Ease of Doing Business

See why there is no better place to start a business

The United States is consistently ranked among the best internationally for its overall competitiveness and ease of doing business. Backed by a regulatory environment that is particularly conducive to starting and operating a business, U.S. business culture encourages free enterprise and competition. As a stable democracy with a transparent and predictable legal system, all companies – regardless of national origin – compete on an even playing field.

Doing Business

The World Bank’s Doing Business report measures business regulations in key global markets – from how easy it is to start a business through permitting connecting to utilities, getting credit, enforcing contracts, and trading across borders. See why the U.S. ranks first among countries with populations of more than 100 million.

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Transparent, Stable, and Fair Legal System

As a stable democracy with a transparent and predictable legal system, the United States treats foreign and domestic firms equally under the law. U.S. state and local economic development organizations promote and encourage business growth, while the regulatory system provides predictability and ample operational freedom.

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Freedom to Choose

The United States welcomes free enterprise and encourages economic growth – a new business is born about every minute. From location to business structure, it is entirely up to each investor how they would like to form a business in the United States. Additionally, while the procedures for incorporating and registering a business varies by state/territory, the process is typically straightforward, fast, and inexpensive.

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Open Investment Policy

Foreign direct investment has been central to the U.S. economy since the nation’s founding. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan issued the “Statement on International Investment Policy,” which stated that international investment that “responds to market forces” is “a vital and necessary ingredient in a stable, growing world economy.” Every president since has followed suit in committing to openness.  This means that foreign investors receive non-discriminatory treatment in almost all sectors, and compete on an even playing field in the United States.

Getting Started

A Resource Ecosystem to Support Entrepreneurs

The U.S. provides start-up support through entrepreneurial ecosystems featuring next-generation businesses, working spaces, venture capital, educational institutions, and designated spaces. This session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy looks at examples of successful ecosystems and discusses how entrepreneurs can best network these features.

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Soft Landing Programs

Enterprises entering the United States can utilize soft landing programs that help centralize resources (e.g. legal services, accounting, business mentoring, business development resources) and facilitate connections with local university clusters and trade associations. This session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy features experts who run soft landing programs in the United States.

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Trade & Investment Regulations

Global trade policies continue to evolve with changes in commerce, digital trade, and specific markets’ strengths and priority sectors. As these changes manifest in policy, companies need to evaluate their investment decisions based on the global trade environment. This breakout panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit covers how businesses can adapt and benefit in this changing environment.

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