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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Business Opportunities in Turkey

In 2013, Minnesota's goods exports to Turkey grew 15% to $84 million… U.S. exports for goods in 2013 were $12 billion. Services could add another one-third to each of these numbers. Exports included a variety of products, including machinery, electrical machinery, medical products, transportation equipment, food and agricultural products, plastic, wood, and much more.

This educational event will provide an overview of Turkey’s political and economic situation, identify opportunities and challenges for doing business in Turkey, and explain services offered by the American Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Tuskon (Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey) in helping to identify potential business partners and investment opportunities for U.S. companies in Turkey. The June 2015 Turkey Trade Bridge Conference in Istanbul will also be explained and promoted.

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Cost:
 $20, includes lunch.
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.
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.

Presenter:
Mark McNeil, Attorney/Principal, McNeil Global Law LLC

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:
DEED Conference Center – Minnesota Rm, 1st National Bank Bldg, Minnesota St – Ste E200 (2nd Fl. Skyway), St. Paul
Cost:
 $60, if registered by 10/24/14; $80 if registering after 10/24/14
Registration:
Register Here
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Doing Business in Peru

Please join us at "Doing Business in Peru," the latest seminar in our Latin America Series. It provides an opportunity to hear from two high level diplomats and learn about this challenging export market that offers growth opportunities for U.S. exporters. Peru has been one of the fastest growing Latin American economies for the past ten years. Since 2002, the Peruvian economy has grown an average of 6.4% per year. Consumption and private investment are the main driving forces of this growth. As the economy has grown, poverty in Peru has steadily decreased, and it is “the third-fastest growing consumer market globally, set to be a bigger economy than Chile, Colombia, or even South Africa in the long term.”

Doing business in Peru requires intimate knowledge of the local environment, including both the explicit, as well as implicit, costs of doing business in Peru. Since the start of the 21st century, Peru has undergone consistent economic growth, poverty reduction, and broad support for democracy. The U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) went into force on February 1, 2009, increasing incentives for economic and social cooperation between the two countries. This is your chance to learn how the PTPA could have a positive impact on your business.

Presenter: Agustin F. De Madalengoitia, Consul General of Peru in Chicago
Presenter:
Juan Luis Reus, Director of Trade, Tourism and Investment in Washington, DC, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location:
DEED Conference Center – Minnesota Room, 1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St., Ste. E200 (2nd Fl. Skyway), St. Paul
Cost:
 $25 if registered by 10/16/14; $35 after 10/16/14
Registration:
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Doing Business in the Dubai/Abu Dhabi Region: Gulf Market Leaders

We are pleased to announce the next seminar in our Middle East Series. This educational event will include business/geopolitical overviews, Minnesota company experiences in the UAE, cultural dimensions of doing business in the Arab world, the importance of trade shows - highlighting Arab Health, Gulf Food and ADIPEC (oil and gas), the impact of Expo 2020, and more.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are recognized as the commercial and business hub for Middle East, and beyond. The UAE is the largest Middle Eastern market for the U.S., with exports of goods to the UAE having grown from $2 billion in 2001 to $24 billion in 2013. Minnesota exports of goods to the UAE in 2013 were $116 million.  Service exports added to these numbers would add about 30% to each of these export amounts.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location:
U of MN – Carlson School of Management, 321 – 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis
Cost:
 $20 if registered by 11/18/14; $25 after 11/18/14; includes refreshments
Registration:
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