The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce launched Startup Global in partnership with the NFTC’s Global Innovation Forum to provide focused advice to small and early-stage American companies looking to grow their businesses by engaging in the global marketplace.  Startup Global offers educational seminars and resources covering the most-pressing issues startups face in growing their business globally in partnership with U.S. incubators, accelerators and universities, which are key centers of gravity and trusted advisers for small and early-stage companies.


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Below is a collection of resources that are intended to provide an initial reference point for entrepreneurs looking to tap into the global marketplace based on advice from previous Startup Global events. 

Where to Begin
The United States Government has a host of resources across different agencies. Startups and small businesses have highlighted those listed below as particularly useful – but a comprehensive list can be found on the BusinessUSA website.


  • U.S. Commercial Service serves as the trade promotion group, with a presence in over 100 U.S. cities and 75 countries around the world.
  • Small Business Administration can help you identify assistance in your area, as well as providing helpful information about starting, managing and financing your small business. It also includes a list of export assistance available throughout the country, including counseling, reaching out to international buyers, and providing financing support.
  • International Trade Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides a host of resources – from export guides and market intelligence to event listings and help for trade problems.
  • Local and regional resources are available to small businesses across the country.
Prepare to Export
Protect Your Ideas
  • Patent and Trademark Office is a one-stop shop for all your patent and trademark questions and concerns. There are helpful links to research existing patents and trademarks as well as tools to determine the best process for your innovation.
  • provides information and assistance for intellectual property rights of U.S. businesses against counterfeits and pirated goods in the global market.
  • Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (the U.S. Department of State’s gateway to American businesses abroad), provides in-country support for American companies overseas and advocates for interests on their behalf.
Resolve Trade Issues
Market Specific Resources

“The Global Innovation Forum is a valuable partner to the International Trade Administration in helping to connect a range of private sector stakeholders to the Startup Global pilot initiative and improve startups’ understanding of how to participate effectively in global markets.”

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker



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