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MexLink delivers what you need -- and who you need -- in Mexico

Need to find a business partner? A distrubutor? A supplier? Seek Mexican governmental support for your enterprise? Get good press for your operations in Mexico?

There are over 130 million Mexicans spread across 32 states and the Federal District: how are you going to find the right one?

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Make profitable connections with MexLink

MexLink, founded by journalist and former Congressional press secretary Keith Rosenblum, doesn't pretend to have your answers ready-to-go (though we just might).

Based in Tucson, Arizona, Keith and MexLink have been connecting Americans and Canadians with business opportunity in Mexico for over 30 years.

The fruits of these labors? Lots of profitable business.

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Connection takes many forms

"Connecting" may be as simple as crafting a single perfect business communication in Spanish.

It might be as complicated as detailed research about government regulations; mining claims; conversion of ejido land for real estate development -- or making direct contact with Mexican media or government at the highest levels.

MexLink delivers Mexico. We encourage you to contact Keith directly to learn how we can help.

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APS generator arrives in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico - logistic services by MexLink!

Connecting foreigners to Mexico

Tell us about your search.

Looking for suppliers, partners, investors or an entrepreneurial soul-mate?

MexLink makes it happen. In fact, we're so good that we sometimes connect Mexicans with Mexicans.


Making business matches across a wide range of industries

We match foreign businesses and entrepreneurs with whatever they're looking for in Mexico.


Communication is your signature

Your correspondence is your signature.

Send a letter with grammar mistakes to a Mexican official and you will look like a chump. Would you write a love letter -- or design a contract -- with anything less than precision?

We take translation to its highest level, where not only are the words flawlessly grammatically correct, but where the essence and thrust of the communication is perfectly preserved.

We become your clear voice in Spanish.

Answering questions is our business

Need to know about liability law in Mexico, but you don't want to pay the astronomical fees of an international attorney?

Want to know who influences the decisions of the ejido that owns key stretches of Nayarit beaches?

Wondering about tarriffs on your products when imported into Mexico -- and how to minimize them?

We help foreigners evaluate the merits of their existing or proposed business dealings in Mexico through painstaking research of everything that can impact their enterprises.

We comb public documents; research both on and off-line; and use our array of private contacts to vet business ideas.

Need that research done by yesterday?

MexLink has worked with daily deadlines for decades.


Hearing the Mexican media clearly

If your business interests are impacted by public opinion in Mexico, MexLink offers Mexican media monitoring (online, print, broadcast and trade journals) that will keep you up to date on the public discussion that affects your enterprise.

Making Mexican transparency laws work for you

Mexico has comprehensive "information transparency" laws that obligate its government entities to disclose virtually everything having to do with public finance.

Mexican citizens -- and foreigners -- have the right to request salaries, expenses, studies and correspondence that have taken place with public funds.

Many of the laws, in fact, require even greater disclosure than the United State's Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, considered a model for openness.

That does not mean that Mexican officials are anxious to disclose anything. But, if they don't, they face the specter of criminal charges for obstruction. That's a sweet incentive to comply when questions are asked that are impossible to evade.

MexLink has been making these requests for years and knows how to use them to get results that benefit our clients and their business interests.

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Media relations in Mexico

Media relations and public image

Can't wait to promote your tourism project in Mazatlan?

Bummed out that your mining operation in Durango didn't get a fair shake in the written press -- and was treated worse on radio and TV?

Tired of hearing local media bad-mouth your real estate development in Baja?


MexLink is the solution

MexLink has links to media throughout Mexico: print, broadcast, websites, social-networking sites and LCD boards (serious). If we don't already know the medium, we will find out who runs it and what it's going to take for them to promote you; quit trashing you; or become your lifelong buddy.

Mexican media are famous for attacking people or companies for no motive other than petty extortion. Mexlink will help you figure out if you've been targeted.

Want to promote a product? We can help. This isn't to say that reporters will jump at every idea that is brought their way; the Mexican press is no less selective or fickle than American media, and the cultivation of good press in Mexico no less labor intensive.

We know who's who in print and broadcast media from the tip of the Yucatan to Baja California. We'll translate your press releases, set up press conferences or arrange interviews with reporters across the country.


Damage control and media monitoring

Much like the weather, bad press happens, and newspapers in Mexico are filled with stories about how rotten a product or person is.

Whether accurate or not, "slam" pieces are a fundamental characteristic of Mexican media, and foreign businesses find themselves the object of unjust (and sometimes, just) negative reporting.

MexLink knows how to combat the erroneous and minimize the dolores (pains).

We understand that media damage control is labor-intensive and happily show up in newsrooms, television stations or online to clarify an issue or upbraid a reporter or editor.

We monitor Mexican media for re-prints and re-use of negative reporting about our clients, and doggedly follow up with secondary users.

We have your back.

Defamation of character issues

Sometimes "bad press" crosses a line and becomes something else.

If a newspaper alleges that Keith Rosenblum is a "descarado sin-verguenza" (shameless lout), then Keith might be upset, but he doesn't necessarily have the basis for a legal action.

