International Business Assistance Report Coming to North America? International Concierge Services To help non-U.S. companies establish their business in North America, the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) has created a unique program providing expert resources to ease critical business startup issues and assist firms in locating to Richardson, Texas. Resources provided by REDP, local Richardson Chamber of Commerce member companies and consultants include: Start-up check list (provided by REDP) Market analysis / business plan review (service provided by REDP) Legal assistance (incorporation, immigration/visas, intellectual property, etc.) International banking (setting up a U.S. bank account, currency exchanges, etc.) Soft-landing office space CPA / accounting assistance Translation services International business consulting Import / export assistance Logistics / transportation services Public relations and advertising services Country specific importation knowledge Relocation services Commercial real estate services Human resources / staffing / recruiting services Marketing, business development, management consulting services International business consulting Other services as required Cost of Services The costs of the services listed above may vary based on the level of assistance needed. A quotation for each service offered will be provided by each service provider based on the requesting company's requirements. Export Services To assist local Richardson Chamber of Commerce member companies initiate or increase their export business a "concierge service program" has been created to provide needed export services. Local businesses, organizations and consultants have been selected to participate in the program to "ease" the process of "going global" for Richardson companies. Types of Services Offered The type of services that will be offered will include the following: Certificates of Origin Seminars on exporting featuring export speakers from: U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service North Texas District Export Council International Trade Center Richardson Chamber of Commerce Import/export consultants Local companies exporting Others Legal referrals for IP/Licensing assistance International banking (Set up a bank account; letters of credit; credit lines; currency exchanges; export financing, etc.) Logistic/transportation services Translation services Specific country/region importation knowledge SBA S.C.O.R.E. marketing, sales, business development services Overseas business introductions: Local international chambers of commerce referrals Consulates and embassy referrals Overseas trade associations referrals Chamber members with overseas contacts Other services as required For more information, please contact Mike Skelton, Director, Mayor's Office of International Business.