Minnesota District Export Council
Working with the US Commercial Service to promote exports through business counseling, education, and community outreach.
The MN District Export Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service, is pleased to present the Gateway to Europe conference, the second of two regional International Trade Administration conferences to be held in Minneapolis in 2013!
This annual conference will bring more than 25 Senior Commercial Diplomats and U.S. international trade officials covering the European, Russian and Turkish markets. This conference is an excellent opportunity for businesses—especially small and medium size businesses—to ask questions in one-on-one consultations about selling their products and services internationally. Participants will discover how to identify new export opportunities, increase market share and competitive edge, and develop strategic relationships with those that are on the forefront of business and exporting in these key markets.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to:
• Pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with Senior Commercial Diplomats*;
• Attend keynote addresses by leaders from government and industry;
• Share and learn best practices in each country;
• Interact with public and private service providers; and
• Identify where their next, best business opportunity may be in Europe, Russia and Turkey.
* Limited appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to ensure you get appointments for your priority markets.
Countries and markets covered at Gateway to Europe include such countries/markets as:
Are you a Minnesota-based small business interested in registering for the "Access the Western Hemisphere" or "Gateway to Europe" international trade conferences?
Eligible Minnesota small businesses may qualify for a 50% discount on the Regular Conference Rate through the STEP Export Assistance for Small Business Program, funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Regular Conference Rate: $349
Early Bird Rate (Ends May 10): $299
Government and Academic Rate: $249
Gateway to Europe will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis. Special room rates of $169 + tax/night available.
Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Interested in supporting one or both regional trade conferences in 2013? A conference sponsorship or exhibitor package provides your company exposure to hundreds of exporters and internationally focused individuals and companies.
To learn how to be a part of these unique events, review the Sponsorship Opportunities page or download the Sponsorship Brochure.
Vist the conference agenda page to view the program and get updates on topics and speakers.