However, if a television newscast implies that Keith's a "ladron" (thief), then maybe Keith needs to do something legal about that.

We're not lawyers -- and that's a blessing for you -- but Keith Rosenblum understands Mexican law governing "right-of-response" (derecho de replica) and libel / slander issues. We offer the counsel that self-interested lawyers rarely provide: how to determine, first, whether you want retraction, accuracy or wholesale vengeance. We'll walk you through your options.

Want to pursue legal redress? No prob. We can introduce you to the sharpest legal minds from Tijuana to Tapachula who know the municipal, state and federal court systems inside-out.

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Government of Mexico

Mexican government and your business

Some people think there are three levels of government in Mexico. That is nominally correct -- municipio (city or county); state; and federal.

It is a mistake, however, to assume that these entities -- despite common namesakes -- simply mirror entities in the United States and Canada.

In Mexico, the mayor of a small town may actually delay or cancel a project favored by a governor or president. Conversely, all the local permits in the world may prevent a project from being stymied by a hostile state government or federal executive.

Government liason in Mexico

No profitable business can exist in Mexico without an understanding of regulators at each level.

It's a good idea, in other words, for any foreign company to have a guy on call who can make sure everyone is on-board when it comes to a business in-the-making.

Keith navigates the sea of state-owned industry; publicly-owned utilities; government concessions and many other entities.

He understands the distinctions between the agrarian judiciary and its "regular," or civilian counterpart.

Let MexLink open doors for you

Keith brings decades of experience to the task of building bridges between U.S. companies and Mexican government entities.

He served as director of communications to Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Arizona, retired, then a senior member of the Appropriations Committee in the Congress and Chairman of the US-Mexican Inter-parliamentary Group, whose initiatives have produced much of the two countries' legislation regarding environmental and commercial laws.

No reason to waste your time trying to court a governor if all you need to do is convince a mayor. We know who's in charge. We'll guide you.

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Keith Rosenblum, author, No Accuser, Nor Crime, But You're Guilty, journalist and business consultant

About Keith Rosenblum

Keith Rosenblum has lived in Tucson since 1978.

Keith came to Arizona to work for the Arizona Daily Star as a general assignment reporter that year, with the expectation of staying a year or two.

He traveled frequently to the border region and, in 1981, asked for a leave of absence to do a self-designed internship at El Imparcial, Sonora's largest daily newspaper based in the capital, Hermosillo.

He lived with students from the Universidad de Sonora in the 115 degree daily temperature Hermosillo summer. This helped him learn phrases such as "I'm melting," and "I've started to hallucinate."

The experience at El Imparcial, however, taught him the workings of Mexican media and introduced him to the world of local, state and federal government. Many friendships and relationships formed in those years endure to this day.

Keith returned to Arizona and opened the Daily Star's first Santa Cruz County bureau in Nogales, Arizona. He became the paper's roving Sonora reporter, writing on tourism, industry, real estate, business, agriculture, law enforcement and politics.

His responsibilities also included international reporting, and on September 19, 1985, the Daily Star chose Keith to cover the breaking story of the massive earthquake that had just taken place in Mexico City.

Arriving the night of the disaster, Keith was privileged to experience the 7.5 magnitude aftershock the following morning, as well as a vaguely surreal ride in a Hotel Galleria elevator with Dan Rather.

In 1990 Keith was asked to become the senior border-reporter for the Arizona Republic, the largest paper in Arizona. Keith wrote for the Republic until 1993 when he went to work for himself writing and marketing newsprint publications promoting tourism and commerce in Sonora.

Those supplements, "So Much, So Near, Sonora," were inserted into English language papers including USA Today, the Daily Star, and the Republic, and are widely regarded as being instrumental in creating the first boom in real estate in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), Sonora, and for helping make it Mexico's hottest real estate market in the late 1990's.

In 1999, Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) -- then Arizona's senior member of the United States House of Representatives -- asked Keith to become his Director of Communications, a job he held for nearly 2 1/2 years.

Serving as Congressman Kolbe's Director of Communications brought Keith into close contact with numerous important actors in both Mexico and the United States, and during those years he authored No Accuser, Nor Crime, But You're Guilty, an analysis of the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times coverage of Sonora Governor Manlio Fabio Beltrones.

Cover, No Accuser, Nor Crime, But You're Guilty by Keith Rosenblum

"No Accuser, Nor Crime, But You're Guilty" can be read online, or downloaded as a pdf ebook.

After leaving Congressman Kolbe's service Keith spent nearly 2 years working for Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) handling Mexican and U.S. (Spanish-speaking) media regarding the sensitive issue of moving steam-generators destined for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (Buckeye, AZ) from Italy to Puerto Penasco, Sonora, and then overland to Buckeye.

MexLink was the logical progression: providing full-service liason service for American and Canadian companies and individuals seeking to do business in Mexico.

Keith holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (1978) and was a fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego (1989).

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