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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Connecting Gateways: Finland and Minnesota

A business conference to discuss connecting Finland and Minnesota with representatives from Finnish companies, Minnesota state representatives, and panel discussions.

Date: Thursday, August 7th
Time
: 8 AM to 1:00 PM
Location
: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cost:
$50
Registration:
Register here!

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Water Technology Listening Session II

The Minnesota Trade Office is pleased to partner with the U of M Biotechnology Institute and MnDRIVE on this second Listening Session, offered as a follow-up to the April 23, 2014 event. The first session was quite popular, attracting interest beyond our allotted agenda time. Priority for presentation time at this session will be given first to companies unable to present on April 23, then to any new companies expressing interest. Companies who attended the first session are welcome to attend and network as observers. For questions contact Steve Riedel, Int'l. Trade Rep., MTO, 651-259-7494 / steve.riedel@state.mn.us

Date: Monday, August 18th
Time
: 8:30AM to 11:00 AM
Location
: Cargill Building - Conf. Rm. 115, University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus
Cost:
No Charge, but please pre-register
Registration:
Register here!

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Three St. Cloud Seminars ~ One Date ~ One Location 

#1: Going Global! St. Cloud Mainstreaming Exports (8-9:30 am; 7:30 am registration): Do you want to take your company to the next level and go global but don't know where to start? This FREE seminar is designed for businesses that are new to exporting or have never exported. E-mail your registration detail (name, title, co. name & address, phone #) to: Gloria.Henck@state.mn.us. Trouble registering, call 651-259-7487 / 7499.

#2: Doing Business in the European Union: CE Marking - Machinery & ROHS2 Directive Compliance, in Plain English (10 am-1 pm; 9:30 am registration):
This seminar assists machinery manufacturers with an overview of what's involved when they CE-mark their machinery, provides new information about reviewing declarations of conformity / incorporation from suppliers and what they need to know about the ROHS2 Directive. Fee: $45 if registered by 9/12. If wishing to register after 9/12, contact Gloria Henck, 651-259-7487 / gloria.henck@state.mn.us.
 
#3: An Export Transaction: From the Order to Out the Door (10 am-4 pm; 9:30 am registration):
How do you collect information about your product and customers so your documents are accurate and your product ships smoothly to your international customers. Using example transactions from start to finish, we'll walk through the process of identifying the information you need, what documents you need, and how to correctly complete them. Fees: $45 if registered by 9/12. If wishing to register after 9/12, contact Gloria Henck - contact info above.

For more details
, click the event title.
Contacts:
 Ed Dieter, 651-259-7481 / ed.dieter@state.mn.us; OR Jeffrey Phillips, 651-259-7493 / jeffrey.phillips@state.mn.us.

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, time shown in each event.
Location
: MTO Satellite Ofc./St Cloud State University's Welcome Ctr., 355 - 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud
Cost:
#1: Free, #2: $45, #3: $45
Registration:
Register here for Event 2 or 3


More Local Events

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 Eastern Europe & Turkey Trade Mission Sign-Up Deadline - August 29, 2014 

The Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) and Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) are pleased to announce a multi‐sector trade mission to Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland; and Istanbul, Turkey from November 1‐12, 2014. The goal of the mission is to assist small to medium-sized companies in the Great Lakes region to export products and services. STEP Grant funding is available to Minnesota companies to cover a portion (or all of) mission participation fees and/or travel costs. To view a printable flyer, click here. Click below to complete Company Profile form for submittal to staff at CGLG.

For full details on the trade mission, click on the link below
http://www.cglg.org/projects/EEUROPETURKEY2014/index.aspx

Event contacts: Zoë Munro, CGLG, zmunro@cglg.org / 312-407‐0177; or Jeffrey Phillips, MTO, jeffrey.phillips@state.mn.us / 651-259-7493.

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 MN Water Technology Export Roundtable - Canada: Shared Water, Shared Expertise 

Minnesota and Canada know a lot about water — we’re each blessed with plenty of lakes, and our shared border traces a line leading to Lake Superior, one of the Great Lakes. We also have in common an abundance of water treatment expertise, and abundance of water technology companies.

Join us on *September 16, 2014 for our next Minnesota Water Technology Export Roundtable, held in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis to learn what Canada’s water industry cluster has to offer Minnesota companies. For details, click the event title.
Program Questions?
Contact Steve Riedel, 651-259-7494; steve.riedel@state.mn.us.

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014. 11 a.m.
Location
: Offices of the Canadian Consulate in downtown Minneapolis
Cost:
$25 if registered by 6/12/14; $35 if registering after 6/12/14. Watch for more details as they become available, including an agenda, etc.
Registration:
Register Here

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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. For details, click the event title above.Program Questions? Contact Ed Dieter, 651-259-7481; ed.dieter@state.mn.us..

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:
Register Here

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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
For more details
, click the event title above.

Program Questions? Contact Paul Hansen, 651-259-7486; paul.hansen@state.mn.us..

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:
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. Guest Speaker: Claudia Maria Tomaselli, MTO's Brazil Office representative. For details, click the event title above.

Program Questions? Contact Rachel Limόn, 651-259-7492; rachel.limon@state.mn.us..

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:
Register Here

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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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Mexico Trade Mission 2015 Sign-Up Deadline - January 5, 2015 

The Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) and Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) are pleased to announce a multi‐sector trade mission to Mexico - Mexico City, Monterrey & Guadalajara - from March 1-6, 2015. The goal of the mission is to assist small to medium-sized companies in the Great Lakes region to export products and services. To view a printable flyer, click here. Click below to complete Company Profile form for submittal to staff at CGLG.

For full details on the trade mission
, click the event title and/or
http://www.cglg.org/projects/MEXICO2015/index.aspx

Event contacts:
Zoë Munro, CGLG, zmunro@cglg.org / 312-407‐0177; or Barbara Mattson, MTO, barbara.mattson@state.mn.us / 651-259-7490.

Complete the Company Profile Form to sign up

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Arab Health 2014: Global Healthcare Exhibition and Congress 

We are pleased to once again have a “Minnesota Section” in the U.S. Pavilion at Arab Health Dubai. Now in its 40th year, the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress is the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. It offers the world’s—and Minnesota’s—manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors an opportunity to meet the medical and scientific community of the Middle East and beyond..

 For details, click this flyer link.

Date:  January 26 – 29, 2015.  LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Location: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition
Centre, United Arab Emirates
Cost:
 $7,544 for a 2x3 meter “turn key” Minnesota Section booth. Airfare, hotels, meals & other costs are not included in this cost.
For more information and registration
, contact Paul Hansen, MTO, 651-259-7486 / 800-657-3858 (ask for Paul), or paul.hansen@state.mn.us.

Contact Paul Hansen if interested - see above

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