International Business

International Business

We have a proud history for being a gracious and accommodating host to international corporations. Here you'll find the information and resources needed to help you make Arkansas your American home.

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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Global Business Development team assists international companies in making the right investment decision. Its goal is to ensure that locating in Arkansas enhances the company's competitiveness around the world and, at the same time, enhances Arkansas's economy. AEDC's activities and tools include:

  • Site location data
  • Building specification
  • Infrastructure assistance
  • Utilities
  • Permitting assistance
  • Performance-based incentives
  • Workforce training assistance and incentives
  • Community leadership engagement

Whether expanding an internationally-based company already located in Arkansas, or if you are considering Arkansas for the first time, please contact our International Project Managers to start your Arkansas success story.

CONTACT US

AEDC Main Office
900 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 400
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Mark Hamer
International Project Manager - Asia
mhamer@arkansasedc.com
Phone: 1-501-682-2551

Lenka Horakova
International Project Manager - Europe
lhorakova@arkansasedc.com
Phone: 1-501-682-5196

China Office
Lindsay Liu
lindsay.liu@arkansasedc.com
Room 2661, 26/F New Town Center Building
83 Loushanguan Road
Shanghai, China 200336
Phone: (86-21)-3133-2661
Fax: (86-21)-3133-2686

Japan and Southeast Asia Office
Neal Jansen, Director
njansen@arkansasedc.com
www.arkansasedc-japan.com
State of Arkansas Japan Office
Toranomon 40MT Bldg., 7th Floor
Tokyo, Japan 105-0001
Phone: +81-3-4530-9815
Fax: +81-3-4530-9800

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission partners with the World Trade Center in Rogers, Arkansas, to encourage and expedite trade activity in Arkansas.

World Trade Center, Rogers, Arkansas
Mr. W. Dan Hendrix
President and CEO
3300 Market Street, Suite 400
Rogers, Arkansas 72758
Phone: 1-479-418-4800
www.arwtc.org

Mexican Consulate headed by Consul Anderes Chao Ebergenyi serves Mexican community in Arkansas and supports bilateral political and trade relations between Arkansas and Mexico.

Consulado de México en Little Rock
3500 South University Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
Telephone: 1-501-372 6933
Facsimile: 1-501-372 6109
consulmexlir@comcast.net

WHY LOCATE IN ARKANSAS

Top Reasons why Arkansas is an excellent place to locate and expand your business

  • Low market entry cost
  • Arkansas ranked ninth in cost of doing business index
  • Strategic location in the Mid-South U.S.
  • Extensive multimodal transportation network and low-cost utility infrastructure
  • Competitive financial and tax incentive programs for job creation, investment and training
  • Arkansas's pro-business agenda
  • Right-to-work state
  • AEDC is a lead agency for Arkansas in recruiting foreign direct investment
  • Quality of life

Workforce Advantages

  • Skilled, well-trained manufacturing workforce
  • Low turnover rates
  • Arkansas is a non-union state
  • Arkansas ranked sixth best for cost of labor according to a study done by Milken Institute; Average manufacturing wage in Arkansas is $13.50, which is 20 percent below national average
  • State-sponsored, custom-built, training assistance programs
  • Access to university training 

 

What Others Said About Arkansas

"Jonesboro offers a perfect environment for alternative energy companies. It is centrally located, has an ideal infrastructure, and a large, skilled workforce. We appreciate the state and local support throughout the planning process and look forward to ongoing positive and productive relationships," stated Ralf Sigrist, President of Nordex USA, Inc.

"We couldn't be happier with the location" adds Roland M. Sundén. "Not only is the site ideally located to serve some of the central US demand for wind development, but Arkansas was able to accommodate our aggressive ramp up schedule and we have every confidence they will exceed our stated goals. The site itself offers excellent logistical options, whether by road, rail, air or marine. And when we considered the kind of amenities that are conducive for LM Glasfiber to attract and retain the people and talent we need, Little Rock was a natural choice for us."

ARKANSAS ON THE MAP

 

GLOBAL RECRUITMENT

Foreign-Owned Companies in Arkansas

French Companies in Arkansas
German Companies in Arkansas
Japanese Companies in Arkansas
UK Companies in Arkansas

General

Asia

Europe and Russia

Africa and the Middle East

The Americas

INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS

The United States Customs Service enforces U.S. customs law for international shipments and provides evaluation and assessment of import duties on incoming shipments.

Glen Petitt, Port Director
Adams Field Air Cargo Warehouse
Little Rock, AR 72202
501-324-5289

The Arkansas State Plant Board issues phytosanitary certificates for all international shipments of non-processed goods.

Don Alexander, Director 1 
Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-225-1598
donalexander@aspb.state.ar.us

WORLDWIDE OFFICES

Japan and Southeast Asia Office

Neal Jansen is the Director of the State of Arkansas Japan and Southeast Asia Office. Mr. Jansen is a native Arkansan from Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a BA in International Business and a minor in Japanese Studies. After graduation, he spent 2 years in the JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program). During the last 3 years, Mr. Jansen has worked at Seiyu (Walmart) at their headquarters in Tokyo and has been involved in everything from stocking shelves to handling operational and security issues. Mr. Jansen speaks, reads, and writes Japanese at a very high-level of proficiency.

Mr. Jansen will continue the work of recruiting Japanese companies to Arkansas to create jobs for Arkansans as well as maintaining good relationships with the headquarters of Japanese companies already in Arkansas.

Neal Jansen 
State of Arkansas Japan and Southeast Asia Office 
Toranomon 40MT Bldg., 7th Floor 
5-13-1, Toranomon, Minatoku-ku, 
Tokyo, Japan 105-0001 
Phone: +81-3-4530-9815 
Fax: +81-3-4530-9800 
njansen@arkansasedc.com 
www.arkansasedc-japan.com

China Office

Under the direction of Lindsay Liu, AEDC's China Office works to build relations between China and Arkansas to bring industry to the Natural State. Ms. Liu joined AEDC's China Office as a chief representative in April 2010. Prior to her work with Arkansas, she was the managing director of the  China Office for the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Ms. Liu brings a wealth of business connections to her position. As a prior account director at Fleishman-Hillard, one of the world's leading public relations firms, she assisted numerous clients in developing business relationships with CEOs and their companies in China. Her practice focused on public affairs, public policies and regulations, government relationships and corporate communications.

Her previous management experience includes seven years with the premium hotel group, the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Before joinging Fleishman-Hillard, she led a team of 14 employees at the Horizon Club in the Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing.

Ms. Liu holds a bachelor of arts degree from Guangxi Normal University, where she majored in English. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Lindsay Liu
lindsay.liu@arkansasedc.com
Room 2661, 26/F New Town Center Building
83 Loushanguan Road
Shanghai, China 200336
Phone: (86-21)-3133-2661
Fax: (86-21)-3133-2686