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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Where next in EU-Russia relations?

Please join the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota in a discussion about current affairs in Russia, and how the policies of Putin are affecting US relations in the Nordics, Baltics and Europe. The discussion will be led by Professor Hiski Haukkala.

SPEAKER: Professor Hiski Haukkala - a Special Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland and an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the University of Tampere. He specializes in EU's external relations, especially with Russia and the wider Eastern neighborhood.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015 8:30am-10:00am, program at 9:00am
Location:
Faegre Bakers Daniels LLP, 2200 Wells Fargo Center (22nd Floor), 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Cost:
Free. RSVP’s are requested
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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Export Tools and Strategies for Success

The Minnesota Trade Office is pleased to invite you to "Export Tools & Strategies for Success: A program to Help Increase Your Exports… or Help you Start Exporting.” In cooperation with the City of Northfield and other Southeast Minnesota collaborators, please join us on Wednesday, March 18th to learn more about the exporting process.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 1:30- 3:30 pm, registration begins at 1 pm.
Where:
Carleton College – Weitz Center #WCC 236, 320 Third Street E., Northfield, MN
Cost:
Free, but please pre-register
Registration:
Register Here.

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CE Marking: Machinery and ROHS2 Directive Compliance in Plain English

Please join the Minnesota Trade Office in a seminar which will assist machinery manufacturers with an overview of what is involved when they decide to CE-mark their machinery, provide NEW information about reviewing declarations of conformity / incorporation from suppliers and teach them what they need to know about the ROHS2 Directive.

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 8:30-11:30 a.m., registration starts at 8 a.m.
Where:
SCSU Twin Cities Graduate Center, 6401 Sycamore Ct N - Ste 100, Maple Grove, MN 55369 (at the NE corner of I-494 & Bass Lake Rd)
Cost:
$45 if registered by 3-30-15; $65 after 3-30-15 (includes handout materials, light breakfast and refreshments)
Registration:
Register Here

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Metro Export Roundtable – Fridley

The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO), in collaboration with the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, and support from the Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA), are pleased to invite you to this Metro Export Roundtable being held in Fridley on April 8th. This program is especially for businesses that are new to exporting or have never exported, but all are welcome. Attend to determine how exporting or expand your current exporting activities can be part of your future growth.

When: Wednesday – April 8, 2015, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Where:
Crooner’s Lounge (formerly the Shorewood) - 6161 Highway 65 on Moore Lake, Fridley, MN (Central Avenue exit off I-694)
Cost:
$25 for all attendees
Registration:
Contact Todd Kruse at todd@twincitiesnorth.org with your registration detail (name, title, company name & address, work #, e-mail). He will send details on payment options.

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International Trade Resources (You Shouldn’t Be Without)

Please join the Minnesota Trade Office in a seminar that will help you better identify important government organizations and the trade assistance they provide, so that you can make the government work for you.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:30am registration; seminar 9-11am
Where:
DEED Conference Center, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St.-Ste. E200 (2nd Floor Skyway level), St. Paul, MN 55101
Cost:
$25, if pre-registered by 4/20/15; or $30 after 4/20/15.
Registration:
Register Here

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NAFTA: Completing the Certificate of Origin

Please join the Minnesota Trade Office in a seminar lead by In international trade expert Bonnie Anderson, WTH International Services, LLC. She will guide you through the basics regarding the products that qualify under NAFTA and how to complete the Certificate of Origin accurately.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 8:30am to 2pm, registration starts at 8 am
Where:
DEED Conference Center-Minnesota Room.  1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 (2nd floor skyway level), St. Paul.
Cost:
$45 if registered by 5/1/15; $65 after 5/1/15; includes program materials, light breakfast and lunch.
Registration:
Register Here

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Africa Forum: Business and Political Trends in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest growing regions on the globe and is home to seven of the ten fastest growing markets in the world. The International Monetary Fund has estimated economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will be 5.6 percent in 2013 and 6.1 percent in 2014.

U.S. trade to and from Africa has tripled over the past decade and the U.S. exported $22.6 billion in goods and services to the region last year. Africa has growing populations, growing middle classes, increasingly stable governments and increasing trade among African nations. With Chinese, Indian and other groups actively investing and interacting with most, if not all, African countries, a common theme expressed by Africans is “Where are the Americans?”

Speakers Include:

  • Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of African Affairs, U.S. State Department
  • Her Excellency Oliver Wonekha, Ugandan Ambassador to the United States

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. A Reception will follow.
Where:
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School Conference Center, University of Minnesota, 301 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Cost:
$10, or $5 for students--must show a Student ID. Please pre-register to ensure being included in the catering count. The fee includes refreshments and the reception.
Registration:
Register Here

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Export Process: An Introduction to Exporting

The Minnesota Trade Office is hosting a seminar which will cover the basics of exporting and provide 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.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Registration/light breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.; program from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where:
DEED Conference Center, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota Street-Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101
Cost:
$60, if registered by 5/11/15; $80 after 5/11/15
Registration:
Register Here

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