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By Curt Cultice, Senior Communications Specialist, and Jennifer Stone Marshall, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service. (originally published in Tradeology, the official blog of the ITA:


Many U.S companies—particularly small and medium-sized businesses—don’t export because they believe it’s too burdensome, or don’t know where to start. How about your company? Are you leaving money on the table by not selling to the 95 percent of world consumers who live outside of the United States?

We can help you find the right export market. The internet, improved logistics options, and the array of available export assistance through the U.S. Commercial Service and federal, state and local partners, has made exporting more viable for even the smallest businesses.

Successful exporting is highly dependent on developing an export plan, or “roadmap.” Many companies begin export activities haphazardly, without carefully screening markets or options for market entry. Without an export plan, the chances of making a costly mistake increases, and better export opportunities are often overlooked. This in turn, can cost your company valuable time, resources and customers.

So, where to start? The U.S. Commercial Service has developed a series of video shorts covering 20 high-profile market destinations. For more information, contact the U.S. Commercial Service in Minnesota!

Join Global Minnesota and  MN District Export Council, on December 5, as we review a historic year of the NAFTA renegotations and its impact on global relations. Tab A. Borden, Consul & Trade Commissioner, Investment, from the Consulate General of Canada, will share his perspectives on the continuing discussions and where he believes the negotiations are heading as we enter 2018. Consul Borden will also touch on a few key challenges and what U.S. and Canadian companies might consider as they move forward with trade relationships.

December 5, 5:30 pm
Crave Downtown
825 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Cost: $30 (includes 1 beverage and appetizers)

Consul Borden began his career in commercial and trade finance working with international banks based in Atlantic Canada. In the mid 1990’s he joined the Province of Nova Scotia working for the Department of Economic Development (life sciences sector) and then the Department of Environment as Executive Director of Trade and Technology Development. In 2001, Borden joined the Canadian federal government working for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and in 2003 joining Global Affairs Canada as Manager of the Canadian Trade Office in Princeton in New Jersey. In 2008 he was appointed as Head of Office for the Canadian Consulate in Silicon Valley. From 2012 to 2017 Tab served as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Relations for Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.

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Join George Martin and Yiquang Li, from Faegre Baker Daniels, as they discuss China’s current strategy for expanding its global footprint and the country’s continuing efforts to encourage foreign investment.  Learn more about China’s ambitious Belt & Road Initiative (“BRI”), in which one trillion dollars is expected to be invested in BRI regions over ten years.  Also, look inside the booming Chinese e-commerce business that is leading to revolutionary changes in its own society and also those of other emerging markets.
When:   Tuesday, October 10 @ 5:30 PM
Where:  Brits Pub, 1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Cost:     $30.00
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About the Speakers
For more than 28 years, George Martin has dedicated his practice to assisting U.S. multinational businesses with their international mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, with a special focus on China.  George has handled transactions and investigations in more than 40 countries, with an expertise in emerging markets, having lived and practiced law in China and Eastern Europe for five years. He is recognized in the Guide to Leading Practitioners: China as one of the pre-eminent practitioners with expertise in mergers and acquisitions involving China. 
Yiquang Li (“Lee”) is a leading Chinese lawyer with a dual U.S. law degree, and is one of the few dually qualified Chinese lawyers who returned to China in the mid-1990s to help international firms facilitate foreign investment into China for their multinational clients. Lee advises companies conducting business in China on a wide range of transactional, operational and compliance matters.
This event is offered in partnership with GREATER MSP, Midwest Global Trade Association, the Minnesota District Export Council, the Minnesota Trade Office, and U.S. Commercial Service.

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