMN's "Twin Cities & France Driving Innovation & Technology"

Join FACCMN for an evening focused on Twin Cities & France Driving Innovation & Technology and hear more about what is happening in the sixth most innovative city worldwide.

The Twin Cities' innovation and technology industry is comprised of four key sectors: Research & Development Centers, Software & IT; and Advanced Manufacturing, and Energy & Renewables.

Date: April 21, 2014
Time:
6:00p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location:
Toast Wine Bar & Café
Heritage Landing Bldg
415 N 1st St., Minneapolis
Cost:
$30
Registration:
To register, click here.

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MGTA's Seminar: "Basic Exports"

The Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA) is pleased to invite you to this seminar,  which will cover Export Compliance Basics:

     •Customers
     •Products / Classifications
     •Government Agencies
     •Documents

Date: April 24, 2014
Time:
9:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:
C.H. Robinson
14800 Charlson Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Cost:
$95 Members; $160 Non-members
Registration:
To register, click here.

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Southern Minnesota Economic Summit
This event is Southern Minnesota’s local summit for business and economic stakeholders. Come and connect with business leaders, economic experts, valuable regional resources and industry specialists. Keynote addresses will include expert economists as well as panels of business leaders with a wide range of experiences from diverse industry sectors. Breakout sessions will appeal to the seasoned business owner as well as the emerging entrepreneur.

Date: April 29-30
Time:
11am-1 pm (wed)
Location:
Verizon Wireless Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001
Cost:
Varies (see registration link)
Registration:
To register, click here __________________________________________________________________________________________

CE Marking and the EU Directives: What Applies to My Product?

If the European Union is on your radar as a new export market or you need to catch up on the latest directives in the EU, make plans to join us for this informative and productive seminar. We’ll look at a number of directives that may affect how you place your products on the EU market and how they were developed, type of products covered, exemptions, implementation, and compliance.
Speaker: Yvonne Halpaus, QNET LLC

Date: April 30th
Time:
8:30-12pm
Location
: SCSU Twin Cities Graduate Center 6401 Sycamore Ct N, Ste 100; Maple Grove, MN 55369 |
Cost:
$45 pre-registered; $65 walk-ins
Registration:
to register, click here

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East Africa Business Forum

This event will include presentations from a variety of presenters from public and private organizations, including the Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S., Her Excellency Liberata Mulamula, Land O Lakes, Cummins Inc., and more to be named. A reception will follow the Business Forum.

Date: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Time:
2-5pm(TBD)
Location:
Thompson Reuters
610 Opperman Drive
Eagan, MN 55123
Cost:
$10
Registration:
To register, click here

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NAFTA: Completing the Certificate of Origin
This information-packed seminar guides you through the basics, including how to:
~Understand the structure and classification of goods under the Harmonized System;
~Correctly apply the specific Rules of Origin and qualification process;
~Accurately determine the NAFTA preference criterion;
~Properly complete the NAFTA Certificate of Origin;
~Maintain the required records

Date: Thursday, May 8th
Time:
8:30am-2:30pm
Location:
DEED Conference Center - Minnesota Room
1st National Bank Bldg, 332 Minnesota St-Ste E200 (2nd floor skyway level), St. Paul, MN
Cost:
$45 pre-registration; $65 at the door
Registration:
to register, click here

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Finding & Motivating the Right Foreign Business Partner
Finding the right foreign business partners is essential to export success. But where and how do you start? In this seminar you will find the best ways to locate, qualify, select and motivate independent distributors / representatives.

Date: Thursday, May 15th
Time:
9am-2pm
Location:
DEED Conference Center
Minnesota Rm, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St.-Ste E200 (2nd Fl Skyway),
St. Paul, MN 55101
Cost:
$60 preregistered; $80 at the door
Registration:
To register, click here

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Opportunities in India: Changes & Challenges
More than 400 million people, a full 40 percent of the population, are projected to enter India’s middle class over the next 15 to 20 years. The dramatic growth of the Indian middle class, coupled with the “demographic dividend” of India’s growing under-35 population will be key drivers of demand for U.S. products and services in India in the years to come. Understanding and anticipating these changes will be critical for companies interested in seizing these opportunities

Date: Friday, May 16th
Time
: 8:30-10:15am
Location
: DEED Conference Center
Minnesota Rm, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St.-Ste E200 (2nd Fl Skyway),
St. Paul, MN 55101
Cost
: $20 if pre-registered, $30 at door
Registration
: To register, click here

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Minnesota Water Technology Roundtable- India’s Water Sector
Seminar on increasing demand for water resources in India, The US Commercial Service in India is partnering with MTO to bring in Margaret Hanson-Muse (Deputy Senior Commercial Officer in New Delhi) as the speaker for the day.

Date: Friday, May 16th
Time
: 11:00-1pm
Location
: DEED Conference Center
Minnesota Rm, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St.-Ste E200 (2nd Fl Skyway),
St. Paul, MN 55101
Cost
: $30
Registration
: To register, click here

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GACCOM-MN’s GALA 2014 (German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.
Enjoy an evening of fine dining, wine tasting, live music (by Patty Peterson), plus silent and live auctions.

The keynote speaker will be Mr. Peter Lefkin, Sr. Vice President, Allianz Life of North America. The guest speaker will be Mr. Achim Lameyer, Director of Passenger Sales & Long-Haul Business, Condor Airlines.

Date: Friday, May 16th
Time
: 11:00-1pm
Location
: Bloomington Sheraton (former Hotel Sofitel)
5601 W 78th St., Minneapolis, MN 55439
Cost
: See registration link
Registration
: To register, click here

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AAEI’s 93rd Annual Conference & Expo (American Ass. Of Exporters & Importers)

Date: Monday, June 16th- 18th
Time
: 8am-Wednesday June 18th
Location
: Hyatt Regency Hotel
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
Cost
:
Registration
: To register and get more info, click here