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Export Assistance

Thinking about exporting but don't know where in the world to start? SBA, the Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Trade Office are all working to help Minnesota small businesses succeed overseas.  


Export Technical Assistance

The Minnesota State Trade Office provides training and expertise that small and midsized companies need to export goods and services successfully worldwide.  Visit https://mn.gov/deed/business/exporting/ or call 651-259-7498.  

SBA's Minnesota U.S. Export Assistance Center's  experienced staff can help you;  identify and evaluate international partners, navigate international documentation challenges,  create market entry strategies, and provide other export related guidance.  Contact them at office.minneapolis@trade.gov  or 612-348-1638.  For more information visit  https://2016.export.gov/minnesota/.

Looking for help outside of Minnesota?  Find your local US Export Assistance Center at  http://www.export.gov/eac.


Export Loans

SBA provides a number of loan programs to help trade and export activities: 

  • Export Express offers financing up to $500,000; loan funds can be used for any purpose that increases a company’s ability to export such as marketing, foreign travel, short-term lines of credit and capital expenditures.
  • Export Working Capital Program helps meet short-term working capital needs of small exporters up to $5 million. It can be structured as a Foreign Purchase Order line of credit to support direct and indirect export sales.
  • International Trade Loan Program helps finance an exporter’s larger domestic capital expenditures that support foreign sales up to $5 million.

Learn more at https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow/export-import-products-trade-international.  If you're ready to explore export loans, contact Carlos Sosa at 612-348-1642 or carlos.sosa@sba.gov.


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Export Business Planner

SBA also has a downloadable tool that can help you plan.  It will help you: 

  • Determine your export readiness.
  • Provide worksheets for global market research.
  • Explore financing information and options.
  • Get customizable Export Business Plan and Marketing Plan templates.
  • Find helpful resources and more.

Download it at  https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/SBA%20Export%20Business%20Planner.pdf.


Export Business Insurance

The Export-Import Bank of the United States provides Small Business Multi-Buyer Credit Insurance – a policy that protects an exporter’s accounts receivable. The protection of a policy equips businesses with the confidence necessary to enter new markets and chart a path forward with margins they can depend on.

With this security in hand, companies can increase their global competitiveness by offering credit terms needed to win sales. Moreover, EXIM support empowers exporters to overcome cash flow obstacles by borrowing against their insured receivables.  Learn more at https://www.exim.gov/what-we-do/export-credit-insurance

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