NDTO and our partners have a full agenda of events, trade missions and trade shows planned for the second quarter (April-June) 2013. Below is a list of events. All initiatives are eligible for STEP ND funding.
FARGO, N.D. – Fourteen North Dakota companies and organizations have returned home after a week in Beijing and Guangzhou, China, where they successfully demonstrated uses for North Dakota’s high-quality commodities in Chinese food products. The “Better for You Food Ingredients” event was organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO), the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) and was led by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
The first quarter of 2013 has been busy for NDTO, our partners and our member companies. We’ve traveled the world, hosted international leaders and businesspeople and held a variety of educational events. Here are just a few highlights:
FARGO, N.D. – Over $13 million in global sales is anticipated as a result of first quarter activities funded by STEP ND, the financial assistance and training program for North Dakota small business exporters, facilitated by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO). The STEP ND program is made possible by a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) grant which was awarded to NDTO through the SBA State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program. STEP ND began Oct. 1, 2012 and will run through Sept. 30, 2013.
NDTO and four regional equipment manufacturers will head to Uruguay March 13-16 to attend ExpoActiva Nacional, the largest agriculture equipment trade show in Uruguay with more than 25,000 attendees, annually. This will be the fourth year that NDTO has had a presence at ExpoActiva.
FARGO, N.D. – Fourteen North Dakota companies will travel March 16-23 to Beijing and Guangzhou, China, to showcase the state’s high-quality agricultural commodities and food products to some of the China’s largest food manufacturers and processors.
ND Has Fourth Highest Export Growth Rate in the Nation
North Dakota’s exports increased from $3.39 billion in 2011 to $4.29 billion in 2012, a 26% increase over 2011, with total US exports increasing 4.5% over the same period. With a 26% increase, North Dakota had the 4th highest annual export growth rate compared to other states. The top five ND exports in 2012 included mineral fuel and oil products ($1.37 billion, a 60% increase from 2011), self-propelled dozers ($426 million, a 6.5% increase from 2011), agricultural tractors ($275 million, a 14% increase from 2011), soil-related agricultural equipment ($172 million, an 18% increase from 2011) and wheat ($164 million, a 15% decrease from 2011).
BISMARCK, N.D. – Legacy Steel Buildings, a manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings headquartered in Fargo, ND, was named North Dakota’s 2012 Exporter of the Year on Tuesday. Trade Acceptance Group (TAG), a financial services company that provides trade finance solutions, received the 2012 Service Provider of the Year award. Gov. Jack Dalrymple presented the awards during the Global Business Awards ceremony at the Global Business Connections conference, the annual international business event hosted by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO).
The Bank of North Dakota has launched the Export Enhancement Program, a new agreement with the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im Bank) which enables BND to make medium-term guaranteed loans. The program, which is expected to increase state exports, will be presented by Bob Humann of BND and Curt Hanson of Trade Acceptance Group during the Global Business Connections conference on February 19.
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Feb. 19 event to be moderated by former Global President of the Entrepreneurs’ Org., Troy Hazard
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota businesses and international trade professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to connect at Global Business Connections 2013, hosted by the North Dakota Trade Office on Feb. 19 at the Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck. The event will consist of educational breakout sessions, a panel discussion with leading business professionals, a networking reception and a keynote address provided by international entrepreneur and business television correspondent, Troy Hazard. Additionally, Gov. Jack Dalrymple will present the 2012 Global Business Awards during a special ceremony.