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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Local Events
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Latin America Series: Charting Growth Opportunities in Colombia

Please join us at "Charting Growth Opportunities in Colombia" the latest seminar in our Latin America Series. It provides an opportunity to learn about this emerging country that offers growth opportunities for U.S. exporters.

SPEAKER: Anne McKinney - served as the Deputy Director of AmCham Colombia since 2009. She is involved with member advocacy and supervises the delivery of business development services, among other responsibilities related to the chamber´s mission to promote trade and investment.

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 8:30 am-10:00 am
Location:
DEED Conference Center, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St. – Ste. E200 (2nd Fl., Skyway Level), St. Paul, MN
Cost:
 $25 if registered by 12/16/14; $35 after 12/16
Registration:
Register Here

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Mexico Trade Mission – Sign-up Deadline

The State of Minnesota is pleased to partner with the Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) on a multi-sector trade mission to the Mexico from March 1-6, 2015. The goal of this mission is to assist small to medium-sized companies in the Great Lakes region to export products and services to this exciting market. Click this link for a printable flyer.

To register for the mission, please fill out a Company Profile form.

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara
Cost:
 $995
Registration:
Register Here

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Export Process: An Introduction to Exporting

This seminar covers the basics of exporting, providing a broad overview that touches on fundamental export topics. Whether you are new to exporting or 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.

The Export Process is an excellent primer for those assuming new responsibilities for international activities within their firms, as well as economic development professionals and small business advisers who want a better understanding of export trade and the global economy.

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Location:
DEED Conference Center, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St. – Ste. E200 (2nd Fl., Skyway Level), St. Paul, MN
Cost:
 $60 if registered by 1/16/15; $80 after 1/16
Registration:
Register 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. You will learn:

~ Various market entry strategies;
~ Legal definitions of, and distinctions between, distributors and agents;
~ Strategies for finding distributors — and for distributors to find you;
~ Steps for selecting the right distributor;
~ Essential elements of a distributor agreement;
~ Methods for motivating and cultivating distributor loyalty.

This information-packed seminar will give you the essential tools to cultivate successful international business relationships and generate foreign sales for years to come.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Location:
DEED Conference Center, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St. – Ste. E200 (2nd Fl., Skyway Level), St. Paul, MN
Cost:
 $60 if registered by 2/16/15; $80 after 2/16
Registration:
Register Here

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Minnesota Water Technology Export Roundtable: Membranes – Latest Global Developments & Applications

For a long time, Minnesota has had a strong role in advancing membrane technology — membranes are a crucial treatment tool in water treatment settings all over the world. Among the broad range of applications, reverse osmosis membranes made in Minnesota deliver potable water in the world’s water-scarce regions. But what other roles do membranes play? What’s happening on the front lines of membrane technology development? Which technologies will be in demand in an increasingly water-stressed world?

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location:
3M Innovation Center, 2350 Minnehaha Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55119
Cost:
$30 if registered by 2/27/15; $40 after 2/27
Registration:
Register Here

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East Africa Trade Mission 2015 – Sign-up Deadline

The Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) and the Minnesota Trade Office are pleased to announce a multi-sector trade development mission to Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania being planned by CGLG for May 11-16, 2015. STEP grant funding is available for approved companies that can pay 50% of approved costs. To view a printable flyer, click here. To apply, complete this Company Profile form.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Location:
Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Cost:
$995
Registration:
Register Here

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