Business Development

Our business development services support your entry and expansion in the U.S. market. We help you become, and remain, successful. Through market analyses, a targeted business partner search, networking opportunity, or even a virtual office, we facilitate your market entry activities in the U.S.

General Information Service

Understanding the dynamics of the U.S. market is key to success. For over 40 years, the GACC South has been supporting small and medium-sized German companies with their activities in the U.S. We are an experienced, trustworthy partner and can provide individual consultations. Our employees know the particularities of both countries and are ready to help with any questions you may have.

As a Chamber of Commerce, we assume a mediation role to objectively resolve potential misunderstandings between the debtor and creditor. Our staff utilizes their knowledge of German and American business culture to efficiently handle your case. In the event of bankruptcy filings or other legal proceedings, we can help the creditor find a German-speaking lawyer. In addition to a low initial fee, commissions only apply in successful collection cases.

Market Potential Analysis

Our services aim to support you with your U.S. market entry and secure your company’s long-term success. Especially for companies with little experience operating in the U.S., it is crucial to conduct a thorough examination of the market potential and an analysis of the competitive situation. The goal of the market research is to identify barriers to market entry so that we may help you respond effectively.

Business Plan Service

Business plans play a critical role in establishing your presence in the U.S. market. One that has been tailored to reflect the unique qualities of your business can mean the difference between success and failure. Our bilingual employees are familiar with the challenges facing your market expansion.

We offer well-qualified planning and implementation support for you and your employees. With this knowledge and expertise, we can help you prepare a business plan and develop your strategy for the U.S. market.  This can also be used as part of the visa application process for certain visa types.

Establishing a Company in the U.S.

In contrast to Germany, incorporating a business in the U.S. is less bureaucratic, and even possible online. Before choosing the appropriate legal form of a company, an initial consultation with a lawyer and/or accountant is highly recommended.

The GACC South has access to a broad network of German-speaking international lawyers and accountants who are all familiar with both the German and American legal systems. At your request, we can connect you with the appropriate contacts and assist with the incorporation of your business. This creates flexibility for you to not have to immediately be physically present in the U.S.

Address Research

Our tailored address research service provides profiles of American companies. This allows you to obtain information about potential business partners in the U.S. We utilize business databases and listings to compile a list of target companies based on your specific criteria, including all available contact information.

Business Partner Search

The goal of the Business Partner Search is to establish a solid foundation for long-term business relationships by arranging productive meetings. We can organize your business trip to the U.S. and would be happy to support you during your visit. In doing so, we can create a target list of potential business partners based on the specifications and requirements you provide.

Each target company will be contacted to verify the appropriate contact person and their interest in your products or services. We can also assist you in adapting your marketing materials to the specifications of the U.S. market.

Business Representation

Our Business Representation service encompasses a comprehensive package of services, which are tailored to your needs. Our services enable you to open a subsidiary in the U.S. without the need for investment in costly infrastructure.

Using your own company name, you will receive a business address and a telephone number. Furthermore, a member of our full-time consulting staff will be assigned as the primary point of contact for you and your customers. Depending on your business’s industry focus and your existing network, you have the option to choose an address in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, or Miami.

Office-in-Office Representation

The GACC South offers economical office-in-office representation solutions to facilitate efficient U.S. market entry. This assists in avoiding substantial upfront investments into office suites or other infrastructure. Our modern incubator spaces come with amenities including phone and copier services, LAN and WiFi internet connections, reception area, conference room facilities, and more. Office-in-office representation clients also benefit from immediate local access to the GACC South network and the affiliated German business community.

Site Selection USA

The complex nature of site selection requires a consultant familiar with the U.S. environment. The professionals at GACC South can navigate you through this process. As official representatives of German industry, their objective is to always provide independent and neutral advice.

Credit Rating Information and Collection Services

U.S.-based businesses are among the most important trade partners for German companies. Unfortunately, invoices are sometimes delayed or a client might fail to remit payment altogether. The GACC South provides support to German companies with these matters by offering assistance in collecting overdue invoices from defaulting debtors in the U.S.

Credit Rating Information

Although the specific arrangements of new business partnerships are legally secured through contracts, it is often difficult to assess the potential risk of working with a company. In order to avoid profit loss and evaluate the risk of a business relationship, we can support you by obtaining a credit report of a business partner. This allows you to review their credit rating and history of payments in order to make an informed decision about engaging in a partnership.

Collection Services

There are numerous reasons why U.S. companies might delay payments. Misunderstandings involving the incorrect contact person or language barriers are the primary causes. Sometimes, the distance from Germany is to blame—some debtors believe they are not within the jurisdiction of German creditors and therefore do not have to meet their financial obligations. Experience has shown that this is not the case. The GACC South aims to achieve an out-of-court settlement of debt cases, presenting a cost-effective method for companies collecting payment.

Trade Show Service

A trade show is the perfect platform to present your products and services to an international audience. To meet requirements, local market experience is crucial. While connecting with potential business partners, we help you master the high expectations of buyers and visitors.

Our service offering includes:

  • Selecting relevant trade shows
  • Planning travel arrangements
  • Designing and Constructing booth set-up and breakdown
  • Providing bilingual representation
  • Supporting deadlines and state-by-state legal requirements