You'll find assistance with researching, planning, and starting your new outside-the-U.S. business from the groups below. Also, don't forget to inquire at other companies in the country you're targeting, as well as local attorneys and accountants.

- Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service,
U.S embassy staffers can make introductions, set up appointments, help you find local partners, and provide cultural insight in more than 120 countries. You can also locate the DOC Export Assistance Centers nearest you.

- USAID Global Technology Network,
Find foreign business leads.

- Overseas Private Investment Corporation,, (202) 336-8400
Offers help with financing and insurance for Americans with overseas partners.

- Business Council for International Understanding,, (212) 490-0460.
Acts as a neutral facilitator among businesses, U.S. foreign service members, and foreign dignitaries, and helps businesspeople make contacts.

- International Business Information Centre, Thunderbird American Graduate School of Inter-national Management,, (602) 978-7232
A fee-based information research service on countries, offering analysis of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.