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

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Discover Global Markets: Healthcare and Life Sciences

Join the U.S. Commercial Service, the Minnesota District Export Council & LifeScience Alley at the premier health-focused export event of the year!

At DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Healthcare & Life Sciences you will have the opportunity to learn about global healthcare opportunities and industry atmosphere through private consultation with U.S. Commercial Service Senior Commercial Officers specializing in healthcare from 19 markets.

Whether you are new to exporting or seeking global expansion, USCS & partners offers a variety of services to help you establish and preserve an international presence including, but not limited to:

  • Identifying and gaining access to new health export markets and opportunities.
  • Foreign partner matching and vetting.
  • Obtaining resources required to succeed in foreign markets.
  • Providing a support system to compete successfully overseas in often difficult-to-navigate foreign healthcare systems.

Date: Monday, November 17-Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Location:
Radisson Blu Minneapolis
Cost:
$299 if registered by October 17, $359 if after
Registration:
Register Here

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More Local Events

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Export Process: An Introduction to Exporting 

The Minnesota Trade Office invites you to join us at one of our longest-running and most popular seminars -- "The Export Process: An Introduction to Exporting" - the core event in our Export Essentials series. It covers the basics of exporting, providing a broad overview touching on fundamental export topics. Whether new to exporting or you want to expand your global presence, this seminar provides the tools you need to help make sound decisions and chart your course to export success.

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 8:30 a.m. registration
Location
: DEED Conf. Ctr. - Minnesota Rm., 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St.-#E200 (2nd Fl, Skyway), St. Paul
Cost:
$60 if registered by 9/22/14; $80 after 9/22/14.
Registration:
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Top Three Suggestions for Selling In China

With new leadership in place and a thriving economy, global opportunities in China have never been stronger. However, emerging trends are influencing consumer and business-to-business spending. “This is the age of the entrepreneur in China,” confirms Asia Direct Resource Owner Larry Mahoney, who wants to share what he knows about how to identify the business opportunities in China while mitigating the risks.

  • Leaders’ policies are beginning to drive the country in a new direction. These new ideas will significantly impact how you approach and penetrate the market with your products or services.
  • China’s growing economy. This generates rising costs in most cities, which will impact the tier two and three cities where most opportunities are today.
  • Kicking tires on the China market. What should your company consider when looking at entering China’s current market?

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location
: Woman’s Club, 410 Oak Grove St. Minneapolisl
Cost:
$20-$60 depending on membership and student status
Registration:
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Nigeria: A Growing Market for U.S. Companies 

This Minnesota Trade Office seminar will be held at St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis and includes these presentations:

~Marketing Strategies for Nigeria; Finding Strategic Partners, Not Distributors; Observations of a Nigerian Expat -- "Segun” Oyedele, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept of Marketing and Business Law, St. Cloud State

~ Legal Issues Related to Doing Business in Nigeria: Observations of a Nigerian Expat -- Michael Essien, Essien Law Office, St. Paul

~ Experiences Selling Food Products into Nigeria and Region --
Robert Preska, Lamex Foods, Inc. Bloomington

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9 to 11 a.m., 8:30 a.m. registration
Location:
St. Mary's University-Minneapolis Campus, Brother Louis Hall-Rm. 105, 2304 Park Ave., Minneapolis
Cost:
 $20 - pre-registration is highly recommended.
Registration:
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Doing Business in Portugal: A Conversation With Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the USA

The Minnesota Trade Office, in partnership with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and Aicep Portugal Global Trade & Investment Agency, will host a business lunch featuring Nuno Brito, Portugal’s Ambassador to the United States and Rui Boavista Marques, Trade and Investment Commissioner. Portugal’s private consumption is expected to return to positive growth in 2014, following three consecutive years of year-on-year contraction. What steps should be taken to move forward and restore confidence in the Portuguese economy? How can Minnesota and Portuguese companies work together to achieve this goal? This event brings together Minnesota business representative to learn about the business opportunities with Portuguese companies. Please join us to learn more about trade and investment opportunities in Portugal with Ambassador Brito.

Presenters: Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States of America
Rui Boavista Marques, Ph.D. Trade and Investment Commissioner for North America at Aicep Portugal Global

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Location:
Minnesota Trade Office, 1st National Band Bldg., 332 Minnesota St. –Ste. E200 (2nd Fl., Skyway Level), St Paul, MN
Cost:
 Free, includes lunch. Advanced registration requested
Registration:
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Value-Added Tax: Global Refund Opportunities, Registration, and Understanding VAT Charged in Error

Value-Added Tax (VAT) may be the most common tax in the world. But each year, the vast majority of U.S. companies involved in international business throw away millions of dollars by failing to apply for VAT refunds.  Companies that participate in foreign trade shows, have international branches or sales offices, or have employees who travel around the world know that VAT taxes are a significant cost of doing business in the global marketplace.

Presenter: Lorri Hurst, TTM international

Date: Thursday October 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m.to 11:30 a.m.
Location:
Minnesota Trade Office, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St.-Ste. E200 (2nd Fl., Skyway Level), St. Paul, MN
Cost:
 $45 advance, includes light breakfast.
Registration:
Register Here
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Latin America Series: Business in Brazil 

Please join us at "Business in Brazil," the latest seminar in our Latin America Series. It provides an opportunity to learn about this challenging export market that offers growth opportunities for U.S. exporters. This latest offering in our Latin America Series highlights best practices for doing business in Brazil, explains key process barriers for exporters, strategizes possible solutions and identifies available U.S. Government resources.

Presenter:
Claudia Maria Tomaselli, MTO's Brazil Office representative.

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 8 a.m. registration
Location:
DEED Conf. Ctr. - Minnesota Rm., 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St.-#E200 (2nd Fl,, Skyway), St. Paul
Cost:
 $25 if registered by 10/16/14; $35 after 10/16/14.
Registration:
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NAFTA: Completing the Certificate of Origin 

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has eliminated virtually all tariffs and significantly increased the competitiveness of U.S. goods exported to Canada and Mexico.  To benefit, it is critical to understand the essential requirements that ensure products qualify under NAFTA and then complete the Certificate of Origin accurately. In this seminar, respected international trade expert Bonnie Anderson, WTH International Services, LLC, guides you through the basics. For details, click the event title above.

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 8 a.m. registration
Location:
DEED Conf. Ctr. - Minnesota Rm., 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St.-#E200 (2nd Fl,, Skyway), St. Paul
Cost:
 $45 if registered by 10/21/14; $65 after 10/21/14.
Registrations?
Contact Barbara Mattson, 651-259-7490; barbara.mattson@state.mn.us..

Register Here

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