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We want to help Greater Mankato businesses succeed. One way we do this is by bringing you information about resources and services and helping make the connections to help your business prosper.
Below is a list of various resources your business can access to help open doors to enhance your business’ international trade experience.
Financial Assistance Available
Businesses May Qualify for International Trade Reimbursement
First-time exporters or businesses currently doing business overseas but interested in expanding into new international markets may qualify for reimbursement of up to $500 for export-training or up to $7,500 for approved export-development activities through the STEP Export Assistance for Small Business program.
For eligibility requirements and application forms, visit: www.positivelyminnesota.com/step
Highlighted Upcoming Events
Visit Minnesota Trade Office Events Calendar for more upcoming events.
U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Their global network of trade professionals connects U.S. companies with international buyers, providing them with market intelligence, trade counseling, business match-making and advocacy/commercial diplomacy support.
International Trade Specialist
The U.S. Commercial Service’s International Trade Specialist for our region is Andrea Staebler Berton. Ms. Berton welcomes the opportunity to meet individually with your business to discuss how the service can be a resource to you. (email | 612.348.1639)
Minnesota Trade Office (MTO)
State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP) - Small businesses statewide may be eligible for financial incentives and technical assistance under a new state export initiative focused on helping companies increase sales in foreign markets and spur job growth in Minnesota.
The MTO’s international business unit helps companies obtain the information, skills, resources and contacts they need to successfully export goods and services worldwide. Click here to see their calendar of upcoming seminars, conferences and roundtables.
District Export Councils (DECs)
Leaders from the local business community, appointed by U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, provide professional advice on international business to local firms. For many more links and information on DEC’s quarterly International Networking Events, go to exportassistance.com
Country Commercial Guides (CCG)
These reports, prepared annually by U.S. Embassy staff, contain information on the business and economic situation of foreign countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business and investments. Go to the US Commercial Service’s website at export.gov and use Search site term “Country Commercial Guide” and the country you’re searching for.
Economist Intelligence Unit
EIU provides a constant flow of analysis and forecasts on more than 200 countries and six key industries to help executives make informed business decisions.
Foreign Agricultural Service
Works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace.
USA Trade Online
Source for global business opportunity leads and market/country resources.
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAA)
Up to $75,000 through a U.S. Department of Commerce program, designed for manufacturers adversely affected by imports. Specific requirements to qualify are a decrease in sales and employment, increase in competitive imports, and customer business lost to foreign competition.