Doing Business in Slovakia
I. Exporting to Slovakia
President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) http://www.export.gov two years ago, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014. The U.S. embassy is committed to helping U.S. companies start exporting or grow their exports to Slovakia. In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Slovakia as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.
Practical steps a potential investor should follow to make best use of USG services:
Visit the export.gov page on Slovakia to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts. Visit the export.gov page on Slovakia to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities.
- Country Commercial Guides (read latest "Doing Business In" guides)
- Industry Overviews
- Market Updates
- Multilateral Development Bank Reports
- Best Markets
- Industry/Regional Reports
- Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Slovakia. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You.
- Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
- Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia or U.S. Commercial Service.
- Make use of business matchmaking services.
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II. Investing in Slovakia
This section provides information for current and potential investors in Slovakia.
Potential investors: Getting Started.
If you are considering investment in Slovakia, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:
- Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
- Visit Slovakia resources, such as SARIO.
- Contact local U.S. business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia or U.S. Commercial Service.
- Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page.
Current investors: Staying Connected.
If you are a current U.S. investor in Slovakia, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:
- Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Slovakia, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
- Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
- Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page.
- Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise.
III. Working in Slovakia
In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.
American citizens intending to enter Slovakia, a member of the Schengen area, for tourism or business not exceeding 90 days within any 6-month period of time do not need a visa. For stays longer than 90 days please read Stay in Slovakia over 90 days.
Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Slovakia.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.
A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.
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- BusinessUSA.gov is the U.S. Government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing, and exporting.