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.


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.


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

Mark Hamer
Director, Business Development - Asia
Phone: 1-501-682-2551

Lenka Horakova
Director, Business Development - Europe
Phone: 1-501-682-5196

Esperanza Massana
Director, Business Development - South America
Phone: 1-501-682-7684

China Office
Lindsay Liu
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
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

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


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 has the second lowest percentage of union membership in the US with 3.5 percent (2013)
  • Arkansas ranked second overall in CNBC's America's Top States for Business Ranking in 2014; Average manufacturing wage in Arkansas is $18.99, which is 22 percent below national average
  • State-sponsored, custom-built, training assistance programs
  • Access to university training 






Foreign-Owned Companies in Arkansas

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



Europe and Russia

Africa and the Middle East

The Americas


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

Thomas Cook, Port Director
Adams Field Air Cargo Warehouse
Little Rock, AR 72202

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

Darryl Little, Director 1 
Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205


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

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
Room 2661, 26/F New Town Center Building
83 Loushanguan Road
Shanghai, China 200336
Phone: (86-21)-3133-2661
Fax: (86-21)-3133-2686