U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Fred Hochberg, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak hosted the day-long New Markets, New Jobs conference. These conferences are designed to connect small and medium sized businesses with resources they need to sell more of what they make in markets overseas.
The National Export Initiative Small Business Tour is designed to help achieve President Obama’s goal of doubling exports in the next five years to support the creation of several million new jobs.
American businesses still face many hurdles in getting their products to new markets: the lack of readily available information about exporting and market research; challenges in accessing export financing; and strong competition from foreign companies and governments.
“New Markets, New Jobs” will address those challenges for small and medium sized businesses in Minnesota. Conference attendees will benefit from:
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WHEN: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
WHERE: The University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
QUESTIONS: Contact Dean Matlack of the Commercial Service Minneapolis office by phone at 612-348-1638 or by email at Dean.Matlack@trade.gov