skip to content
Primary navigation

Reach Global Markets

Global connections right in your own backyard, no jet lag required.

Contact the Minnesota Trade Office

Minnesota companies and brands have a solid international market presence and far global reach.

  • More than 8,100 Minnesota businesses export more than $35 billion in products and services to more than 200 foreign countries every year.
  • Our small - and medium-sized businesses represent about 87% of all exporters and 30% of exported value.

Minnesota is not only a launching pad to world markets for our companies. It is also home to many international businesses that have decided to invest, grow and thrive in our state.

  • More than 1,100 foreign-owned businesses are located statewide.
  • Representation from nearly 40 countries from around the world.
  • Almost 150,000 employees in their workforce.
  • Our three foreign trade zones and three magnet sites allow businesses to create locally and compete globally.

resource-guide-coverWhen you invest in Minnesota, we invest heavily in your success. Not just in the beginning, we're with you for the long-term. We're partners. That's our pledge, and here's how we can help:

  • Minnesota Trade Office provides technical assistance that includes a wide range of export counseling, webinars, forums and training sessions for Minnesota businesses looking to expand globally. Our 13 worldwide offices support export and promotional efforts.
  • Office of Foreign Direct Investment guides foreign companies through the advantages of expanding or relocating in Minnesota.
  • STEP grants (50% matching up to $7,500) support a range of export development activities, including participation in virtual and in-person trade shows and missions.
  • Foreign Trade Zones can help businesses reduce or eliminate duty payments and merchandise processing fees and offer other benefits; Minnesota has three FTZs – in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Duluth and International Falls.

Learn about all of Minnesota's Economic Development Programs and Services in our Resource Guide.

back to top