Partner Agencies and Groups

The Minnesota Trade Office collaborates with many local, national and international organizations to leverage international connections and resources for Minnesota businesses and to enhance the state’s overall international image.

Gov't Agencies

U.S. Commercial Service – Minneapolis

Butler Building, Suite 210-C 
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-348-1638 
Fax: 612-348-1650 

The U.S. Commercial Service – Minneapolis Office is the local office of the U.S Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. The U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists in provide a variety of export assistance services.


U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of International Trade

100 North Sixth Street 210-C Butler Square
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-348-1642 
Fax: 612-348-1650  

The mission of SBA's Office of International Trade is to enhance the ability of small businesses to compete in the global marketplace; facilitate access to capital to support international trade; ensure that the interests of small business are considered and reflected in trade negotiations; and support and contribute to the U.S. Government's international agenda.

United States Trade and Development Agency

1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209
703-875-4357

An independent foreign assistance agency of the federal government, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create jobs in the United States through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture - Marketing Services Division

625 Robert Street North 
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155-2538
Phone: 651-201-6000 

The Agriculture Marketing Services (AMS) Division works to discover and develop potential markets for Minnesota's farmers and agribusinesses. AMS international trade experts assess prospective global markets and aggressively pursue them. AMS staff provides assistance to farmers and agribusinesses in evaluating market entry methods, understanding and obtaining regulatory requirements, finding partners, arranging shipping and financing and many other activities.


Export-Import Bank of the United States

Midwest Regional Office 
200 West Adams Street, Suite 2450 
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-353-8081 
Fax: 312-353-8098 

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

1100 New York Avenue NW 
Washington, D.C. 20527
Phone: 202-336-8799 
Fax: 202-408-9859 

U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration

1401 Constitution Ave NW  
Washington, DC 20230

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street NW 
Washington, DC 20520

Trade & Business

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 608
Arlington, VA 22202 U.S.A
Tel:  703 412 9889
Fax: 703 412 5889

Enterprise Minnesota
310 4th Avenue South
Suite 7050
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-373-2900 or 800-325-3073
Fax: 612-373-2901

Japan External Trade Organization
401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 660
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-832-6000
Fax: 312-832-6066

LifeScience Alley
1550 Utica Avenue South, Suite 725 
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: 952-542-3077 
Fax: 952-542-3088 

LifeScience Alley is a non-profit trade association serving the life sciences in Minnesota and the surrounding region. Our mission: Enabling business success in the life sciences. We accomplish this goal through leadership, collaboration, innovation, advocacy, and education.

Midwest Global Trade Association
1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 651-290-7482
Fax: 651-290-2266

The Midwest Global Trade Association is an organization of international business professionals that provides education, current information, and support to enhance the international business opportunities of its members and the community.

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
400 Robert Street North, Suite 1500
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-292-4650 

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is the state's largest and premier business advocacy organization. As the statewide voice of business, the Chamber represents more than 2,400 businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota. The Minnesota Chamber excels at offering private-sector solutions to public-sector problems.

Minnesota High Tech Association
2470 Highcrest Road, #100
Roseville, MN 55113-2509
Phone: 952-230-4555 

MHTA supports the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota's technology-based economy through advocacy, collaboration and education.

Minnesota International Center
711 East River Road 
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA
Phone: 612-625-4421
Fax: 612-624-1984

Working with local, national and international partners, MIC creates conversations across cultures in communities and classrooms throughout Minnesota. MIC strives to inspire our community to understand global issues and cultures in an ever changing world by encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences among the people of Minnesota and visitors from around the world.

Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association
5353 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 207
Minneapolis, MN 55416
952-564-3041 Phone
952-252-8096 Fax

ProMexico
225. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-856-0316
Fax: 312-856-1834

Minnesota Trade Policy Advisory Council
332 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 551021
 

Consular Corps

There are three permanent consulates in Minnesota and about 25 honorary consulates representing their countries’ interests in Minnesota.  Combined, they commonly are referred to as the Minnesota Consular Corps.

Many countries also maintain permanent consulates in Chicago, which cover Minnesota.  A complete list of foreign embassies and consulates in the United States is available at www.embassy.org/embassies.

Permanent Consulates

Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis
Consul General Jamshed Merchant
701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 900, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1899
Phone: 612-333-4641            Fax: 612-332-4061
jamshed.merchant@international.gc.ca

Consulate General of Ecuador to Minnesota
Silvia Ontaneda-Andrade
333 E. Hennepin Ave., Suite 100, US Bank Building, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-721-6468            Fax: 612-721-6484
sontaneda@consuladodeecuadormn.com

Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul
Consul Alberto Fierro Garza
797 East 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106 – 5014
Phone: 651-771-5494            Fax: 651-772-4419
afierro@consulmexstpaul.com

Honorary Consuls

Honorary Consul General of Austria
Ron Bosrock
1814 Hillcrest Ave, St. Paul, MN 55116-2151
Phone: 651-698-7112
ron@bosrock.com

Honorary Consul of Belgium
Lydie Stassart
238 Mississippi River Blvd S, St. Paul, MN 55105-1111
Phone: 651-699-2528            Fax: 651-699-4821
lstass@aol.com

Honorary Consul of Bolivia
Gloria Steine
18036 65th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN 55311
Phone: 763-424-0265            Fax: 763-424-0266
glsteine@aol.com

Honorary Consul General of Costa Rica
Catherine Nicholson
6 West 5th Street, Suite 201, St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-293-1816            Fax: 651-665-0015
CNicholson@CRConsulateMN.com

Honorary Consul of Czech Republic
Robert Vanasek
SOKOL Hall/C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-221-0016            Fax: 651-221-0016
vanasek@bevcomm.net

