Advocacy. Education. Mentoring.

  • Advocacy

    District Export Councils (DEC's) are advocates for exporting and the resulting better paying jobs and improved local and U.S. economic conditions.

  • Education

    DEC's provide ongoing educational opportunities for business people who are thinking of or are already exporting.

  • Mentoring

    As experienced international business people, DEC Board Members share their experience with business people looking for assistance.

Building North Dakota's future

"We believe North Dakota companies produce world-class products and services."

The North Dakota District Export Council (DEC) promotes North Dakota companies and their efforts to export products and services around the world. The ND DEC provides Advocacy, Education and Mentoring. As part of the US Commerce Department's national DEC program, the ND DEC is charged with providing experienced leadership in the promotion of US exports. 

Each DEC member is a highly experienced international business person who has been appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce. These volunteers offer their time and expertise to assist other business people with their exporting questions. The DEC and DEC board members use their resources and knowledge to help increase exports of various products and services from North Dakota.


DEC board members provide ongoing advocacy of exporting to government units, legislators, the media and the general business community. It is the job of the DEC to explain the positive effects exporting has on the state and national economy. Higher wages, better quality, more competitive products and services all are a result of companies who have positioned themselves for global opportunities and growth.


Over the years, the North Dakota DEC has provided a wide range of educational opportunities for both those new to exporting and for veteran companies. The DEC sponsors events that cover payments, partner selections, fraud, financing, export standards and procedures and the renowned ExporTech program.


As highly experienced international business people, DEC board members offer their services to provide advice and mentoring to companies and individuals who seek to expand their markets. DEC expertise can often lower the time, cost and risks of exporting by providing invaluable advice. The DEC does not charge for this service, instead offering this as a free service to the state business community. Contact us for further information.

Why Export?

  • Better Paying Jobs

    Statistics show that companies that export tend to pay higher wages, thereby helping grow the local economy. Better paying jobs are only part of the impact.

  • Better Quality Products & Services

    Companies that export must meet the quality expectations of a global customer base, which tends to improve the quality of their offerings making them even more competitive.

  • Diversified Customer Base

    Companies that export diversify their customer base allowing them to grow and gain economies of scale, thus reducing costs and better allocating overhead.

  • Offset Seasonal Business Patterns

    Companies who experience seasonal slumps can export products and services to areas where the seasons are opposite or always favorable.