| FLAG International LLC (FI) is a consulting company based in Annapolis, MD that provides technical and management consulting services for US and international companies seeking to generate an above-average return on the capital of their owners and investors. FI offers its services worldwide to SMEs, multilateral organizations, government authorities, banks and financial institutions, as well as to investment and privatization funds. Since its founding in 2000, FI has engaged in consulting activities in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Georgia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria and the United States, and has conducted bank training in Vietnam, Afghanistan and China. FI provides these services to numerous private sector organizations as well as agencies such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), an arm of the US State Department responsible for designing and funding US-funded economic development programs.
FI offers a number of services to entrepreneurs, firms and business associations looking for outside technical, managerial, or financial support. FI also works with investors looking for good investment opportunities in small or emerging markets. In addition, we have also provided services to local and central government authorities, banks and financial institutions, investment and privatization funds and economic development agencies. Typical projects managed by FI, taking place in the above-listed countries, include:
- Providing managerial consulting and support services to businesses in order to increase profitability and/or access to debt or equity financing;
- Identify and develop the capacity of entrepreneurs, trade companies, and food processors to form new businesses, processes, market linkages, and joint ventures with international businesses, particularly in the post-investment stage of operations;
- Conducting feasibility studies and business plans to identify entrepreneurial opportunities and to develop projects eligible for debt or equity financing;
- Supporting established business entities in working with banks and local governments to secure additional finance, access to land, facilities, and services under preferential rates;
- Linking agricultural producers, agribusinesses and cooperatives to sources of financing and markets, generating increased sales and assisting with forward purchase contracts.
The mission of FLAG International LLC is to increase client profitability by providing companies with managerial consulting services, both in the US as well as in developing and transitioning markets. FI’s vision is to provide these services profitably while maximizing the level of beneficial impact for the business community, employees and the local population.
FI is a partnership based in Annapolis, MD, a registered veteran-owned U.S. small business. The three principals and dozen associates of FI are well-versed in consulting, contracting, economic development, and international business with more than 100 years of international management experience. Having implemented consulting projects in the US and over a dozen foreign countries, the principals are leveraging their experience into helping SMEs develop new business and profits, combining excellence in fulfilling the promise of completely trustworthy expertise and information with the ability to generate new business for clients.
FI is primarily engaged in supporting private sector businesses to generate an above-average return on the capital of their owners and investors. Through this experience we have developed a unique depth and breadth of experience in all facets of management, enterprise development, investment, restructuring, and privatization in economies in transition. Drawing expertise from our extensive pool of experienced associates, we have provided consulting services to a wide variety of investors and enterprises, both private and state-owned.
The founders and principals of FI are a diverse group of professionals sharing a common vision of increasing prosperity through development of private enterprises in countries engaged in economic transition. A significant factor in achieving this vision is linking individuals and institutions having knowledge and financial resources with entrepreneurs having sound ideas, experience, and great potential. We view our experience in raising capital for viable opportunities as one of our key strengths and our doors are always open for discussions with entrepreneurs, investors, and others interested in discovering, developing, and expanding viable business opportunities.
Our core team holds an array of advanced academic and professional qualifications in engineering, economics, business, and finance. They have operated businesses, raised capital, taught at universities, consulted with multinational firms and advised government institutions. All of our staff has considerable time living abroad and working with clients in their own environment. Our associates have similar qualities and are chosen for individual consulting assignments because of their skills and experience in the precise areas of our client’s specifications. Only after a thorough analysis of the clients’ specific needs do we choose consultants based on their practical experience in the targeted area.
Building management and governance skills and strengthening technical capacity and productivity will be critical to profitability of companies in the US. Providing entrepreneurs with business advice in conjunction with capital will help to realize demonstrate synergies between capacity-building and profitability, and thereby increase the overall effectiveness with which improvement recommendations are implemented in investees’ operations. This is FI’s strength and a crucial element of our consulting strategy, as we are already supporting the development of professionally managed companies in over a dozen countries.
For further information, please contact
Peter G. Roberts
FLAG International, LLC
315 Severn Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403