Farmer harvesting vanilla beans on his farm (© Thomas Cristofoletti/USAID)

Connecting Indonesian vanilla farmers to the U.S. market

Learn how a U.S.-backed program has helped more than 5,000 Indonesian small farmers sell vanilla and other spices to major businesses worldwide.
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New pact will spur North American economic growth

The U.S. will soon implement a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada that will expand markets and increase jobs across North America.
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This startup helps the environment … and its workers

An innovative Panamanian startup supports women in business, provides jobs for paroled prisoners and helps to recycle organic waste.
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Ice cream shops, one in Texas and one in Belize, share...

A young entrepreneur in Belize sharpened his focus on employee development after interning at a chain of Texas ice cream parlors.
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Here’s one way women-owned startups find financing

In Denmark, the U.S. Embassy teamed up with a local organization to equip female entrepreneurs with the support they need to succeed.
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Vietnamese businesswomen learn secrets to success

Thanks to the popular "Startup Smart" program, women entrepreneurs in Vietnam are learning how to make their business dreams come true.
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In Peru, women are launching more businesses

An online program for entrepreneurs is helping Peruvian women launch their own business ventures and boost their local economies.
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An uptick in hiring by women employers

Women-owned businesses with employees are hiring at increasing rates, recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows.
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Creating networks for 1 million Pakistani women

Companies in the United States and Pakistan have promised to help Pakistani women and girls achieve in the workplace through dedicated mentorships.