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  Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Issue 173 Volume 7 Number 22  
This issue sponsored by Walmart Secrets

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• POLAND
Our Featured Country
• SMALL BIZ TOOLS AT TRADEROOTS
International Trade Tools for Small Business
• FIND GREAT DEALS AT GOVSALES.GOV
Buy from the US Government
• DOWNLOADPEDIA POINTS YOU TO THE BEST FREE SOFTWARE
Free Software Downloads
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Shipping Officer

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with some great new sites to bookmark.

Poland is a European success story, and I have a site in this issue that will help you research this vibrant market. Also, I found a site with lots of practical information about trade for small businesses. Did you know the U.S. government has online auctions? I found a site where you can bid on a wide variety of U.S. government items. Finally, I have a site with the best free software on the Internet, ready for you to download.

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

POLAND
Our Featured Country

Since it came out of the Soviet orbit in 1990 Poland has transformed itself into a country with a robust, stable economy that features a thriving private sector. In 2006 it ranked 27th in the world for imports, and 31st for exports. Prospects are looking even better for the Polish economy since it joined the EU, and there are many opportunities for trade. If you'd like to research trade with Poland, a good site to visit is Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency ( http://www.paiz.gov.pl/index/?id=14491b756b3a51daac41c24863285549 ). Here you'll find lots of information about Poland, including reports and presentations you can download, news headlines, a searchable database of Polish investment opportunities, important definitions of Polish law, information about public bidding, tax matters, statistics, and more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Poland Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/poland.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Poland 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 Poland.

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 Poland 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 ).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in Poland. Check out Passport Poland: Your Pocket Guide to Polish Business, Customs & Etiquette and Culture Smart! Poland: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette.

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

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

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SMALL BIZ TOOLS AT TRADEROOTS
International Trade Tools for Small Business

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has branches in more than 91 countries, and it's an organization that has long been committed to international trade. Now the Chamber has come up with a great new Web site focused completely on trade. TradeRoots ( http://www.traderoots.org ) is geared towards small businesses, but it's got plenty of useful information about trade for any size business. Click on "Trade Toolbox" and you'll find statistics, market reports, country profiles, contacts, business directories, exchange rates, conversion tables, an export glossary, and much more. "Useful Links" has dozens more sites to help you, and don't miss the "Small Business Guide to Importing and Exporting", which every small business should check out.

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HOW TO SELL YOUR PRODUCTS TO WAL-MART
Learn the secrets of selling to "Big Box" retailers
http://www.walmartsecrets.com/cmd.php?af=588824

Most business owners don't believe it's possible for them to sell their ideas or products to large chains like Wal-Mart and Target. And you know what?

They're wrong!

It really is possible even for small companies to sell to the major retail chains in the USA. Joe McVoy, an entrepreneur who has done it many times, offers his secrets, advice and strategies. Take his course and expand your business!


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FIND GREAT DEALS AT GOVSALES.GOV
Buy from the US Government

I have never participated in an Internet auction, although I know these are some of the most popular events on the Net. Well, the U.S. government has plenty of stuff it needs to sell, and what better way than to put up a Web site and start an auction? GovSales.gov ( http://www.govsales.gov ) is where you can find U.S. government stuff to bid on. What kind of stuff? When I visited, there were houses, land, farms, vehicles (hundreds of them) boats, computers, industrial equipment, jewelry & watches, books, plumbing supplies, a gas turbine engine, an automatic signature machine -- you get the idea. The site is simple and easy to understand, so get in there and start bidding!

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DOWNLOADPEDIA POINTS YOU TO THE BEST FREE SOFTWARE
Free Software Downloads

From the early days of this newsletter I've written about sites where you can get free software. Downloadpedia ( http://downloadpedia.org ) is one of those, and it looks like a good one. Downloadpedia calls itself "a Web-based, free content software encyclopedia", along the lines of Wikipedia, and it's an all-volunteer effort. Just click on a category ("Best Free Software", "Best Freeware Utilities", etc.), and you'll see scores of free software reviews, with links to the sites where you can download the programs. I was amazed at what was available -- just about any program you can run on your computer is available free somewhere.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Shipping Officer

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 Shipping Officer for the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) division of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC. 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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