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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Going Global! St. Cloud Mainstreaming Exports 

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. 

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location
: MTO Satellite Ofc./St Cloud State University's Welcome Ctr., 355 - 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud
Cost:
Free, but you must pre-register by September 12
Registration:
E-mail name, title, phone number, company name & address to Gloria.Henck@state.mn.us or call 651-259-7497 /7499

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Doing Business in the European Union: CE Marking - Machinery & ROHS2 Directive Compliance, in Plain English

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.

Presenter: Yvonne Halpaus, QNET LLC

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location
: MTO Satellite Ofc./St Cloud State University's Welcome Ctr., 355 - 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud
Cost:
$45, includes handout materials, lunch and refreshments
Registration:
Register Here

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An Export Transaction: From the Order to Out the Door
 
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.

Presenter:
Bonnie Anderson, Trade Compliance Consultant, WTH International Services, LLC

Date
: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location
: MTO Satellite Ofc./St Cloud State University's Welcome Ctr., 355 - 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud
Cost:
$45, includes handout materials, lunch, and refreshments
Registration:
Register Here

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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.

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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Mexico Means Opportunity

Please join us for an informative presentation by ProMéxico, the agency of the Mexican government that works to attract Foreign Direct Investment; boosts the export of Mexican products and services; and supports the internationalization of Mexican companies.

Presenter: José Antonio Peral, ProMéxico Trade Commissioner in Chicago

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Location
: Fredrikson & Byron, 200 Sixth St. S, 40th Floor, Minneapolis
Cost:
$60 if registered by 9/22/14; $80 after 9/22/14.
Registration:
Register Here scroll down to event in Calendar, then click Sign –Up link at the end of the event page

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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:
Register Here

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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:
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

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.

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:
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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