About BDP

Everyone is talking about global markets. For some companies, they may seem out of reach.


But you don’t have to go half way around the world to take advantage of international markets. Many small and medium sized companies in North America and Europe are now taking a second look—or a first—at Latin America as a target export market on a scale they can handle.

Mexico is an increasingly prosperous emerging market of over 120 million people. The region from Guatemala to Panama adds another 37 million. Are you selling to Mexico or Central America? Your competitors may be.

At Business Development Partners, we’re specialists in helping companies that are expanding or new to exporting do business in Mexico and Central America with the confidence and security that comes from knowledge—about market potential, sales channels, competitors and a host of other key factors, from import requirements to business culture.

Since 1994, we have assisted hundreds of companies to enter or expand their business in the Mexican and Central American markets. Our staff has decades of experience doing business throughout North, South and Central America—the one component many new-to-market exporters are missing. And we want to put that experience to work for you.

Please take a few moments to visit our site to learn more about how Business Development Partners can help your company establish or increase business in Mexico and Central America.

Business Development Partners, S.A. de C.V. (BDP), is a market research and trade promotion firm based in Mexico City, serving businesses, government agencies and industry organizations in North America, Europe and Asia.


Founded as Trade Management Services, Inc. in 1994, the company became a Mexican corporation under the name Business Development Partners, S.A. de C.V. in 2005. The principals of BDP have worked in Latin America for many years, ranging across manufacturing, export promotion and research consulting for numerous public and private entities.

We are trade facilitators with decades of experience. Over the past 20 years, our company has provided hundreds of foreign clients with customized market research, advising on market entry, partnership building, support in solving logistics problems and a wide range of related services to help them develop their Mexico and Central America business carefully and successfully.

Our clients come from many different industries, from agri-business and food value chain to advanced manufacturing, renewable energies, environmental services, heavy industry, consumer goods, information technologies and healthcare, among many others.




José Antonio Jiménez


José Antonio Jiménez has worked in international research and trade promotion for over 30 years. A founding member of Trade Management Services, Inc. in 1994, José has provided consulting services in Mexico for the Australian Embassy Trade Commission, the Délégation générale du Québec trade promotion office and the trade offices of Illinois and the Massachusetts Port Authority, in addition to his work for BDP clients. He holds a degree in Economics from Long Island University in New York, and has conducted post-graduate research at Chung Ang University in Korea, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Long Island University. José has vast expertise and experience in the agriculture, food, feed and livestock industries, and also works with other industries such as construction and transportation.

Lourdes Ramírez


Lourdes Ramírez began her work in export promotion in 1986 at the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico. Joining the California Office of Trade and Investment in Mexico in 1992, Lourdes served as Senior Trade Specialist and Acting Director during her 12 years with California. Lourdes’ professional training in trade topics includes advanced courses on export-import operations, international market research, trade financing, NAFTA and Mexican Customs regulations. Her areas of industry specialization include medical and health care products, consumer goods and software.

Tom Johnston


Tom Johnston is a public policy specialist with background in research and manufacturing. Tom began his research on Latin American policy topics in the early 1980s, and during the succeeding decades provided work for the Agency for International Development and the World Bank in Central America and the Research Foundation of the State University of New York in Chile and Argentina. Early on in the NAFTA era, he joined a New York-based apparel outsourcing firm and spent several years supervising export manufacturing operations in Mexico. Tom holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the State University of New York. His areas of industry responsibility at BDP include industrial machinery and advanced manufacturing technology, aviation and aerospace, renewable energies, environmental technologies and telecommunications.