Entering the United States With Ease

Streamline your expansion into the United States with one source for insights, people, and tools for success.

The United States continues to welcome companies and investors from countries around the world. There are opportunities in every state and industry; CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) will work to help streamline your entrance into this exciting and growing marketplace.

As a business owner you are keen to tap into the talent pool and customer base that may await you in the United States. But the regulatory environment may be a bit more challenging compared to your home country. These challenges may include finances, regulations, taxes, personnel, and employee benefits.

That’s where CLA’s Global Advisory Services℠ can help.

CLA’s Global Advisory Services℠ are designed to answer your questions, resolve your challenges, and provide tools for success. We are a single resource with a vast network throughout the country to help you simplify complex issues and make your expansion a smooth one.

Whether you are a global corporation or an entrepreneurial start-up, you need confidence as you work with people in your home country and in the United States. CLA’s Global Advisory Services℠ offer professional resources, experience, and commitment to support your vision of success in any industry or business venture.

Our process begins by gaining a deep understanding of your business and your global expansion goals. Chances are, we already have experience in your industry. Consider us your guide for expansion into the United States. Your interests are always our first priority.

Benefit from our experience

Read how we're helping businesses from around the world make connections in the U.S. market.

Operating a global business requires a specific understanding of national, state, and local laws, regulations, culture, and business practices. You will gain all of this when you work with CLA. There are no borders or boundaries on our commitment to delivering the experienced people and resources you need to succeed. CLA is ranked as one of the largest professional services firms in the United States, with more than 50 years of quality, service, and experience in the private and public sectors.

Seamless services to help start and grow your business

Entity formation

The type of entity you choose for your company effects everything from taxes and financial reporting, to operations, strategic planning, and regulatory compliance. We can provide insight on the pros and cons of each type, help you choose the one that is most appropriate for your present and future needs, and coordinate the formation in each state and locality where you do business.

Banking set-up

Finding a capable and compatible banking partner is an important step toward establishing your business in the United States. We can assist you in making a choice that provides the services you need, including integrated online banking, foreign exchange, and cost-effective wire transfers for operations. We work with large national and local banks to provide all levels of knowledge and support. Our teams are well versed in foreign currency trading issues so we can advise you on ways to minimize fees for global funds transfers.

Employees and human resources

Whether your employees are here on assignment from overseas, or are recruited from the U.S. talent pool, we can assist with, coordinate, and assess your recruiting, payroll, and employee benefit needs. Immigration matters and visa applications can also be managed by our experienced staff. If you are looking to hire key employees, we offer talent strategies to help you understand the culture of your company and determine the most important attributes that you need in an employee. We save you time by doing all of the preliminary assessments and interviewing on your behalf. The result is a pool of talent that matches your corporate culture and strategy.

Insurance and benefits

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires many U.S. employers to provide certain minimal health care coverage for their employees. Understanding and implementing this complex law can be a daunting task. CLA applies years of insurance, health care, and employee benefits experience in virtually every industry. We also provide guidance on worker’s compensation and general business insurance, which is important when operating in the U.S. legal and regulatory environment.


Working closely with your legal and financial professionals in the United States and abroad, CLA professionals can help you develop tax strategies that align with your business goals.

Accounting (interim controller/CFO/full back-office support)

CLA’s professionals draw from deep industry experience to provide full- and part-time accounting services for growing organizations. Our teams can flex from one part-time person managing finances to a full suite of professionals and executives. A “flex option” provides a finance team that fits your budget, without having to hire a number of employees yourself. We can also help you choose and implement an accounting system and coordinate parent company reporting.

Economic development

Cost-saving federal, state, and local tax incentives may be available for some new and expanding businesses throughout the United States. We can help you find a high-quality match for your organization, and enhance the benefits of these enticements today and in the future. Our teams work with local economic development organizations, state officials, foreign chambers of commerce, and embassies to connect you to valuable resources.

Facility and real estate

Finding office space or the ideal manufacturing location will be easier when leveraging CLA’s extensive network of commercial real estate agents and location professionals. We will think through the factors that are the most important to you, such as proximity to the airport, your customers, a port, or a university system. Then we will explore locations together to help narrow the results to fit your budget and timing.

International affiliation

CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) is an independent member of CLA Global Limited (CLA Global), a worldwide association of independent accounting and advisory firms that provides audit, accounting, tax, and advisory services to help guide organizations and individuals through the increasingly complex global business and financial environment.

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