MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Several high ranking Obama administration officials including; U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will be in Minneapolis Thursday for the National Export Initiative Small Business Tour. The forum is designed to help connect small and medium-sized Minnesota businesses with the resources they need to sell more products around the world.

Sen. Al Franken, a supporter of the expansion, said he is glad President Obama is sending his top officials to Minnesota to show how the federal government can work with our state’s business leaders to create new jobs by expanding the markets we export too.

“This is part of the president’s plan to double exports in the next five years to support creation of several million new jobs,” Franken explained, “There are a lot of hurdles that stand in the way of small and medium size businesses and being able to export, and that’s what this is all about.”

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Franken said he has been actively representing Minnesota’s interests when it comes to exporting.

“We have brought Minnesota companies to the administration and the office of the trade representative to see how we can help them grow.”

The day-long conference is set to take place Thursday, Feb. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00p.m. at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.

Comments (5)
  1. Government can't create jobs... says:

    The only jobs the government can create is public sectors jobs, but it does so at the cost of private money and private sector jobs, the government can’t create private sector jobs, they can just encourage the conditions for jobs to be created. through lower taxes and regulations.

    I doubt that is how Obama is going to “create” those jobs.

  2. Uriah says:

    More show, act like your trying to help small business while you tax the snot out of them, burden them with massive rules and regs, force them to buy health insurance, try to make them pay for carbon emissions, etc. etc. etc. Al and Barrack are no friend of small business and never will be. Be honest al and go get your photo shoot with Acorn or the Unions.

  3. Norm ledeboer says:

    Senator Al Franken;

    We feel that the USA should take a long & hard look at all the financial aid we are giving other countries–in light of our huge debt and large interest on this debt and not being able to find funds for important projects here in the USA. Much of the aid we give to others is not appreciated and often times may be wasted as well.

    Thanks, Nomr & Sharon Ledeboer, Minneaplois, MN 763-544-5625 medlakeledeboers@aol.com

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