Strategic Partners

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Business Development and Consulting

Channels’ core business is assisting US small and medium enterprises in their evaluation of the UAE (Dubai), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain markets, market entry strategy, partner identification and assessment, in addition to hosting visiting delegations for trade missions and at regional tradeshows. Companies that we assist come from virtually every sector. Our experience includes but is not limited to the following industries: aerospace, education, healthcare, alternative energy, transportation/infrastructure, oil & gas, ICT, food & ag, and retail. Channels is the official trade representation office for the US states of Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance logo

The China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting health and the global environment by working with China to harness energy efficiency as a preferred energy resource. Since 2005, the Alliance (in cooperation with the Natural Resources Defense Council – NRDC) has worked closely with industry, government and others to develop and implement projects and policies to improve energy efficiency in China. As a Strategic Partner, the Alliance works to increase access to Chinese markets for American businesses that focus on energy efficiency solutions.

GREATER MSP (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership) is a private non-profit organization (501C3) dedicated to providing public and private sector leadership, coordination and engagement to grow the economy of the 16-county Minneapolis Saint Paul region. With its economic development partners throughout the region, GREATER MSP is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated regional brand to promote the region’s assets and a coordinated regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the region. The organization is also promoting a regional talent strategy to attract and retain talented workers.

Long Island Forum for Technology Logo

LIFT is a multi-sectorial non-profit economic development organization on Long Island and works with government and private economic development partners to foster an innovation eco-system that promotes technology-based product development and new business startups. LIFT operates two Innovation Centers one being a 90,000 sq. ft. Homeland Security Center and the other a 25,000 sq. ft. Composite Prototyping Center providing companies with access to technical experts and process equipment to help them develop their products using composite materials. LIFT also provides direct business assistance to companies to enhance their operational performance.

The Middle East & North Africa Consultants Association was founded by a group of independent consultants with two complementary goals:

1) to create a forum to better educate the U.S. business community on opportunities and business practices in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and 2) to create a centralized platform where those interested in doing business in the region can find expert assistance. Through our extensive network, we connect companies with a variety of potential regional partners, vendors, public and private agencies, and professional services advisors to facilitate more effective and efficient business transactions in the MENA region.

Platts is the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. Customers in over 150 countries look to Platts' expertise in news, pricing and analytics to deliver greater transparency and efficiency to markets and help them make better informed trading and business decisions. Founded in 1909, Platts' coverage includes oil and gas, power, petrochemicals, metals, agriculture and shipping. A division of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), Platts is headquartered in London and employs over 1,000 people in more than 15 offices worldwide.

SeekPanda's Logo

SeekPanda is Asia’s top curated marketplace for on-demand, professional interpreters and translators, particularly focused on China. We have 500+ professionals available on the ground in China and in other Asian countries, serving hundreds of customers across 20+ specialized industries. Our interpreters have supported high profile government delegations such as U.S Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's April 2015 mission, as well as several of the world’s leading expert networks and Fortune 500 companies. Our management team is based in Beijing and Seattle, and has previous work experience at Credit Suisse, Bain & Company, and other major professional services firms.


Trade Compliance Solutions (TCS) is a Northern Virginia Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and represents an informal network of top-notch professionals and providers across the country.  The primary focus of TCS is engaging, interactive, high-quality, hands-on, practical application and case study-based outreach, education and training.  TCS works with U.S. Export Assistance Centers, the National District Export Council (DEC), local DECs and other national and international hosts, sponsors and partners including: The Export Practitioner, Tyler Search and NASBITE International to coordinate, promote and execute trade and export control related events, seminars, workshops and executive roundtables across the country with emphasis on compliance with the letter & spirit of regulatory requirements.

St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) logo

The St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) is a non-profit organization, located in Louisiana, which acts as a conduit between businesses and the community. STEDF works to strengthen and support the business climate by attracting new business, retaining existing businesses, and facilitating employment opportunities. STEDF provides site selection assistance, customized demographic statistics and reports, identifies federal, state and local incentives, helps existing businesses grow by conducting regular on-site visits, facilitate problem resolution, and host business assistance forums. STEDF partners provide a variety of services such as business consulting, marketing, exporting, and technical assistance.

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