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US Trade Rep. Meets with Minn. Business Owner to Help Push Products Abroad

Updated: 08/10/2014 5:45 PM
Created: 08/10/2014 5:31 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A Minnesota jewelry maker's success story is highlighting the need for the government to help small business owners sell their goods abroad.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman met Sunday with Johan Rust, owner of Jewelry by Johan in Oakdale.

Rust makes custom rings and sells them through the e-commerce website, Etsy. He now has 30 employees. One-third of his sales come from outside the U.S.

Froman says the Obama administration is working to create new trade deals, so business owners can sell more made in America goods overseas.


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