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BIDS logoThe Business Information Database System(BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements.  Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas.  Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.

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Direct Line logoThe Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses with American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our “country team.”  You will get up-to-the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business.  For more information and to receive announcements of new calls, visit www.state.gov/directline

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Business USA logoBusiness USA is a White House initiative that serves as an electronic clearing house for U.S. Government information and assistance that relates to business.

 

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U.S. Government Resources

  • Department of Commerce: The Commerce Department's mission is to help make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad.
  • Department of State Business Visa Center
  • Department of State Office of Commercial and Business Affairs
  • Export.gov: Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.  Export.gov also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
  • Export Import Bank of the United States: The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets
  • National IPR Center: The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR): American trade policy works toward opening markets throughout the world to create new opportunities and higher living standards for families, farmers, manufacturers, workers, consumers, and businesses. The United States is party to numerous trade agreements with other countries, and is participating in negotiations for new trade agreements with a number of countries and regions of the world.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation: The Overseas Private Investment Corporation's (OPIC) mission is to solve critical world challenges by catalyzing markets in developing nations. OPIC accomplishes its mission by delivering finance innovations that help ambitious U.S. businesses successfully enter, grow and compete in emerging markets
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides support to U.S. small businesses and small –business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency: The Agency's programs are responsible for generating over $17.6 billion in U.S. exports to emerging markets, supporting an estimated 110,000 American jobs over the last 10 year period. That means over $58 in exports of U.S.-manufactured goods and services for every $1 programmed.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

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