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  Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Issue 155 Volume 7 Number 4  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• AUSTRIA
Our Featured Country
• LOOK TO CEEBD TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS IN THE EAST
Trade opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe
• GROW YOUR PROFITS WITH EBUSINESS GUIDES
eBusiness for Small Business
• FIND MASHUPS AT MAPSHARK
Useful Maps
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
NAFTA/INCOTERMS Documentation Specialist

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals.

Wait till you see all the business opportunities there are in Austria -- and I have a site in this issue where you can get firsthand research about it. Want to learn more about what's going on in Eastern & Central Europe? I have a site that's full of solid info about that area. A reader asked for more information about e-business, so I found a site with all the basics. Finally, if you want to see the cutting edge of what people are doing with maps on the Internet, visit the Mapshark site I profile at the end of this issue.

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( http://fita.org/webindex/index.html ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

AUSTRIA
Our Featured Country

Austria has exported many things over the years, including Vienna waltzes, strudel, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. These days, Austria has much to offer the world. The economy is humming along, foreign investors are welcome, and things look bright (especially since Austria is part of the European Union). Austria was among the top 25 countries in the world for both imports and exports in 2006. If this sounds like a country you'd like to research, a good site to visit is AustrianTrade.Org ( http://www.austriantrade.org/austriantrade/worldwide/en/ ). This official site of the Austrian Foreign Trade Promotion Organization has lots of information to get you started. You can learn about doing business in Austria, look up Austrian products and companies, peruse a calendar of trade events, read reports on Austrian industries, learn about Austrian culture, get travel and tourism information, and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Austria Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/austria.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Austria Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Austrian markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in Austria.

Click on "Useful Links" and you'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.

The Austria Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page ( http://www.fita.org/).

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LOOK TO CEEBD TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS IN THE EAST
trade opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe

There are plenty of trade opportunities in Central & Eastern Europe, and if you want to investigate them, the Central & Eastern European Business Directory (CEEBD)( http://www.ceebd.co.uk/ceebd/business.htm ) is worth checking out. This UK-based portal has an extensive business directory, education links, country profiles, information about seaports in the region, investment offers, statistics, links to Study in Europe programs, contact information -- even information for stamp collectors!

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GROW YOUR PROFITS WITH EBUSINESS GUIDES
eBusiness for Small Business

A reader wrote to ask if I could profile a site that has information about how small companies can do e-business, and so I found eBC eBusiness Guides ( http://www.e-bc.ca/pages/resources/ebiz-guides.php ). These are some very useful guides to doing business on the Internet, put out by a not-for-profit e-business resource center in British Columbia. Scroll down the page and you'll find links to articles that cover all aspects of e-business, from planning to execution. There are tips on planning & strategy, marketing, building a Web site, selling online, distribution & fulfillment, and lots more. The articles are in PDF format, so you can download them to your computer. The information is clear and well-written, and covers all bases of developing a profitable e-business.

And, if you work in a small business, the World Bank's "Doing Business" project has asked FITA to have our readers fill out a survey about business conditions throughout the word. The results will improve the scope of the "Doing Business" program. We hope you can participate. Just click here to do the survey online or click here to download it and the submit it to the World Bank by email. Thank you!



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FIND MASHUPS AT MAPSHARK
Useful Maps

The word "mashup", which always sounds vaguely sinister to me (or something you do with potatoes) actually means a Web site or Web application that combines content from more than one source. You'll find a very useful index to mashups at Mapshark ( http://mapshark.com ). Mapshark searches mashups of online maps, which are sites that use the latest online mapmaking technology and information from search engines like Google, Yahoo, and others to make custom maps on just about any keyword you type in. Let's say you're looking for a hotel in Paris, France. Type in "Paris France hotels" and you'll get a list of sites with various types of maps showing Parisian hotels. If you type in "Dallas" you'll get a list of maps with the location of Dallas banquet halls, homes for sale, restaurants, home values and selling prices, and more. It's fun to browse this site and see what kind of maps you can find.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
NAFTA/INCOTERMS Documentation Specialist

In the FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. Featured job this week is for a NAFTA/INCOTERMS Documentation Specialist for McMaster-Carr Supply Company in the Greater Chicago area. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

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