Key Business Links

Business Tools

  • BIDS: The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral development 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.
  • Direct Line for American Business: The Direct Line for American Business program connects 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. For more information and to receive announcements of new calls, please visit
  • BusinessUSA.Gov: 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.

U.S. Government Resources

  • Department of Commerce: Works to strengthen the international economic position of the United States and facilitates global trade by opening up new markets for U.S. goods and services.
    • U.S. Commercial Service: Provides critical trade information, personalized counseling, superior facilities, and access to foreign markets.
  • Department of Energy: Works to ensure the United States’ energy future, scientific and technological leadership, and nuclear security and to resolve the environmental legacy of the cold war.
  • Department of State: Connects U.S. government agencies to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.
  • Export.Gov Portal: Brings 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.
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank): Enables U.S. companies – large and small – to turn export opportunities into real sales that help maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.
  • National IPR Center: Stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property theft.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC): Helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs, and growth opportunities both at home and abroad.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR): Develops and coordinates U.S. international trade and direct investment policies; oversees negotiations with other countries.
  • Patent and Trademark Office: Furthers effective intellectual property (IP) protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA): Provides support to U.S. small businesses and small business owners across the nation through loans, access to federal contracts, and counseling.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA): Links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

Venezuelan Government Resources (in Spanish)

Multilateral Organizations – Venezuela Pages

Trade and Other Associations

Trade Show Directories