Key Business Links

Join the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise:

“The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise (AAE) was launched by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 as a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Aspen Institute. The Alliance is a collaborative effort of over 70 members, including artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, foundations, multilaterals, and individuals. Members of AAE work together to promote the full potential of artisan enterprise around the world. The Alliance leverages the collective strength of its members to break down barriers commonly faced in the artisan sector.” To become a member:

  • Direct Line for American Business program:
    (Connecting U.S. businesses with American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our “country team.” You will get up-to-the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business.)
  • The Business Information Database System (BIDS):
    (Giving U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral developments bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas. Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.)
    (BusinessUSA is a White House initiative that serves as an electronic clearing house for U.S. Government information and assistance that relates to business.  State is a member of the BusinessUSA development team, helping to define and create new content as the site expands and evolves.)
  • Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC): 
    (Promoting security cooperation between American private-sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State.)
  • U.S. Commercial Service:
    (The trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.)
  • BuyUSA:
    (Are you interested in expanding your business? The U.S. Commercial Service helps U.S. companies find new international business partners in worldwide markets. If you’re outside the U.S. and looking for U.S. suppliers, our services can help you find U.S. suppliers of products and services.)
    (Bringing together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration:
    (Delivering millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR):
    (Responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.)