State Department Programs for U.S. Businesses: BIDS and Direct Line

April 05, 2016

What is BIDS?

The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up-to-the-minute information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities that have been validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas. Private and public partners can link to or download BIDS data for sales matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.
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The Advocacy Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce

March 29, 2016

What is the Advocacy Center?
The Advocacy Center is a unit of the Global Markets section of the International Trade Administration , an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government (USG) resources and authorities in order to level the playing field for U.S. businesses as they compete against foreign firms for international public contracts, both civilian and defense. The Advocacy Center prioritizes advocacy cases and coordinates commercial advocacy across the government on behalf of U.S. exporters, bidding on public-sector contracts with overseas governments and government agencies. Since its inception, the Advocacy Center has helped hundreds of U.S. companies of all sizes in various industry sectors win government contracts around the world.
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USEACs, Pt II: Export Finance, Trade Counseling, & Market Intelligence

February 23, 2016

American businesses are increasingly turning to exports as a source of opportunity, growth and diversification. Though foreign markets are more accessible than ever, exporting is still more complicated than doing business domestically and presents a unique set of challenges. Business owners with an eye on the international marketplace should not be deterred. There are powerful resources to empower exporters to overcome obstacles to global growth. One such resource – the network of U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) – should be on every exporter’s radar.

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