The Direct Line program provides a unique opportunity for American businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to engage directly via teleconference with U.S. Ambassadors overseas. The program is open to American companies already operating in the country where the Ambassador serves, or that are interested in expanding their businesses into those countries. There is a calendar of calls at http://www.state.gov/e/eb/directline/ and we encourage businesses to sign up for alerts. Over 500 participants have joined calls to date across 18 different markets including China, Indonesia, and Turkey.

The BusinessTab is another key feature to improve the American business community's access to relevant information on U.S. Embassy websites. There are now standard businesss navigation tabs on all U.S. Embassy websites making it easy to access business resources for export and investment.