The World is Open for Your Business.
U.S. Commercial Service Services for U.S. Companies
The U.S. Commercial Service in Minnesota is your local federal government office with a global network that provides customized solutions enabling Minnesota companies to sell U.S. made products and services internationally.
Every year, the U.S. Commercial Service helps thousands of companies export goods and services worth billions of dollars. Let us help you find the best markets for your business.
Proven Trade Expertise. Our global network of trade professionals is located throughout the United States and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in nearly 80 countries. Whether you’re looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional international markets, we offer the trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy you need to connect with lucrative business opportunities. In addition, we will help you to develop trade finance and insurance strategies that align with your particular business objectives and help you complete your export transaction.
Following is a list of our general assistance areas. Our trade professionals will work with you to identify and tailor the right mix of U.S. Commercial Service capabilities to achieve your exporting goals. Please note, availability of some services may vary based on international market conditions and/or staffing. Contact your local U.S. Commercial Service trade professional or call 800-USA-TRADE for details.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
The Minnesota Trade Office has funds available to help eligible small businesses begin exporting or increase their exports, through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Eligible small businesses may apply for reimbursement of up to $5000 for certain export development activities, such as:
· Mission fees for participation in foreign trade missions
· Space rental for trade show exhibitions
· Services offered by the U.S. Commercial Service such as Gold Key Service
· Design of international marketing products or campaigns
· Translation of websites into foreign languages
More information can be found at: http://www.positivelyminnesota.com/Business/Exporting_Trade/STEP_Export_
Funds are limited, and activities must be completed by September 1, 2012. For questions, please contact Jennifer Kocs at 651-259-7488, or Jennifer.Kocs@state.mn.us.