Strategic Partners

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Business Development and Consulting

China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance logo

The China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting health and the global environment by working with China to harness energy efficiency as a preferred energy resource. Since 2005, the Alliance (in cooperation with the Natural Resources Defense Council – NRDC) has worked closely with industry, government and others to develop and implement projects and policies to improve energy efficiency in China. As a Strategic Partner, the Alliance works to increase access to Chinese markets for American businesses that focus on energy efficiency solutions.

Long Island Forum for Technology Logo

LIFT is a multi-sectorial non-profit economic development organization on Long Island and works with government and private economic development partners to foster an innovation eco-system that promotes technology-based product development and new business startups. LIFT operates two Innovation Centers one being a 90,000 sq. ft. Homeland Security Center and the other a 25,000 sq. ft. Composite Prototyping Center providing companies with access to technical experts and process equipment to help them develop their products using composite materials. LIFT also provides direct business assistance to companies to enhance their operational performance.

The Middle East & North Africa Consultants Association was founded by a group of independent consultants with two complementary goals:

1) to create a forum to better educate the U.S. business community on opportunities and business practices in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and 2) to create a centralized platform where those interested in doing business in the region can find expert assistance. Through our extensive network, we connect companies with a variety of potential regional partners, vendors, public and private agencies, and professional services advisors to facilitate more effective and efficient business transactions in the MENA region.

SeekPanda's Logo

SeekPanda is Asia’s top curated marketplace for on-demand, professional interpreters and translators, particularly focused on China. We have 500+ professionals available on the ground in China and in other Asian countries, serving hundreds of customers across 20+ specialized industries. Our interpreters have supported high profile government delegations such as U.S Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's April 2015 mission, as well as several of the world’s leading expert networks and Fortune 500 companies. Our management team is based in Beijing and Seattle, and has previous work experience at Credit Suisse, Bain & Company, and other major professional services firms.

St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) logo

The St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) is a non-profit organization, located in Louisiana, which acts as a conduit between businesses and the community. STEDF works to strengthen and support the business climate by attracting new business, retaining existing businesses, and facilitating employment opportunities. STEDF provides site selection assistance, customized demographic statistics and reports, identifies federal, state and local incentives, helps existing businesses grow by conducting regular on-site visits, facilitate problem resolution, and host business assistance forums. STEDF partners provide a variety of services such as business consulting, marketing, exporting, and technical assistance.

Virginia SBDC Logo

The Virginia SBDC delivers business counseling, training, and information to existing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDC counselors meet one-on-one with business owners and provide practical advice and objective guidance. Areas of counseling include business plan refinement, loan packaging assistance, financial analysis, export and trade assistance, strategic plan development, market assessment, certifications and procurement, and general start-up guidance. SBDCs also offer workshops covering a broad range of topics.

The Virginia SBDC is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University and institutions of higher education, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations. There are 29 local offices across Virginia


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