Global business

Going global: How your biz can make the leap

March 25, 2009: 10:11 AM ET

Ready to expand overseas? Here's a guide to the resources that can help you get started.

Peter Van Wolvelaerd, Scottsdale
My company has been doing business with the U.S. government, and we have been awarded some new business, in no small measure because of our service-disabled veteran-owned status. We have located business opportunities in Europe with the U.S. government and are trying to partner with a European company. Because we don't have assets abroad it is very important we work with a local partner. My question is, what are the rules that the U.S. government has for companies when they partner with others? All of our local assets will have to come from our European partner.


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