|Tuesday, March 19,
|VOLUME 2 ISSUE 6
Here's your latest issue of
Really Useful Sites for International Trade
Professionals. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews
useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/
Import-Export Portal at http://fita.org, an
excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a
link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.
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My name is John
McDonnell, and for years I've been writing about useful
Web sites for businesspeople, in various publications.
Now I've focused on international trade, using my Web
research skills to find sites that are useful for
international businesspeople, and some sites that are
just plain fun for anyone.
Here they are:
CAN YOU DO ON THE WEB? |
Although people talk about
"browsing" the Web, most of us don't have time to browse
when we get online; we want to find what we're looking
for as fast as possible. That's a shame, though, because
the Web was made for browsing. There is so much useful
information online that it's fun to just poke around and
see what surprises you can turn up. Here's a great site
for doing that. It's called What Can
You Do On The World Wide Web? at
it.stlawu.edu/~tdil/index1.htm, and it's a collection of
links to sites that you'll find compelling. Want to buy
a theater ticket? Calculate how tall your child is going
to be? Ask a doctor a medical question? Find a
restaurant? Learn how to write a business plan? Schedule
a wake up call? Take a tutorial on how to show your wife
some romance? (I flunked that one.) You'll find answers
to all those questions and many more at this fascinating
|LIBRARY OF CONGRESS COUNTRY STUDIES
help my kids with their geography homework I realize
that dozens of countries I learned about in school
aren't there anymore. Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, East
Germany -- my kids don't know they ever existed. Well, I
found a place where you can still read about these
countries. At the U.S.
Library of Congress Country Studies at
lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html page you can just
scroll down the list and find information about hundreds
of countries worldwide. The site keeps information on
countries like Yugoslavia for "historical value to
researchers", but there's also lots of information about
existing countries. Click on a country name, and you'll
find detailed information about its history,
demographics, economy, political life, transportation
& communications networks, and much
Are your prospects part of the international trade
community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase your
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Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional.
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Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at email@example.com
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FEATURED REGIONAL SITE -- SHOWCASE EUROPE
you're thinking of selling a vitamin product in Belgium.
You'd need to find out if there's a demand for your type
of product in Belgium, plus the governmental regulations
for foreign companies selling there, and you'd probably
have other questions too. One good way to get answers is
to go to the U.S.
Department of Commerce's Showcase Europe at
www.sce.doc.gov site. Here you'll find market research
for all the countries of Europe. You can search by
country or by industry, and there's also a calendar of
trade shows and other events. This site is for both U.S.
companies who want to export to Europe, and European
companies who want to import U.S. products.
There are lots more links to these countries at the
FITA site. Go to FITA's
International Trade Web Resources at
www.fita.org/webindex, click on Regional Resources and
Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column or
"Search by Country or Region" in the right column, and
then scroll down to Europe. Or simply type "Europe" in
the search box at
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& LETTERS DAILY |
Continuing the theme of Web
browsing, I found a site where you can spend hours just
following links. It's called Arts & Letters
Daily at www.aldaily.com, and although it may look
like a site for pointy-headed intellectuals, it's got
something for everyone. There are links to
thought-provoking stories from world magazines,
newspapers, and journals, plus links to online news
sources, columnists of note, book reviews, online music
sites, reference sources, fun sites (bad writing
contests, etc.), and more. Each item on this site has
been selected with care, and you're guaranteed to find
some stimulating reading here.
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For a free list of links to useful sites in a wide
variety of categories (both business and personal),
visit my Web
|Published by Federation
of International Trade Associations
2002 The Federation of International Trade Associations.
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