The World Bank's "Doing Business" guide ranks the country as number three in the world for ease of doing business, offering excellent opportunities for you to grow your business. The country has a sophisticated trade system and a culture that embraces entrepreneurship. Its robust business climate and myriad opportunities for marketing-including the world's most developed media network and a population that is overwhelmingly web savvy-give small businesses the opportunity to promote their goods and services to the populace both directly and through other businesses with which they partner.
Perhaps you're interested in establishing a partnership with one of the country's exporters. You may be considering joint ventures with U.S companies, franchise or licensing opportunities, or sales of your products and services in the U.S. Whatever your interests and needs, the resources provided in this section will lead you to information that can support your entry into this huge market.
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In addition to its highly developed economy, the U.S. has a sophisticated system of monitoring and governing its imports and exports. Companies that wish to do business in the country need to abide by its laws and regulations, most of which are readily available online or by contacting government agencies.
This one-stop portal of the U.S. government provides information and links from United States government agencies to the information that foreign exporters need to know about doing business in the United States.
This profile of the U.S. market was prepared by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Australian government's trade and investment development agency. It reviews the economic climate in the U.S., provides information and statistics about trade relations, and includes a review of such topics as U.S. business opportunities and etiquette; tariffs; import restrictions; product certification, labeling and packaging; methods of quoting and payment; and various documentation and tax issues.
UK Trade & Investment, a division of the government of the United Kingdom, created this downloadable PDF report on doing business in the United States. The report provides introductory information about the market, advice to companies that want to export to or do business in the United States, and a guide to etiquette, language and cultural concerns.
There are few places where the market is as open and the opportunities as profound as they are in the United States. There exist an array of opportunities for strategic alliances with U.S. businesses, as well as marketing, promotion and sales tools and venues.
Every decade, the Census Bureau compiles a comprehensive survey of the U.S. population, its demographic characteristics, and other data. Supplemented by other studies, this website is an excellent resource to understand specific markets and their size and characteristics throughout the U.S.
The U.S. Census Bureau maintains this online clearinghouse for export and import statistics and data. From this page, you can access links to the latest foreign trade news as well as information about export regulations, commodity classifications, and other trade related topics.
This portal provides a gateway to a vast collection of economic and other statistics across various areas of the federal government.
This division of the Department of Commerce holds seminars on Export Administration Regulations (EAR) as well as in-depth courses on special topics of interest to the exporting community.
The World Bank's "Doing Business" project compares business procedures and economic regulations in 181 countries throughout the world. This comprehensive report includes chapters about dealing with licenses, starting or closing a business, employing workers, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and trading across borders in the U.S. Most World Bank materials are published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.
Franchises in the U.S. are carefully regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. This association offers an excellent primer on getting started in franchising, as well as tools and resources for locating and opening a franchise.
This World Bank chart summarizes the procedures, schedule requirements, and costs associated with setting up a business in the U.S.
Using the building of a warehouse as an example, this page features a chart summarizing the procedures, time and costs to build in New York City. Text beneath the chart provides details about each step in the process.
Business success abroad depends not only on the quality of your products and services, but also on the knowledge and respect you show for the customs and manners of business people in your host country. These guides will help you to ensure that your business conduct in the U.S. makes a positive impression.