New Markets, New Jobs: Minneapolis, MN

The National Export Initiative Small Business Tour –February 17, 2011

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:

  • Remarks from senior officials from the Obama Administration.
  • Trade resource panels on key export topics including the spectrum of federal resources that can help businesses begin exporting or expand their exports.
  • Materials and resources to guide Minnesota companies in the process of selling their products to consumers all over the world; and
  • Lessons learned from area businesses who have succeeded in utilizing federal resources to expand into new markets and grow their businesses.

View the agenda for Minneapolis

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