Over the past three years, business owners and entrepreneurs
have told us that they don’t have the time or resources to navigate the maze of
government agencies and need a one stop shop where they could go for all the
assistance they need at every stage of their development. As President
Obama said in his State of the Union address last month, we need to give U.S.
businesses every opportunity and tool to succeed and not a maze to navigate. And as Secretary Bryson has said multiple times
while traveling to manufacturers in Columbus, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, and
Minneapolis, we need to support American businesses so they can build their
products here in America and sell them everywhere around the world.
This is why the Obama Administration is launching a new
online platform, BusinessUSA, to help
small businesses and exporters of all sizes find information about available
federal programs without having to waste time and resources navigating the
federal bureaucracy. BusinessUSA combines information and services from 10
different government agencies through one consolidated website and coordinate
telephone support through a single 1-800 number. The BusinessUSA website went
live today with hundreds of business resources consolidated in one place including Commerce’s International Trade Agency, Census
Bureau, Patent and Trademark Office, several other Commerce bureaus, as well
as, multiple other government agencies.
BusinessUSA is a platform to make it easier than ever for
businesses to access services to help them grow and hire from the day they need
technical assistance to start a business, to the day they start building a product
and need financing, to the day they are ready to export and need help breaking
into new markets overseas.
It’s a “No Wrong Door” approach for small businesses and
exporters, creating a common platform to match businesses with the services
relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which
agency’s website, call center, or office they go to for help. And as more
federal agencies publish content through web services, the more we will be able
to highlight the most relevant information and programs from across the