Business Partner Search
The search for the right business partner maybe compared to finding a needle in a haystack. Working with our partners, the Chamber Coalition can assist you in the process of a business partner search both in the U.S. and internationally.
U.S. Business Partner Search
The world is your oyster; find your Pearl! Many persons are unaware that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies provide free resources to help small businesses sell to customers overseas? The internet makes the world smaller and now more than ever, more businesses use online storefronts and e-commerce platforms. This development makes businesses better-positioned to enter the international marketplace. Through our partnership with the SBA, we can help these businesses succeed by providing access to grants, loans, and more!
As you can see, the future of the world is online and it is moving faster than ever, with nearly 60 percent of the entire world population on the Internet, and most users outside the United States. Our neighbors – Mexico and Canada – are especially attractive international trade markets. Under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, this trade partnership is committed to prohibiting customs charges on digital trade products and no longer requiring companies that export services to have a physical presence in their countries.
The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) can help you start or expand your business to reach global customers. STEP financial support helps US small businesses to:
• Learn how to export
• Participate in foreign trade missions and trade shows
• Obtain services to support foreign market entry
• Develop websites to attract foreign buyers
• Design international marketing products or campaigns
The Chamber Coalition, through its partners, is dedicated to assisting our Chamber U.S. small business members to take advantage of the opportunities to spread their wings, go global and find international customers. To set up, a consultation, click here.
International Business Partner Search
If you are a business owner located in the Caribbean, Africa or Latin America looking for a business partner in the U.S., the Chamber Coalition can assist. Through our partner, IQ Inc. Global Consulting, the Chamber Coalition offers a range of high-quality advisory and support services to small- and middle-market companies to successfully establish business operations in foreign markets.
With a vast network of companies and individuals, the Chamber Coalition can help you make the necessary introductions to begin a successful U.S. operation. Those who have already tried know the high cost of planning and implementing a value-creating mission to the United States. Using our exclusive network, the Chamber Coalition is well-suited to arrange meetings with the right companies to help you navigate this difficult terrain. Our Business Matchmaking Program is built around your company’s needs and objectives. The Chamber Coalition offers international companies customized programs and visits to American counterparts. To set up a consultation, click here.
Tips for a Good Relationship with Your Business Partner
Next to your relationship with your children and spouse, your relationship with your business partner is one of the most important ones in life. Let’s assume you have covered the first major consideration and chosen the right business partner. As anyone in business knows, this first essential step sometimes takes a few attempts. When you find the one, not the love of your life, but the business partner of your life, you want to make sure you foster a healthy and wonderful relationship. Here are some recommendations to help your business relationship thrive and grow stronger over time.
Always Have Respect
Respect, next to trust which is equally important, is one of the most important qualities needed between business partners. It is ideal to always treat your business partner with the upmost respect by listening and considering their opinions, even when you disagree with them. If you do disagree and a conversation turns towards arguing it’s best to take a break and continue when you cool down. There will always be times of conflicting opinions and thoughts and having a strong base of respect is vital. Your healthy and strong relationship will be reflected in your business success.
Value Family Connections
Know your business partner’s family members by name and make a note of their birthdays. And this goes for your business partner too. Be sure to mark their birthday with a nice gift or gesture and also make notes of other important occasions such as their wedding anniversary. There is a lot of power and value in showing you care.
When you think of generosity you might instantly think of money issues. While that is key, it also means being generous with your time. It’s easy to give all your attention to your clients and more inexperienced staff on your team. But it’s important to have lots of time with your business partner too. Meet once a week or month just to throw around ideas, check how life is going and brainstorm for new business ideas. If they need time such as personal time off, family or sick leave then make it clear it’s fine and well. It’s a great way to show your business partner they are valued.
Know if it's Time to Say Goodbye
Sometimes you can outgrow each other or change and need to move on which can naturally happen in any relationship. It’s not the most joyful time, but don’t feel bad if you need to call it quits with your business partner. It’s not a failure and surely there have been many good and successful work completed together.
Your business partner is one of the most important people you spend time with. Even though it’s a professional business relationship, it’s natural for it to be personal and warm too. Value the person who you choose to partner up with to do business and you will have a positive outlook for your future business success.
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