At VIB we like to share our knowledge with our clients and community. We are a small business and like us, there are many others. Below you will find many of the resources that we utilized to grow our business. We hope that this page helps you and your business gain more knowledge and succeed. Let us know if you have any questions about any of the resources and we will be happy to help.
Resources In the U.S.
The U.S. Commercial Services can provide support to US businesses that are interested in exporting their products and services. They have several services available at an affordable price for you to learn about the market you want to go into. The organization is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
The EXIM Bank is the organization that makes sure to fill the gap between private-sector lenders and American businesses. It provides small businesses with the necessary financial tools to compete in the global market. Additionally, it provides export credit insurance to mitigate the risk of non-payment. If you want to learn more about exporting, you can read their Basic Guide To Exporting.
The Global Chamber has a presence in 525 metro areas. They are constantly trying to help you grow your business by connecting you to the right people. Several Business meetups are being held weekly via zoom where you can meet and share about your business with others around the world.
The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association represents over 1,000 members in the international trade industry. They have a directory available so you can contact a broker and start the process of exporting. They have different types of memberships that you and your company can benefit from.
The company was born in 2006, with a global presence and collaborators and offices in Bogotá, London, Miami, and Hong Kong, whose main objective is to facilitate commercial activity in Latin America and emerging markets abroad and vice versa.
1. Legal Services: especially in the areas of Family Law, Corporate or Commercial Law, Immigration Law, Tax Law.
2. Financial Services: especially in collection outsourcing, accounting, tax issues, study, and project feasibility.
3. Foreign Trade Services: especially for commercial representation and market entry, search and verification of suppliers, an inspection of production and cargo, purchase management, work schedule, personalized assistance.
4. Administrative and Human Resources Services: especially for payroll administration, recruitment, study and background checks for natural and legal persons, translations
OWIT is a worldwide nonprofit organization that focuses on helping women develop and execute global trade opportunities. The organization has chapters around the world that operate locally. Each chapter has different events that help its members. You also get to connect and network with members all over the world.
Charles Newman Co. serves as a broker and advocates for more than 200 businesses across the U.S. Charles Newman Co. acts as an employee benefits broker for Group Health, Ancillary, and Voluntary insurance plans and also serves as a broker for Professional Employer Organizations (PEO’s) including ADP-TotalSource, Paychex, Insperity, Tri-Net, Justworks, Co-Advantage, and others.
Charles Newman Co. is particularly attuned to the needs of non-U.S. companies with U.S. offices and serves their U.S. workforce. This 50-second video explains more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SgX9YAlQGw
Your local chamber of commerce
Your local Chamber of Commerce can be a very good resource if you want to expand. Usually, their membership is affordable and you can create a network that will guide you through the expansion process. For example, we belong to the NJ Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and participate in local events as well as make connections with the international businesses near us.
The American Chamber of Commerce abroad
There are numerous American Chamber of Commerce organizations around the world. For example, we belong to the ones in Colombia, India, Mexico, and Peru. Their membership can be a little high but they are a great resource when it comes to doing business in that specific country. You can connect with partners, local organizations, and possible clients through them. And also, learn about the regulatory system in that country.
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