Exporting and International Trade

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August 9 to 14, 2015

Governor Mark Dayton and a trade delegation will promote Minnesota exports and pave the way for new business development with the state's second-largest trading partner.

Learn more and apply to join the official delegation.

Application deadline is Friday, April 7, 2015.

Step Grants

Financial Assistance for Exporters

The STEP program provides up to $8,000 to qualifying Minnesota companies for export activities.

Learn more about STEP.

Expert Advice

Expert Market & Industry Advice

Thinking about exporting but don't know where in the world to start? We'll guide you every step of the way.

Learn more about how we can help.

Questions about Exporting

Trade Assistance Helpline


When you've got urgent questions, we're ready with answers and referrals.

EB5 Immigrant Investor Program

Incentives for Foreign Investors

Immigrants can receive a permanent resident visa for making business investments in Minnesota.

Learn more about the EB5 Program.

There's a world of opportunity out there ...

The Minnesota Trade Office helps turn opportunities into profits in foreign markets by providing the training and expertise that small and midsized companies need to export goods and services successfully worldwide.

Calendar of Events

Get the latest on our upcoming education seminars, workshops, and export events.

Export Counseling

Our team of trade consultants can help you address most any export-related problem.

Export Statistics

Quarterly and annual reports of the state's top export markets and industries.

Market Research

Crucial information, tools and techniques for understanding your target markets.

Export Financing

Check out our STEP grant program for small businesses and other finance options.

Business Directory

Find Minnesota companies with expertise in a host of international business services.

Invest in Minnesota

Learn about opportunities for foreign companies and investors in Minnesota.


Resources for Minnesota companies with questions about importing.

About the MTO

Contact us, learn about our staff and what we do for Minnesota companies.