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.
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.Download (5 MB)
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.
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.
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.