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    BIDS:

    The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to the minute information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas. Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.  

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    Direct Line for American Business:

    The Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses and American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our "country team." You will get up to the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business. 

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    Business USA:

    BusinessUSA is a White House initiative that serves as an electronic clearing house for U.S. Government information and assistance that relates to business. 

 

U.S. Government Resources

  • Department of Commerce: Although the Department of Commerce is not present in Slovenia, we still provide their products to help businesses find distributors, partners or representatives for the Slovene market.  For more specific information about the services we offer, visit our services
  • Export.gov: Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.  Export.gov also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
  • Export Import Bank of the United States: The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) is an independent, self-sustaining agency with more than 80 years record of supporting U.S. jobs by financing the export of American goods and services.
  • National IPR Center: The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR): The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is the United States government agency responsible for developing and recommending United States trade policy to the president of the United States, conducting trade negotiations at bilateral and multilateral levels, and coordinating trade policy within the government through the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) and Trade Policy Review Group (TPRG
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation: The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), is the U.S. Government's development finance institution.  It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges.  Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad.  OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, political risk insurance, and support for private equity funds.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides support to U.S. small businesses and small –business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency: The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

Other Resources

  • AmChams: AmChams advance the interests of American business overseas.  They are voluntary associations of American companies and individuals doing business in a particular country, as well as firms and individuals of that country who operate in the U.S.  Currently, 115 AmChams in 102 countries are affiliated with U.S. AmCham.  For information on Slovenia’s AmCham chapter, please visit the AmCham Slovenia page.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Slovenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues business visas and has other information and resources related to business in the country. 
  • SPIRIT - Slovenian Public Agency for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Development, Investment and Tourism (“SPIRIT”).  SPIRT promotes Slovenian exports and investment in the country.  The agency also assists foreign investors in obtaining investment information and making contact with relevant government agencies or officials. 
  • Slovenian Intellectual Property Office: The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”) is the office responsible for registering and protecting intellectual property in Slovenia.  SIPO is a member of WIPO.
  • Customs Administration: The Slovenian Customs Administration deals with import procedures for all goods entering Slovenia.   Companies may contact the Administration to receive a detailed response to any import or duty related inquiry. 
  • Ljubljana Stock Exchange: The Ljubljana Stock Exchange (“LISE”) is Slovenia’s primary exchange for securities.  LISE currently has a relatively small daily volume of trades in comparison to other international exchanges. 
  • Statistical Office: The Statistical Office is a national organization dealing with all statistics in the country including business / trade statistics. SO is a member of European statistical organization and thus all of its statistics are harmonized with, and comparable across, the EU.
  • Employment Service of Slovenia- Info Point for Foreigners
  • Doing Business in Slovenia – A Practical Guide, CICD
  • World Bank - IFC "Doing Business 2017" in Slovenia


Trade Shows

Slovenia offers three major trade show sites: Ljubljana Fair, Celje Fair, and Pomurje Fair.

For calendar of events for each site, please click on links below:


Procurement and other opportunities

Procurement opportunities are listed on a Public Procurement Portal.

The tenders are listed by their expiration date and classifies in two main categories, small and large tenders. The portal is in Slovene only.

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Report IP Theft

  • Report IP Theft Logo U.S. government's clearinghouse for investigations into counterfeiting and piracy.
    Click on the logo to report IP Theft or visit the following website: http://www.iprcenter.gov/referral.