Getting Started in the U.S.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit

SelectUSA 2018: The world’s top investment event. The world’s top investment destination.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the premier event showcasing investment opportunities in the United States. The 2018 Summit will bring together companies from all over the world and economic development organizations from every corner of the United States.

To register for the top FDI event in the country, please visit the Summit website. For more information, contact Marie Josee Andrieu

Read the Top 5 Reasons (PDF – 268Kb) to attend the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

Doing Business in the U.S.

On this page, you will find a quick description of resources available for companies in France considering investments in the United States and some suggestions for getting started.

Investing in the USA

The United States is the world’s largest economy and has the world’s third-largest population, with a gross domestic product of over $17 trillion and a population of more than 317 million people. It is also one of the richest economies in the world. The country’s per capita GDP of over $51,000 leads major developed economies. The United States has a lucrative and open consumer market, as well as access via free trade agreements to about 425 million more customers for goods and services that are produced in the United States. For more information about the business climate in the United States, click here

Getting Started

  1. Contact us at the U.S. Commercial Service to discuss your interests and needs.
  2. Visit the website to obtain general information about investing in the United States. SelectUSA seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as location for business and investment.  From a vast domestic market, to a transparent legal system, to the most innovative companies in the world, America is the place for business.  On the website you can browse business incentives offered by different states and territories. Most U.S. states have an economic development office based in Europe. Please visit the website of the Council of American States in Europe.
    Official website of the United States Small Business Administration. Web site’s focus is on small and medium-sized business, but much of the information is applicable to businesses of all sizes.
  4. Cluster Mapping Tool
    The Project aims to provide policymakers and development practitioners across America with the data and tools for assessing regional cluster strengths, business environment characteristics, and innovation assets; with case studies on and toolkits for formulating development strategies; and with a directory profiling active cluster initiatives throughout the country
  5. Business Law & Regulations
    This section helps you with the day-to-day legal issues that could affect your small business.
  6. State and Local Regulations
    Step-by-step instructions for complying with state and local regulations when starting or running a business.

The Summit provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring together investors from all over the world, economic development organizations from every corner of the nation, others working to facilitate investment in the United States, and high-level government officials.

The 2017 Summit, that will take place on June 18-20, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (Washington, D.C. area).

Investors, including representative of international and domestic businesses of all sizes, that are seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States

Representatives of U.S. economic development organizations

Officials from U.S. state and local governments

Advisors, specialists, companies, chambers of commerce, and associations facilitating direct investment into the United States

If you are thinking about opening or expanding operations in the United States, then the SelectUSA Summit will help you find the answers you need more efficiently, saving you time and money.

The United States is a land of diverse opportunities; our consumer market, our workers, our technology, and our resources are vast and varied. This diversity means that there are opportunities for nearly every company – from start-ups to medium-sized enterprises to multinationals. The SelectUSA Investment Summit aims to provide unprecedented access to these opportunities – all under one roof. You’ll have the opportunity to:

Meet with economic development professionals, service providers, and government leaders through our robust online matchmaking program to get the tools and information you need to make a smart investment in the United States.

Where else can you meet over 1,000 investors who are looking for a location for their business operations? You’ll have the opportunity to:

Meet with investors through our improved online matchmaking program;

Showcase the advantages that your location has to offer in the Exhibition Hall;

Learn about the latest trends and issues, as well as resources to help you more effectively reach investors; and

Connect with other economic developers, service providers, and government officials who can share tools and information to help you attract more jobs locally.

The high-level Summit program will take place June 18-20, 2017 and costs $799. The Summit fee includes access to high-level plenary and breakout panel sessions, use of a robust matchmaking system, an exhibit hall filled with economic development officials from across the United States, breakfast and lunch each day (except one dinner) and coffee breaks.

United Airlines offers a 10% discount on roundtrip flights.

For any information, please write to our SelectUSA contact at