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$3.7M Angel Tax Credits for Women-owned Businesses Still Available

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM
Tags: angel tax credit, small businesses

DEED’s Angel Tax Credit Program offers a financial boost to businesses owned by women, but that funding will end Oct. 1.

There is a remaining $3.7 million in Angel Tax credits (as of Aug. 24) for businesses owned by women or minorities, or based in Greater Minnesota. After Oct. 1, any remaining tax credits not allocated to these designated groups will be made available to others.


America’s Top State for Business – Cost of Living

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM

A competitive cost of living can be a key advantage for states that want to attract workers and keep them. If the cost of living is reasonable, workers will be able to afford housing, food, health care and transportation. Their wages will go further and they will enjoy a higher standard of living.


Mexico's Innovation and High Tech Make Big Impression on Trade Delegation

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, trade mission, exports

Gov. Mark Dayton and an official delegation are back in Minnesota after a week-long trade mission to Mexico. And they’ve come home very impressed with the sophisticated technology and business operations they saw.


Minnesota and Mexico: A Partnership Rooted in Agriculture

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Tags: exports, trade mission, small businesses

Manufactured goods make up the lion’s share of Minnesota’s exports, but the world has a healthy appetite for the bounty of Minnesota’s farms. We’re the nation’s 3rd-largest agricultural exporter, selling $8 billion in foreign markets in 2013.


Across Borders: Empowering Women in Agriculture

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Tags: exports, trade mission, small businesses

Women play key roles in agriculture in Minnesota and Mexico. And they also face unique obstacles.

That’s why Minnesota and Mexico are signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week focusing on the ways women in agriculture can work together to help educate and support each other. The Women in Agriculture and Business MOU is one of five collaborations being signed during Gov. Mark Dayton’s trade mission to Mexico this week.


A Brief History of Minnesota Trade Missions

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 9:45 AM
Tags: exports, trade mission, small businesses

Gov. Mark Dayton spent the day Tuesday meeting with officials from Mexico's ministries of foreign affairs, agriculture, public education, as well as its trade and foreign investment arm.

While leading his fourth international trade mission, the governor promoted the state's exports, encouraged Mexican companies to startup and expand in Minnesota (or move existing U.S. operations here), inked cooperative agreements on agriculture and education, toured the facilities of a Minnesota-based company operating in Mexico, and met with executives of major U.S. companies operating in Mexico.

And that's just the beginning.


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.


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