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.
STARTUP GLOBAL EVENTS
Click through for more information on speakers, topics covered and takeaways from Startup Global discussions
Startup Global starts local: Philadelphia-area startups gather at Temple University’s Fox School of Business for advice on going global
U.S. Department of Commerce and Global Innovation Forum Announce Next Phase of Startup Global Initiative
On Long Island, Startups Emphasize Opportunities to Trade at Startup Global Event Hosted by U.S. Commerce Department and Global Innovation Forum
RESOURCES TO GO GLOBAL
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
- United States International Trade Commission’s Tariff database allows companies to search the most recent version of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
- World Trade Organization (WTO) Facilitation Agreement Database’s Transparency Notification lists country-specific import and export rules and contacts for official inquiry.
- Export-Import Bank of the United States helps facilitate the export of goods and services for American companies.
- U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the “single window” for processing trade-related import and export requirements by government agencies.
- United States Census Bureau is the host of import or export statistics, export regulations, and commodity classification, and assists with reporting export information in the Automated Commercial Environment.
- Bureau of Industry and Security determines requirements for export, re-export, and in-country transfer of commercial, military, and dual-use goods, as well as for specific activities of U.S. persons under the Export Administration Regulations.
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.
- STOPfakes.gov 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
- Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance specializes in assisting U.S. businesses removing trade barriers imposed by foreign governments. File a report if your business is facing such an obstacle.
Market Specific Resources
- Doing Business in U.S. & UK handbook provides resources for small and medium-sized enterprises exporting in the two countries.