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Best of the Web: Business & Finance

  • Some free information (profiles, ratings, news) and some fee-based (full reports) for US and international companies searchers must register to access data
  • USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. It supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:

    • economic growth, agriculture and trade;
    • global health; and,
    • democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
  • The American Apparel & Footwear Association was formed in August 2000 through the merger of three trade associations: the American Apparel and Manufacturers Association, Footwear Industries of America and The Fashion Association. The site has industry news, consumer information and statistics.

  • Trade association with advice on what to consider before buying a franchise guidance on how to form franchise organizations and additional information

  • ApparelSearch.com is a business to business online database to the apparel/textile industry, including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, freight companies, customs, warehousing, quality standards, education/training, trade shows, publications, model agencies, news, and employment.

  • A portal of industry links classified by associations, organizations, search engines, factories, production services, employment and news.

  • Links to the websites of Central Banks throughout the world.

  • Financial information for the consumer Includes various calculator tools and comparisons of mortgage, credit card, money market and CD rates across the country

  • Listing of Bankruptcies and Bankruptcy information, including a directory of U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Courts, state-by-state, with detailed data on each Circuit Court.

  • A Basic Guide to Exporting has been prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce with the assistance of Unz & Co., Inc.
    This website contains the 1998 version of A Basic Guide to Exporting.
    The current edition (2008) is available for purchase at http://unzco.com.

  • BLS statistical profiles of 12 industry supersectors

  • Formed by the merger of the Chicago Merchantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and New York Mercantile Exchange, CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe.  It provides benchmark futures and options products available on any exchange, covering all major asset classes, including interest rates, equities, FX, commodities, and alternative investments such as weather and real estate.

  • Independent agency of the U.S. Government that regulates commodities and futures markets.

  • Cornell University's Legal Information Institute (LII) - An introduction to bankruptcy topics and laws, including Chapter 11 (corporate bankruptcy), Chapter 13 (personal bankruptcy) and Chapter 7 (liquidation)

  • Online directory for cosmetic supplies, services, and resources.

  • Publisher of The Cosmetics Ingredient Review, reviews and assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics and publishes results in peer reviewed scientific literature.

  • The Crain's New York Business website offers news, feature stories, ranked research lists and analyses of business events in New York City.

  • Statistical reports on domestic industries from the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Links to pages with FAQs on how to form a corporation and how to complete a certificate of incorporation.

  • Directory of companies with basic information at no cost, searchable by company name only. Records of company headquarters are marked. To search for non-US companies, choose the headquarters country on the right-hand column (only selected countries offer free information)
  • Economic time series with subjects on Business economics, Financial economics and more
  • The embassy.org site's Business Directories allows companies serving the international community, and those working, living, and traveling internationally, to find their audience.

  • Wealth of information from Home business to E-biz, from Financing to Marketing
  • Entrepreneur Magazine's page about startup financing for entrepreneurs.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.) profiles of major industries including brief overview of the industry, description of industrial processesand environmental compliance summary

  • Database searchable by product name or service/industry
  • Good industry data from Euromonitor under Facts and Figures, re member agencies also lists of other associations and institutions
  • Web directory of trade shows, events, exhibitions, fairs, conventions, conferences and seminars.
  • The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

  • Online guide includes links to articles regarding new business and entrepreneurship
  • Bank data and statistics
  • Official U. S. Federal government site providing links to forms, statistics, information on fees, how-to, court websites, and more.

  • Data, reports and surveys on current banking rates, policies and regulations
  • Legal guides for business formation, business planning, human resources, accounting, taxes and other topics
  • The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. The Bond Section of FINRA's Market Data Center includes general bond market information such as news, benchmark yields, and corporate bond market activity and performance information, descriptive data on U.S.

  • The site features on online database of over 1,000 fragrances, searchable by company or fragrance name, a bibliography of industry reference sources, and interviews with leading professionals in the field.

  • Information source for franchise buyers, franchisees, franchisors and transaction parties

  • Data for over 1000 economic time series from the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis
  • According to the website: "Air freight, shipping, rail freight, trucking, specialized transportation, logistics management, customs brokers, international trade, export documentation and licensing, letter of credit... all freight forwarding services are located here."

  • Michigan State University's Center for International Business Education and Research provides an a collection of thousands of international business resources selected based on content and usability. This site also includes a proprietary Market Potential Indicators and the Database of International Business Statistics.

  • Provides "Fact sheets" with basic company profiles full corporate profile is fee-based
  • "The resource for growing companies" includes many links to articles with practical advice also How-To list at bottom of page
  • The International Association of Food Industry Suppliers is a 90-year-old global trade association of more than 600 members that supply the food, dairy, beverage and related sanitary processing industries.

  • The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its 60,000 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 80 other countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.

  • Links to all III publications and websites includes industry facts, statistics and directory of insurance organizations
  • Find trade leads, web resources, trade events and more. Sponsored by the Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA), the FITA site links to over 3,000 international trade Websites.

  • The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.  ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organization compete at home and abroad.

  • Good industry statistics under Insights and Research tab

  • Link from the Bond Market Association website

  • The nvestment Company Institute is the national trade association for the investment company industry. It serves its members in the areas of federal and state legislation and regulation, taxation, pension, international issues, economic and market research, industry statistics, public information, fund operations, and investment adviser issues.

  • Through its publications, Web sites, and data services, the publisher of the magazine and website The Journal of Commerce, UBM Global Trade, is the leading supplier of business information for people involved in transporting goods and commodities in the United States and internationally. Its publications and online services also include PIERS Global Intelligence Solutions, Directory of U.S. Exporters/Importers, Official Export Guide, U.S. Custom House Guide, and Transportation Telephone Tickler.

