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Why We Go on Trade Missions

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: exports, small businesses, trade mission

When a Minnesota delegation heads off to a foreign market on a governor’s trade mission, the participants can have very different motivations for going on the trip and very different things they hope to accomplish in the target market.

So, who goes – and why?


Four Billion Reasons to Visit Mexico

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 3:16 PM
Tags: exports, small businesses, trade mission

This week, Gov. Mark Dayton is leading a 36-delegate trade mission to Mexico. The delegation – which includes representatives from business, agriculture and education – will travel with the governor to Mexico City and Guadalajara.


America's Top State for Business - Workforce

Posted on August 05, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Workforce was the most heavily weighted category in CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business” 2015 ranking. That’s good for Minnesota, since it highlights one of our strongest assets – our people.


America’s Top State for Business – Business Friendliness

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Minnesota punches above its weight when it comes to major corporations, with 17 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the state, including powerhouses like 3M, General Mills, Target and U.S. Bancorp. The success of those homegrown businesses says a lot about the business climate of the state. Minnesota has business-friendly policies and programs that make it possible for companies to not only survive but thrive here.


America's Top State For Business - Quality of Life

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Outstanding quality of life is a key reason CNBC named Minnesota as “America’s Top State for Business 2015” in June.


America’s Top State for Business – Infrastructure

Posted on July 09, 2015 at 9:07 AM

Structural assets that help move people and goods – roads, bridges, airports, shipping facilities and mass transportation – contribute greatly to the success of any state. They’re all grouped under that not-so-cuddly topic called infrastructure.


America’s Top State for Business – Economy

Posted on July 08, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Minnesota has been booming since the end of the recession, adding nearly 200,000 jobs in the past four years alone and boasting one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 3.8 percent. Total jobs in the state went above 3 million in the past year for the first time ever.


America’s Top State for Business – Education

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 2:51 PM

It hardly came as a surprise that Minnesota ranked high in education when CNBC crowned the state “America’s Top State for Business 2015” last week.


CNBC Names Minnesota Top State For Business

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 10:12 AM

In its 2015 ranking of “America’s Top States for Business,” Minnesota claimed the top spot - moving the state up from sixth place in 2014.

Duluth greets foreign journalists

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: exports, jobs

Amy Hyun, correspondent for the Korea Times based in Chicago, is attracted to stories about the U.S. economy and connections between Minnesota and Korea. Soichi Inai, U.S. correspondent for the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, and Kenichiro Miyaki, U.S. correspondent for the Japanese wire service Jiji Press, are looking for the Minnesota-Japan connection.


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