We can help you with the basic requirements to do business outside of the United States. For more in depth assistance, we can refer you to outside resources that can help you with other federal and state requirements.
Before you make the decision to "go international" make certain that there is a market for your product or service. State and federal trade development agencies publish trade statistics and country market reports that can help you learn more and make informed decisions.
If you are serious about succeeding in the market, it is strongly recommended that you translate your marketing materials into the language of the prospective buyer. You'll also want to convert all measurements from the U.S. system of measurement to the metric system, which is used by virtually every other country of the world.
Having someone within your company who is capable of speaking in the language of the culture in which you are doing business demonstrates commitment to the market. While it's true that much international business is conducted in English, to be truly successful you must respect your partners' culture. If necessary, hire a translator/interpreter.
A top concern of most new exporters is where to get help at both pre- and post-export financing stages of the export process. Pre-export financing is the financing required of the exporter which covers the period from building the product to shipping. Post-export financing refers to the financing that spans the period from shipment through receipt of payment from the overseas buyer. Government sources of export financing can be found on the SBA.gov website.