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State seeks delegates to join Dayton on China trade trip

The Minnesota Trade Office is looking for businesses and organizations that want to send delegates with Gov. Mark Dayton on his June trade mission to China.

The June 8-17 trip to Shanghai, Beijing and Xian will allow the delegation to meet “with high-ranking business leaders and government officials, attend networking events, and explore trade and investment opportunities,” officials said.

The official statement says:

The goal of the mission is to gain market knowledge and business contacts, identify opportunities to increase exports and attract investment, support Minnesota’s existing business in China and promote Minnesota as a great place to do business.

The cost of the China trade mission is estimated at $7,500-$8,000 [correction by state] $8,000 to $8,500 per person, including round-trip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, mission events and in-country assistance from the Minnesota Trade Office. Qualified small businesses accepted to participate in the mission will be eligible for reduced mission fees through the STEP Assistance for Small Business program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and administered by MTO.

More information is available from Li King Feng at or at 651-259-7484.

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