State Department resources for American companies doing business overseas

Do you do business abroad or are you thinking about expanding your business overseas? The State Department's Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA) can help.

In this podcast, Margaret Hawley-Young, Acting Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, discusses how CBA and the rest of the State Department's Economic Bureau supports U.S. business interests abroad by:

  • Coordinating the Department's advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. companies;
  • Connecting American firms to resources at U.S. embassies;
  • Identifying countries' openness to investment and market opportunities for the U.S. business community; and
  • Strengthening intellectual property rights internationally.

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Resources

  • Direct Line – Engage directly via webcast with U.S. Ambassadors overseas
  • BIDS – trade lead site for foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements
  • U.S. Export Assistance Center - A network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide
  • Office of Commercial and Business Affairs – CBA provides assistance to U.S. firms seeking help with business problems abroad by coordinating the Department's advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. companies, connecting American firms to resources at U.S. embassies, and identifying commercial information and market opportunities for the U.S. business community.
  • Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement  - IPE advocates for the effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) around the world
  • BusinessUSA.gov: an electronic clearinghouse for U.S. Government information and assistance that relates to business
  • Small Business Administration - the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
  • Investment Climate Statement launch event link -   The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold an event June 29 highlighting the rollout of the 2017 Investment Climate Statements and key findings. 
  • Investment Climate Statements:The 2017 statements will be available at this link on June 29.
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