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Cooperating Organizations

MGTA is proud to cooperate with a variety of local organizations in order to offer its membership access to a broad range of academic and government resources. These organizations provide additional educational opportunities, expertise and assistance to international business professionals and more networking opportunities for our members.


Canada Consilate

Consulate General of Canada

The Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis promotes trade and investment links, engages with citizens and decision-makers on many matters of common interest, and assists Canadians living and traveling in the Upper Midwest. It covers the five-state region of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Global Minnesota

For more than 50 years, as Minnesota’s Door to the World, the Minnesota International Center (MIC) has provided rich and varied opportunities for individuals from Minnesota and around the world to serve as citizen diplomats and to gain a deeper understanding of their place in the world community. Each of MIC’s four program areas is designed to offer these connections to children and adults alike.


Greater MSP

GREATER MSP (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership) is a private non-profit organization (501C3) dedicated to providing public and private sector leadership, coordination and engagement to grow the economy of the 16-county Minneapolis Saint Paul region. With its economic development partners throughout the region, GREATER MSP is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated regional brand to promote the region’s assets and a coordinated regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the region. The organization is also promoting a regional talent strategy to attract and retain talented workers.

International Traders of Iowa

International Traders of Iowa

The International Traders of Iowa (ITI) is an organization whose mission is to serve the businesses in Iowa in their pursuit of world trade. Through forums developed to exchange practical information, ITI works with Iowa businesses to promote exporting, importing and investment in global enterprises.

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University College of Management offers three programs in International Business (IBUS): the BS Major and Minor in International Business, and the BAS Major in International Commerce (linked with the AAS program at St. Paul College; see below). The IBUS program will help you acquire the knowledge and skills that will sharpen your personal competitive edge and can be your passport to success. Whether you plan to work, or are already working, in marketing, purchasing, or finance, you will learn how companies compete effectively when doing business overseas.

Not interested in a degree program? You may take up to three courses that specifically address your professional needs or personal interests without registering for a degree.

IBUS program details.

Minnesota Trade Office

The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO), an office within the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), is the state agency that provides export assistance to Minnesota companies. The MTO delivers programs and services particularly focused on helping small- and medium-sized companies enter and compete in the international market:

  • Export Counseling and Technical Assistance
  • Export Education and Training Services
  • Export Promotion Services
  • Market Intelligence and Research Resources
  • Certificates of Free Sale
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Trade Assistance Helpline

Trade Assistance Helpline 651-259-7498

St. Paul College

St. Paul College

Saint Paul College, a Community and Technical College, offers a two-year International Trade AAS degree program and a professional certificate. The two-year International Trade AAS degree provides "hands-on” knowledge and skills to prepare you for employment in the international arena or for those that are new to the industry. It also provides an excellent foundation for individuals wanting to be entrepreneurs in the import/export business. The professional certificate provides an opportunity to increase your knowledge and enhance your credibility in the international field. The AAS degree program is fully transferable to Metropolitan State University, where you can continue your education to obtain a bachelor’s degree in International Commerce.

US China Business Connections

U.S.-China Business Connections

UCBC is an educational and networking forum for companies, individuals, and institutions wishing to develop or promote business ties between the US and China. It’s a place to learn how to do business in or with China, a place to find helpful resources to grow your business in China, and a place to make valuable business contacts and share experiences about doing business in China. UCBC consists of individual entrepreneurs, small and mid-sized businesses, and Fortune 500 companies currently doing business or seeking business opportunities in China.

US Commercial Service

U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists in 107 U.S. cities and in more than 80 countries work with your company to help you get started in exporting or increasing your sales to new global markets. Our services include world-class market research, trade events that promote your product or service to qualified buyers, introductions to qualified buyers and distributors, and counseling and advocacy through every step of the export process. Please contact the U.S. Commercial Service-Minneapolis office by calling (612) 348-1638 or visit the U.S. Commercial website at or

US Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

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