Key Business Links

BIDS: The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to the minute 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.

Direct Line for American Business: The Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses and 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. BusinessUSA is a White House initiative that serves as an electronic clearing house for U.S. Government information and assistance that relates to business.

The Export Import Bank (ExIm) enables U.S. companies – large and small – to turn export opportunities into real sales that help maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy. ExIm provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing), export credit insurance, and loan guarantees and direct loans (buyer financing).

The National IPR Center stands at the forefront of the U.S. Government’s response to global intellectual property theft.

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR): develops and coordinates U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policies, while also overseeing negotiations with other countries.

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs, and growth opportunities both at home and abroad.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) helps aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.  By providing loans and access to federal contracts, the SBA helps preserve free competitive enterprise.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA): Links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

Foreign Agriculture Service: Links U.S. agriculture to Malawi to enhance export opportunities and global food security.

Other Resources

AmChams: AmChams advance the interests of American business overseas.  They are voluntary associations of American companies and individuals doing business in a particular country, as well as firms and individuals of that country who operate in the U.S.  Currently, 115 AmChams in 102 countries are affiliated with U.S. AmCham.  Listings of AmChams and contact information by region of interest or country are also available.