U.S. Government Resources
- Department of Commerce. The Commerce Department’s mission is to help make U.S. businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad. Comprised of twelve different agencies responsible for everything from weather forecasts to patent protection, the Commerce Department touches the lives of U.S. citizens every day.
- Export.gov. Brings together resources from across the U.S. government to assist U.S. 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. Ex-Im Bank is the official export-credit agency of the United States. This independent federal government agency helps to create and maintain U.S. jobs by financing sales of U.S. exports primarily to emerging markets throughout the world, providing loan guarantees, export-credit insurance, and direct loans.
- 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 is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation. OPIC is the U.S. government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and, in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs, and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.
- 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. USTDA helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. 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. USTDA provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of a modern infrastructure and an open trading system.