Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Issue 172 Volume 7 Number 21  
This issue sponsored by the Management Dynamics Trade Wizard

Our Featured Country
And Another Great Irish Site
The Lastest International Business News
Social Networking for Adults
Customs and International Trade Managers and Staff

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with more sites to help you achieve success in international trade.

Have you considered Turkey? It's one of the world's top 40 countries for trade, and I have a site in this issue that will help you get a foothold in this growing market. Also, I found a great Irish site to make up for the one two issues ago that had some problems. Do you want to keep up on international business news? I have a site that has up-to-the-minute global news feeds. Finally, I have a search engine for networking sites, so you can connect with contacts, customers, and co-workers in the new world of social networking.

Our Featured Country

Turkey is an ancient land with a modern, industrial economy and a democratic government. Its economy made steady progress through the last decade, with GDP growth exceeding 6 percent most years, and a strong trade presence (Turkey is among the world's top 40 countries for imports and exports). It's a country worth researching for trade opportunities, and here's a good site to start your inquiry: The Turkish government's Export Promotion Center ( ). Here you'll find facts, figures, and overviews of the Turkish economy. You'll find one particularly useful section if you click on "Sectoral Info Pages". These are reports on dozens of Turkish industries that you can download as PDF files. There's also a trade lead database, a calendar of trade fairs, travel tips, information about Turkish Free Zones, useful contacts, and much more.

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

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 Turkey 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 ( ).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in Turkey. Check out Doing Business with Turkey, Culture Shock! Turkey: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette and Culture Smart! Turkey: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette.

The following associations are FITA member associations. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with Turkey:

And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.


And Another Great Irish Site

Two issues ago I profiled a site called Ask Ireland, and although the sample of links I checked were working, several readers pointed out that other links on the site do not work anymore. The point of this newsletter is to give you useful sites, so I'm replacing the Ask Ireland site with Enterprise Ireland ( ), which is an Irish government site with many useful features. There are lots of links to information about investing in Ireland, starting a business, exporting (for Irish companies), finding Irish suppliers, and more. For further information, there are links to European Union and other Irish government sites.


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The Lastest International Business News

Here's a site that should become part of your daily reading, if you're truly interested in international business. International Business Times ( ) is a newspaper that covers the global business arena, and it's packed with breaking news, analysis, advice, and opinions that will give you the knowledge you need to succeed. Click on a topic ("Global News", "Companies", "Markets", etc.) at the top of the page, and you'll find the latest stories and information in that category. Scroll down the page for more information, including the latest stock quotes. If you click on "International Editions" you can read personalized editions for countries like India and China


Social Networking for Adults

If you're around teenagers, you know that young people are joining sites like MySpace and Facebook by the millions, and linking up with friends in ever more complex networks. But don't be fooled -- online networking is rapidly becoming popular with adults, too, whether for business or personal reasons. Don't believe me? Type a former co-worker's name in Wink ( ), a people search engine, and see what you find. You'll probably be amazed to discover that the guy you haven't spoken to in 15 years has a picture and a profile online, and could be a useful contact for you. Wink sends your query to some of the biggest social networks, and it allows you to search by name, location, interests, school, and more. This is a great tool for business networking, although you can also use it to track down old friends.


Customs and International Trade Managers and Staff

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 Customs and International Trade Managers and Staff at Deloitte Tax LLP in Chicago, San Francisco possibly other locations. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

Let the jobs come to you! Employers are looking for people with international skills. Post your resume TODAY and reap the rewards of the FITA Career HQ! And with a FITA Career HQ job agent, you can decide what kind of job you are looking for and let the system do the searching for you. Simply set up specific search parameters in a Job Agent, and whenever a job is posted that matches your criteria, you'll be notified automatically via email. It's that easy!


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