U.S. Government Resources
The U.S. government, through a number of federal agencies, provides an extensive network of resources and service to help U.S. companies succeed.
International Business Development
U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service assists and advocates for U.S. businesses in international markets to foster U.S. economic prosperity.Utilizing our network of trade promotion and policy professionals located in more than 100 offices nationwide and in more than 70 international offices, U.S. Commercial Service promotes U.S. exports, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises; advances and protects U.S. commercial interests overseas; and attracts inward investment into the United States and serves as a close partner to our nation’s District Export Councils.
Services offered to U.S. Companies: Develop your international business strategy, choose the best market for your product or service, and evaluate potential overseas business partners. Increase your brand awareness and market exposure in countries around the world. Find and establish relationships with potential overseas business partners.
Export Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Looking to jump-start orexpand your foreign sales? EXIM is here to support your business. The Bank is an independent federal agency that fills gaps in private export finance in order to bolster U.S. job growth at no cost to American taxpayers. EXIM provides trade financing solutions – including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers – to empower exporters of U.S. goods and services.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of International Trade (OIT)
Loans for exporters: Most U.S. banks view loans for exporters as risky. This can make it harder for you to get loans for things like day-to-day operations, advance orders with suppliers, and debt refinancing. That’s why the SBA created programs to make it easier for U.S. small businesses to get export loans.
To learn how the SBA can help you get an export loan, contact your local SBA International Trade Finance Specialist or the SBA’s Office of International Trade.
International Business Development Assistance for Agricultural and Processed Food Companies
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security.
In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, FAS has a global network of 98 offices covering 177 countries. These offices are staffed by agricultural attachés and locally hired agricultural experts who are the eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world. FAS staff identify problems, provide practical solutions, and work to advance opportunities for U.S. agriculture and support U.S. foreign policy around the globe.