If you are looking for information on foreign countries to export your U.S. small business services or goods to check out the Country Commercial Guide also known as “Doing Business in” guides. “With information contained in the Guides you can learn about market conditions, purchasing power, consumer trends, distribution channels, navigating entry constraints, best sectors, key contacts and much more.” The guides also appear on a left side link after selecting a country from the list appearing on this site. www.erskine-law.com
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans to New York residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Check out the SBA’s website.
According to the SBA there are three ways to apply.
1. Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center or Business Recovery Center. SBA disaster representatives are at these centers to meet individually with New York residents and business owners, explain how an SBA low-interest disaster loan can help pay for their disaster losses, answer questions, and help each individual complete their application.
2. Apply online using SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela (available at most centers)
3. Apply by mailing your application to SBA at 14925 Kingsport Rd., Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243
When conducting international trade your small business will need to check prospective and current international business partners against various lists the U.S. government maintains. The Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce has a helpful site linking you to some of these lists to check, including the Denied Persons, Unverified, Entity, Specially Designated Nationals, and Debarred Lists. www.erskine-law.com
Does your small business contemplate or currently engage in “investment projects in developing countries and emerging markets”? If so, check out the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) Small and Medium-Enterprise Finacing facility that provides loans and loan guarentees. OPIC provides a checklist to determine if your small business is eligible for OPIC funding. www.erskine-law.com
If your small business involves intellectual property and you do business internationally, then consider using arbitration to resolve your business disputes. The World Intellectual Property Organization, an international organization, provides a PDF booklet explaining arbitration and the costs associated with this dispute resolution process.