How to Find Chinese Business Partners

There are an array of resources available to American entrepeneurs who want to do business in China.
There are an array of resources available to American entrepeneurs who want to do business in China. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

According to data from the World Bank, the rapid growth that China has experienced in the last two decades, shows no signs of slowing down. While the Chinese government still controls many aspects of the commercial landscape, the private sector has never been stronger. Fortunately, American entrepreneurs looking for Chinese business partners can find an array of support and useful information within close reach.

Things You'll Need

  • Gold Key Service application
  • Gold Key Service fees
  • Airfare to and from China
  • Passport
  • Visa

Contact the China Business Information Center branch of the U.S. Commercial Service( Request information on current Chinese business trends for your specific industry. Request a free consultation with The American Bar Association's China Intellectual Property Rights Advisory Program. Learn how to protect your trademark, patent or copyrights when conducting business in China.

Take the self-assessment test offered by the U.S. Commercial Service that determines if you're ready to do business in China. Study the free Chinese city profiles and company reports the U.S. Commercial Service provides. Decide where and with whom you want to partner.

Apply for the Gold Key Service run by the U.S. Commercial Service. Hire them to set up meetings between you and the potential partners within your industry that you've identified. Participate in a Gold Key Service briefing on how to conduct business in China.

Apply for or confirm that your current passport is up to date. Apply for your visa at the Chinese Embassy. Fly to China. Meet with your appointed U.S. Commercial Service representative and prospective Chinese business partners. Introduce your brand. Propose your partnership idea.

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