Get Uncle Sam In Your Corner.

Sometimes doing business internationally takes more than a good product; it takes the muscle of Uncle Sam. That's where The Advocacy Center comes in.

Operated by the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the center helps entrepreneurs win contracts from foreign governments or government-owned businesses.

Among the considerations the center weighs when deciding whether to help a particular business is the impact on the United States--how many jobs it will create, for example. Information submitted is evaluated within days. If approved, actions taken can range from writing a letter to the involved foreign officials to making sure the issue is addressed during visits from international dignitaries.

For more information about The Advocacy Center, call (800) USA-TRADE or (202) 482-3896.

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This article was originally published in the September 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Southwest.

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