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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 are the sites:
| OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE -- FRANCE
I've always had a soft spot for France, because my wife
was studying in Paris when I met her, and we spent many romantic
hours exploring Paris and the countryside around it. France
has more than romance to offer, of course, and that's why I'm
profiling it in this issue. France is one of the largest U.S.
trading partners, and it's worth investigating if you're looking
for new markets for your products. Businesspatrol.com's
France Page ( http://www.businesspatrol.com/businesspatrol_links.php3?topic=France
) is a great jumping off point. Here you'll find links to France-related
news, research profiles, statistics, company and organization
Web sites, financial data, legal information, government agencies,
trade fairs, and much more. There are short descriptions of
each site, including whether they're in French or English.
There are many more links to France at the FITA site.
Go to http://fita.org/webindex,
click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas
in the left column, then scroll down to Europe and click on
France in the drop-down box. Or simply type "France" in the
search box at http://www.fita.org.
HARVARD'S GLOBAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS PAGE
You have to stay abreast of developments in global trade
policy if you want to succeed at international trade, and one
of the best ways to do this is through Harvard
University's Global Trade Negotiations Home Page ( http://www.cid.harvard.edu/cidtrade/index.html
). Although this site may seem to be just for academics, there's
plenty here for you practical business types. For example, you'll
find breaking news about trade from worldwide media; in-depth
articles on major issues like biotechnology, e-commerce, intellectual
property, market access, and others affecting trade; research
papers; links to governmental agencies and non-governmental
organizations; statistics, and much more. There's a lot of useful
information here, and it's updated regularly.
ASIAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
I love holidays, and it never ceases to amaze me the variety
of holidays that are celebrated around the world. I haven't
checked, but I think there's a holiday being celebrated somewhere
every day of the year. If you need to know the holidays for
any country in Asia, go to Asian
Public Holidays ( http://www.asiasource.org/events/asiaholidays.cfm
), where you'll find a handy listing. The list includes fifty
countries, including ones like Afghanistan and Iran, so this
is a useful resource for many travelers and businesspeople.
There are also links at this site to news, maps, statistics,
travel guides, recipes, and lots of other information about
WWW RESEARCH TOOLS
People are always asking me how to find answers to their
questions on the Web. I try to point them in the right direction,
by giving them some useful Web sites to check out. Now that
I've discovered World
Wide Web Research Tools ( http://www.virtualsalt.com/search.htm
), I'll just send them there. They'll find a no-frills site
-- basically just a page of links, but it's got everything you
need for successful Web searching. There are links to all the
major search engines (and lots of specialty engines you probably
didn't know about), plus sites where you can search news outlets,
government agencies, image collections, specialized databases,
and much more. If you can't find what you're looking for after
using this page, the answer is probably not on the Web.
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