  • Information and resource website for those involved in marketing, market research, advertising, selling, promotion, and other marketing-related areas.

  • An international directory focusing on African companies
  • Microsoft guide to its small business tools, including web hosting, e-marketing, financial management software and more
  • Information about mutual funds and other investments. Access is available to the Library Edition of Morninstar onsite at the Science, Industry and Business Library.

  • From the publisher of Forbes; a list of Mutual Fund Investment Terms with definitions.

  • Nasdaq.com is the official website of The Nasdaq Stock Market, the largest US electronic stock market. With approximately 3,200 companies, it lists more companies and, on average, trades more shares per day than any other U.S. market. It is home to companies that are leaders across all areas of business, including technology, retail, communications, financial services, transportation, media and biotechnology.

  • The National Retail Federation's global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the U.S. and more than 45 countries abroad.  In the U.S., NRF represents the breadth and diversity of an industry with more than 1.6 million American companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generated 2009 sales of $2.3 trillion.

  • From the U.S. Department of Transportationprovides statistics on transportation and the economy transportation and safety energy and the environment
  • Good industry information in left-hand column and selected news items on bottom of page additional information available to members only
  • Print out or download city license application forms from the Consumer Affairs License Center
  • With more than 8,000 listed issues, NYSE Euronext is home to the world's leading companies providing access to the global liquidity they need to collaborate, compete and grow. As the world's leading and most liquid equities exchange group, NYSE Euronext powers the exchanging world and is comprised of equities and derivatives exchanges across the United States and Europe which trade cash equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products.

  • The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is replacing the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System. It categorizes all types of business and manufacturing in the U.S. according to a numerical code. This Government site provides further explanations and links.

  • Click to "Business" to find information about starting a business, business assistance, industries, licenses, permits and more.
  • Lists of financial services resources available at the Science, Industry and Business Library

  • Research Guide to resources for research on international trade (import and export) available at the Science, Industry and Business Library of the New York Public Library

  • Research Guide to resources to research on companies available at the Science, Industry and Business Library of the New York Public Library

  • Lists of industry directories available at the Science, Industry and Business Library

  • Research Guide to Market Research resources at the Science, Industry and Business Library

  • Guide to real estate resources available at the Science, Industry and Business Library, The New York Public Library, includes weblinks and online databases.

  • Website developed by the Science, Industry and Business Library: Resources include Services Directory, Business Manual, Calendar of Events, How-To Videos and Podcasts and more!

  • With more than 8,000 listed issues, NYSE Euronext is home to the world's leading companies providing access to the global liquidity they need to collaborate, compete and grow. As the world's leading and most liquid equities exchange group, NYSE Euronext powers the exchanging world and is comprised of equities and derivatives exchanges across the United States and Europe which trade cash equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products.

  • Links to many New York City government and State agencies that deal with business registration, licenses, inspections, tax information, financial assistance, and city and state programs
  • The PACER Service Center is the Federal Judiciary's centralized registration, billing, and technical support center for electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records.

  • Non-profit organization providing free and confidential counseling and low-cost workshop services to help participants learn management skills of small business owners. Score is a nationwide organization.See their N.Y. offices link for chapters in New York City: http://www.scorenyc.org/locations/index.html
  • SICE - the Organization of American States' Foreign Trade Information System - centralizes information on trade policy in the Americas. On the SICE Website, you will find the full texts of trade agreements in force for OAS Member States, new and ongoing trade policy developments, information on national trade-related legislation, links to international, regional and national sources of trade policy information and more! SICE, with more than ten years online, strives to provide OAS member states and other users up-to-date and relevant information.

  • Organization supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Excellent source of general information published by the Wall Street Journal

  • Federal site for planning/calculating benefits by age group
  • STAT-USA/Internet, a service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a single point of access to authoritative business, trade, and economic information from across the Federal Government. Subscription is required for full access (available at the Science, Industry and Business Library).

  • This site provides industry and product information as well as suppliers.

  • The GreenBook website features the entire directory in a user-friendly and interactive format. Multiple search options deliver accurate and relevant results quickly, including email and web links. A 'Request For Information' tool is also available.

  • Free directory of manufacturing companies, searchable by company name, product, or service.

  • TradePort is a repository of free information and resources for businesses that seek to conduct international trade to and from California.

  • TSNN events database covers more than 15,000 trade shows, exhibitions, public events and conferences. It also offers over 30,000 seminars through a strategic partnership.
  • The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

  • Business.gov is an official site of the U.S. Small Business Administration which helps small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services from federal, state and local agencies.

  • The U.S. Department of Commerce has a broad mandate to advance economic growth and jobs and opportunities for the American people. It has responsibilities in the areas of trade, technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental stewardship and statistical research and analysis. The products and services the department provides touch the lives of Americans and American companies in many ways, including weather forecasts, the decennial census, and patent and trademark protection for inventors and businesses.

  • The state.gov website serves as the State Department's portal of information on U.S. foreign policy and information about the State Department.

  • The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.

  • Portal, published by the United States Dept. of Commerce, providing trade and exporting resources. Basics about exporting, NAFTA rules, calendars of trade shows, events and missions. Find trade partners, statistics and market research.
  • The United States International Trade Commission is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations. The Commission also adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights.

  • The mission of the U. S. Trade and Development Agency is to promote economic growth in developing and middle income countries, while simultaneously helping American businesses to export their products and services, thereby creating U.S. jobs. In addition, USTDA supports U.S. policy objectives related to development and capacity building activities.

  • The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet member who serves as the president’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.

  • U.S. Census Bureau home page. Censuses of Population and Housing, Economic Censuses and many more statistical sources, both current and historical.

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