Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge will co-sponsor a free exporting seminar, “Exporting 101,” from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at St. Michael City Center in St. Michael, Minnesota. According to the company, more than 97 percent of exporters are small- to medium-sized business rather than large firms, and the seminar will discuss ways for these smaller businesses to tap into the growing global marketplace. It will be hosted by the City of St. Michael Economic Development Authority.
Exporting 101 will include a lunch/networking hour followed by presentations from the U.S. Commercial Service, Minnesota Trade Office and Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd. It will conclude with a testimonial from St. Michael-based Jet Edge, which has grown its international waterjet system sales with the help of these organizations. Participants are invited to tour nearby Jet Edge following the presentations and will have an opportunity to meet Jet Edge’s visiting international distributors.
During Exporting 101, participants will gain valuable insight into the many trade resources available to them through the federal and state government, including education and trade counseling, market intelligence and research, trade missions and trade shows, international business partner matching services, the Featured U.S. Exporter (FUSE) program, and trade advocacy with foreign governments. They will learn the basic requirements for exporting, where to go for assistance, how to take advantage of free trade agreements, how to secure financing for exports and mitigate credit risk, and much more.
Speakers include Andrea Staebler Berton, international trade specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service; Mary Jo Stangl, international education advisor with the Minnesota Trade Office; Leslie A. Bergland, principal with Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd.; and David Anderson, Jet Edge’s international sales manager and member of the Minnesota District Export Council. In addition, the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce will have an informational exhibit about its services including Certificates of Origin, and the St. Michael-Albertville, Monticello, Buffalo and Alexandria Rotary Clubs will display exhibits about Rotary International and the clubs’ joint efforts to build two libraries in Cambodia.
Admission is free. Reservations are required by July 6. For reservations/information contact St. Michael City Hall at 763-416-7932.
Exporting 101 is sponsored by St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club, I-94 West Chamber of Commerce and Jet Edge.