This collection of stories illustrates how access to global markets is benefiting small businesses across our Nation. Currently, around 300,000 small- and medium-sized businesses across the 50 states export goods to foreign destinations, supporting millions of American jobs through direct exports and participation in supply chains. To see more, check out the profile on the Minnesota Company Jonti-Craft and 49 other US companies by clicking the link above.
International Students Give Area an Economic Boost
From: Mankato Free Press Date: December 8, 2014
The number of international students at Minnesota State University, Mankato is at an all-time high. What is remarkable is that many of these students never even toured the school before deciding on making Mankato their new home. This increase is, in part, thanks to the efforts of organizations such as Study Minnesota, a non-profit geared towards increasing international student enrolment numbers at many of Minnesota’s universities and colleges. Study Minnesota is supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Trade Office. To read more about international students and their experience with MSU, Mankato please follow the link above.
Community Sees ISM’s New Residence Hall
From: Eden Prairie News
Community members and officials of the International School of Minnesota (ISM) recently celebrated the opening of the school’s new residence hall. David Edmiston, of the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service, alongside Laurence Reszetar, of the Minnesota Trade Office, spoke about the importance of bringing international students to Minnesota and the U.S. as a whole. David has played a large role in establishing the non-profit group “Study Minnesota” which aims to showcase Minnesota as an attractive location for international students. At this event, ISM, a founding member of Study Minnesota, was presented a certificate of appreciation for its efforts in helping promote Minnesota as an education destination for international students.
Minnesota Region Ranks 10th in Exports
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) announced new export data that shows the Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington metropolitan area’s merchandise exports increased by $3 billion – 12.9 percent between 2010 and 2011 – growing from $23.2 billion to $26.2 billion. This impressive growth has put the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) into a select group of 11 nationwide MSAs which exported at least $25 billion in merchandise exports last year.