Honorary Consul of Denmark
Anelise Sawkins
1417 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414-3625
Phone: 612-338-7283            Fax: 612-338-3202
sawkins@aol.com

Honorary Consul of Finland
Marianne Wargelin
2429 Girard Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55405-2537
Phone: 612-374-2718            Fax: 612-377-5030
kmwargelin@comcast.net

Honorary Consul General of France
Alain Frécon
150 So. 5th St., Ste. 2300, Minneapolis, MN 55402-4223
Phone: 612-338-6868            Fax: 612-338-6878
alain@freconlaw.com

Honorary Consul of Germany
Christa Tiefenbacher-Hudson
60 So. 6th St., Ste. 2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-342-9790            Fax: 612-596-3899
honoraryconsul@tripleink.com

Honorary Consul of Great Britain
William McGrann
800 Nicollet Mall, Ste. 2600, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2041
Phone: 612-338-2525            Fax: 612-339-2386
wrm@mcgrannshea.com

Honorary Consul of Guatemala
Alex-Edmund DaHinten
2105 1st Avenue So., Minneapolis, MN 55404-2505
Phone: 612-870-3459            Fax: 612-870-4846
DaHinten@juno.com

Honorary Consul of Honduras
Dr. Harold Panuska
20 Cygnet Place, Long Lake, MN 55356-9650
Phone: 952-473-5376            Fax: 952-473-5379
KnuteHP@msn.com

Honorary Consul General of Iceland
Örn Arnar, M.D.
6428 Nordic Circle, Edina, MN 55439-1140
Phone: 952-942-5745            Fax: 952-942-5745
iceconsgenmn@yahoo.com

Honorary Consul of Italy
Vacant

Honorary Consul General of Japan
Mirja P. Hanson
5510 Edgewater Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 651-291-5616
Mirjah@aol.com

Honorary Consul General of Korea
Vacant

Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia
Laura Ramanis
333 South 7th Street, Suite 1600, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-642-8885            Fax: 612-642-8686
laura.ramanis@mercer.com

Honorary Consul of Luxembourg
Kevin Ries
5012 Nob Hill Drive, Edina, MN 55439
Phone: 952-927-1196            Fax: 952-927-1103
kevinries@edinarealty.com

Honorary Consul General of Malta
Joseph Micallef
332 Minnesota Street, Suite W3090, St. Paul, MN 55101-1332
Phone: 651-224-1844            Fax: 651-224-3328
pajsm@aol.com

Honorary Consul of The Netherlands
Marc Al
Stoel Rives LLP, 100 South 5th Street, 19th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-373-8831            Fax: 612-371-8881
maal@stoel.com

Honorary Consul General of Norway
Gary Gandrud
901 Marquette Avenue South, Suite 2750, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-332-3338            Fax: 612-332-1386
cg.minneapolis@yahoo.com

Honorary Consul of Romania
Patrick Ledray
1250 Moore Lake Drive East, Suite 240, Minneapolis, MN 55432-5135
Phone: 763-574-9472            Fax: 763-571-0662
chevledray@aol.com

Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic
Donald Pafko
5232 West 96th Street, Bloomington, MN 55437
Phone: 952-831-1440          Fax:  952-831-4702
dpafkoskconsul@aol.com

Honorary Consul of Spain
Cristina Urdangarín
766 Linwood Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-227-4439            Fax: 651-227-2906
curdangarin@msn.com

Honorary Consul General of Sweden
Bruce Karstadt
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1007
Phone: 612-871-4907            Fax: 612-871-8682
bruce.karstadt@americanswedishinst.org

Honorary Consul of Switzerland
Rudolf Gutmann
18250 39th Avenue North, Plymouth, MN 55446-2926
Phone: 763-478-3018
rudigutmann@cs.com

Honorary Consul of Tanzania
Kjell Bergh
5429 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Phone: 612-821-2704            Fax: 612-821-2746
kbergh@tanzaniaconsulate.org

Foreign Chambers

Foreign Chambers of Commerce

American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Minnesota
c/o Genesis Business Centers, Ltd.
901 1/2 First Street North
PO Box 5644
Minneapolis (Hopkins), MN 55343
Phone: 651-731-0101
Mobile: 651-308-7141

Canada-Minnesota Business Council
701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce - Minnesota Chapter
www.facc-mn.com 

French American Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter
900 6th Avenue SE, Suite 105 
Minneapolis, MN 55114
Phone: 612-208-7612 
info@faccmn.com

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest — Minnesota Chapter
301 Summit Avenue 
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102 
Phone: 612-638-7097 
info@gaccom-mn.org

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota
3000 North 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: 612-312-1692
Fax: 612-312-1693

Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the U.S.A.— Minnesota Chapter
Suite 1050
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55305
Phone: 952-449-5213
Fax: 952-449-5101

Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce —  Minneapolis Chapter
821 Marquette Ave., Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-332-3338
Fax: 612-332-1386

Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota
c/o American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone: 612-874-0671

Foreign Cultural Groups

Czech & Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota
CSPS (Sokol) Hall
383 Michigan Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Japan America Society of Minnesota
43 Main Street SE, Suite EH-131
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-627-9357
Fax: 612-379-2393

Korean Association of Minnesota
3300 County Rd. 10, Suite 208
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Phone: 763-560-0404
Fax: 763-566-4380

Minnesota Hungarians
Minnesota Hungarians
11705 Live Oak Drive
Minnetonka MN 55305

Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota
P.O. Box 18403
Minneapolis, MN 55418-0403
Phone: 612-378-9291

Education

Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
321 Nineteenth Avenue South
Suite 4-300
Minneapolis, MN 55455-9940
Phone: 612-625-0027

Freeman Center for International Economic Policy
Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota
301 - 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

University of Minnesota China Center
150 University International Center
331 17th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-624-1002
Fax: 612-625-0045