Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) promotes and assists in the expansion of exports and foreign direct investments for the residents of Minnesota. The office serves the needs of international companies. It specializes in education, counseling, and information and marketing services. Minnesota Trade Office sponsors and coordinates trade missions to various countries. The office also participates in international trade shows. It has partnerships with the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Minnesota, Canada-Minnesota Business Council, and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota. Minnesota Trade Office offers online trade assistance helpline and searchable databases that assist companies in identifying international business resources. In addition, it is a part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.