SelectUSA Opens Doors to the World
President Obama launched SelectUSA in 2011 as the first-ever U.S. government-wide initiative to attract foreign and domestic investment in the United States, thus stimulating U.S. job growth. SelectUSA provides resources, services, counseling, and advocacy to domestic businesses and localities looking to attract foreign investment, and connects with foreign companies wishing to build, source, and sell in the United States. The initiative's centerpiece is the SelectUSA Investment Summit, a two-day event geared towards both facilitating and showcasing America's dynamic business community.
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As a program of the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration—a sister agency of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office—SelectUSA serves as a single point of contact for investors and economic development organizations (EDOs) to receive counsel on investment attraction strategy, starting a business, accessing federal resources, and navigating government regulations. For current and prospective U.S. small business owners, it’s a comprehensive ensemble of tools and resources for branching out into global development and attracting foreign investment. Through the initiative’s ombudsman program, SelectUSA works on a case-by-case basis with businesses and EDOs to answer questions and provide guidance on navigating U.S. regulations.
The Investment Summit will be held October 31-November 1, 2013, in Washington, D.C., providing opportunities for businesses and investors to network and meet one-on-one with subject-matter experts in a variety of fields. Representatives from industry, economic development, and federal, state, and local government will lead small group sessions and moderated panels on the latest investment trends and sector analysis. Senior White House officials, corporate leaders, academics, and technical experts will deliver plenary talks and keynote speeches. Along with the impressive array of presentations and workshops is an exhibition featuring innovative and influential American companies, organizations, and government entities. Attendees will have the chance to collect and pool knowledge, meet with foreign and domestic investors, discuss ideas, and forge partnerships under a single roof.
As commerce grows more interconnected across borders and continents, it has never been easier for investors to find manufacturers and suppliers. Now more than ever U.S. companies need innovative tools and resources to stay competitive in a global economy. Whether you attend the Investment Summit or just browse the online platform, there are sure to be opportunities for you as an inventor or small business owner with SelectUSA.