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NDTO Member Profile: SB&B Foods

Fifth generation owner/partner and vice president of SB&B Foods, Todd Sinner, is currently traveling, visiting customers of the family’s food-grade ingredient company based in Casselton, North Dakota. He will join his father, Robert Sinner as they complete yet another journey overseas to build upon the popularity of SB&B Foods’ non-GMO, identity-preserved products in international markets. The family-owned company delivers food-grade products to approximately 70 customers outside of the U.S., a patronage earned after years of effort.

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NDTO to Lead Trade Mission to Peru

The North Dakota Trade Office is excited to announce a Peru-North Dakota ‘Better for You Food Ingredients’ Conference & Exhibition to take place April 24-27, 2017. This conference and exhibition will introduce Peruvian buyers, research and development specialists, and food manufacturers to North Dakota specialty crops such as beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas. The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) is co-organizing the mission with BusinessHub, a boutique consulting firm specializing in international business development.  BusinessHub is based in Santiago, Chile with an office in Lima, Peru. North Dakota companies participating in this mission are eligible to receive Specialty Crop Program funding.

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Commerce Department Changes Definition of Export

Changes to the Department of Commerce’s definition of an “export” were finalized this past fall and published in the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The revisions were completed in order to further harmonize the EAR with the Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The EAR and ITAR are the two main export control laws for technology. The EAR covers “dual use” items – commercial products that could have military applications.  ITAR covers defense articles that are on the United States Munitions List (USML). There were several takeaways from these revisions that may apply to North Dakota companies and institutions, and are overviewed as follows.

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When in Rome: Gift Giving Etiquette

‘Tis the season of gift giving! At this time of year, we offer tokens of our love and friendship to family and friends to show how much we value and care about them. The same idea applies to the gifts that we choose for our business partners, at any time of year. We bring a gift to show our appreciation for them and how important the relationship is to us. However, gift giving traditions in other countries can widely vary. To aid in your selection of a gift, the NDTO has gathered gift giving tips and advice from around the world.

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NDTO Member Profile: Appareo

At Appareo, Director of Solutions Engineering, Brad Thurow, holds an exciting position – he’s in charge of conceiving new products and turning them into reality. In his position, “concept” is a verb as he takes a look at real world issues and solves them with electronics. Thurow works in business development, helping to define new projects that will be solved by the team members at Appareo. Appareo is a design, development and manufacturing firm of electronic and software solutions with headquarters in Fargo. The company predominately works in the aviation and agriculture industries.

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Specialty Crop Program Results

The North Dakota Trade Office’s Specialty Crop Programs have yielded fantastic results so far as North Dakota companies continue to market their specialty crops – beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils and more – to various markets abroad. The Specialty Crop Programs’ returns on investment have reached over 3,800%, with more sales on the way. Additional details are as follows.

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When in Rome: Business Card Etiquette

Here in the U.S., we often have a casual approach when it comes to business cards. We give and accept each other’s cards unceremoniously, viewing them only as a future source of contact information. Some Americans view business cards as archaic, preferring to connect and share details through social media. Elsewhere in the world, the business card has a much larger role than just being a 3.5 x 2 inch piece of paper, it’s an extension of its owner. To get a better idea of just how important this small item is, the NDTO has collected different approaches to business cards from around the world.

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NDTO Member Profile: SK Food International

SK Food International began as a family company in 1990 after founders David and Beverly Skyberg saw a niche opportunity to market non-GMO, identity-preserved, organic food ingredients. David Skyberg drew on his agribusiness background to create a family business, believing that organic commodities would be an important growth sector within the food industry. Unlike many food ingredient companies, SK Food International was established first and foremost as an exporter.

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What is a Specialty Crop?

The term “specialty crop” can be confusing, conjuring up images of organic mushrooms and small plots of herbs. While these two items are included within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s definition of a specialty crop, so are other rather common crops, like potatoes. The USDA has devoted over $62 million this year to enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops. So what are they?

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Upcoming Trade Shows and STEP-eligible Activities

As the holiday season approaches, don’t forget about the numerous opportunities to promote your products globally. Also, small business owners, don’t miss the chance to have your company approved to receive funding for international sales activities. The North Dakota Trade Office has plenty of funds left in its State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which goes through September 29, 2017. Eligible small business concerns may receive expense reimbursement upon participation in one of these events, or a pre-approved sales trip.  Below is a list of the events taking place in the months ahead.

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