global business

There has been a lot of talk in this election cycle about restricting trade. There has also been a lot of talk about income inequality and the demise of the American middle class. I believe there is a strong causal relationship between these trends. Read More
January is a favored month for Minnesotans to flee to Florida. For residents of the Sunshine State, August represents the reverse end of the weather misery index, with brutal summer heat and humidity.
No matter how hot it is in Minnesota this month, it’s bound to represent relief to the 100 business leaders who will be visiting from the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolitan area.
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The Minnesota Trade Office welcomed American Chambers of Commerce in Europe (AmChams in Europe) to Minnesota for the first time ever last week, putting on a multi-day tour of the state’s top business (3M campus) and tourist (Mall of America) attractions. Read More


My first trip to Da Nang was quite by accident, but I fell in love with it. Read More
Sabrina’s is a new café at the corner of Snelling and University avenues in Saint Paul, located in an area being branded as Little Africa — a destination where people can experience African food, music and culture. Read More

Photo courtesy of Steve Spruth

A class of 26 business students from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota will travel to a sunny island over their spring break, but it won’t be off the coast of Florida, Texas or Mexico.
They’re heading to Cuba.
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Could we be at a turning point in Minnesota-India economic relations? A number of recent events and data appear to be pointing in that direction.
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Small businesses in Minnesota are receiving a funding boost designed to increase export activity and help them enter global markets. Read More

German Ambassador Peter Wittig recently visited Minneapolis to spread ideas about improving the quality of the U.S. workforce.

When it comes to preparing Minnesota’s workforce of tomorrow for the jobs of tomorrow, we have a lot to learn from Germany. That was the message of a recent forum on Economic Success through Innovation in Education and Workforce Development, held at the offices of Fredrikson & Byron in downtown Minneapolis. Read More