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February Trade Talk Gives Attendees a Candid Look at Navigating Free Trade Agreements

More than 30 businesspeople and government officials from around the region got an up-close-and-personal look at navigating NAFTA and other Free Trade Agreements (FTA) at the Trade Talk that was held on Feb. 8 in Fargo.  Bonnie Anderson of WTH International Services gave participants a candid look at FTA’s citing examples from over 30 years of experience in international trade.

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What, exactly, is a Trade Mission?

Entering the global marketplace can be daunting, especially for companies that are new to exporting. There’s a significant learning curve involved in meeting foreign regulations, and landing customers in other countries can take time and money.  One North Dakota Trade Office service that fully-encompasses the guiding principles of the North Dakota Trade Office – ‘Trade Expansion through Advocacy, Education and Expertise’- is Trade Missions.  Trade Missions can take many forms, depending on the destination as well as the company participating, but the bottom line is facilitating business for companies through face-to-face meetings with potential buyers.

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Application Open for 2011 Exporter of the Year Award

Are you proud of your company’s international accomplishments over the past year?  Nominate them for the ‘2011 North Dakota Exporter of the Year Award’.  This award is presented to one business that has made significant advancements in the international marketplace.  The award-winning business is required to have expanded its business to a new international market in 2011, increased its export sales and supported the larger statewide effort to expand North Dakota’s global reach.

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Roll-A-Ramp Lends a Helping Hand Around the World

The North Dakota spirit is based on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.  Roll-A-Ramp, a product of DT&J, Inc. of West Fargo, encapsulates this spirit and has spent the last decade helping disabled individuals with their top-of-the-line, portable and versatile ramps, not only in North Dakota, but around the world.

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State of the Global Economy Trade Talk Helps Prepare ND Companies for 2012

The State of the Global Economy Trade Talk, held Jan. 11 in Fargo, drew exporters and businesspeople from around the region to discuss one of the most-significant topics in North Dakota today:  the future of the global economy in 2012.  Experts Thomas R. Hardy, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), and Dr. Cole R. Gustafson, economist and chair of Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University (NDSU), led the discussion while exporters and peers examined the assumptions underpinning recent changes in the economy through a panel discussion.

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SEEDS 2000 Acquired by Australian Company, Expands International Prospects

SEEDS 2000 Inc., one of the leading seed research and productions companies in the region, announced Nov. 30, 2011, that it has been acquired by Nuseed, a global seed and traits company based out of Melbourne, Australia.  For SEEDS 2000, headquartered in Breckenridge, MN, the merger will mean a myriad of changes for employees; from an exporting prospective, the acquisition of a regional company by an international player may be a step towards increasing global sales.

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Export Assistant Program Success Story: Yuliya Sapelnikova

The Export Assistant Program, now in its sixth year, places talented graduate students in export companies that need assistance in moving their global business forward.  For former Minnesota State University Moorhead student Yuliya Sapelnikova from Russia, the program proved a valuable stepping stone towards her new position as International Logistics Coordinator at Daktronics in Brookings, SD.

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Commercial Opportunities for North Dakota Companies in China

Ninety-six percent of the global population lives outside the United States.  More than 20 percent of these people reside in China, with nearly 15 percent of the world’s spending power lying with China’s people.  The Chinese market has tremendous unmet demand for U.S. exporters to satisfy, and with North Dakota offering some of the best resources, technology, and agricultural goods and services in the country, China is currently an attractive emerging markets for North Dakota exporters.

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Educational Opportunities for Chinese Students Abundant in North Dakota

In the 2010-11 academic year, North Dakota saw enrollment from 3,106 foreign students, contributing a total of $61.6 million to the state.  With China accounting for the majority of foreign students in North Dakota and across the U.S., higher education opportunities will be a major focus during the March 2012 Trade Mission to China, hosted by the North Dakota Trade Office.

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Indonesia, Vietnam Trade Mission Successful

Twelve North Dakota companies, led by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDOA), returned home this week after what is being called a successful Trade Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam.

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