Resources: Critical Questions
Critical Matters to Address
Doing business in the U.S. can be complicated for small and mid-sized international companies that lack a comprehensive support infrastructure with expertise in U.S. regulations and requirements, and which do not have insight into the U.S. economic and cultural climate. Axelia Partners, formerly Marie Landel & Associates, fulfills this role for its clients and has helped hundreds of companies navigate the unique U.S. marketplace.
While the business goals, circumstances, and industry type vary from client to client, the key questions any organization should consider, before they begin the process of expanding into the U.S., remain the same.
- What choices of legal structures are available and which one will best protect my business (e.g., C-Corp, LLC, or branch). What does the incorporation process entail?
- Where and why do we need to register to do business?
- What regulations on investments can we face?
- What are the roles of officers and directors? How are they appointed?
- What type of visas are required should we expatriate key employees to the U. S.? How are individual taxes structured?
- What is the process to hire and terminate employees in the U.S.? How can we design a competitive hiring and staff-retention strategy?
- What employment laws are in place in the U.S., and what are the common expectations for salary and benefits?
- How are business taxes structured in the U.S.?
- What accounting and audit requirements can I expect to encounter?
- What type of general and liability insurances are available to protect my business?