Monday, April 30, 2001
Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. This free bi-weekly
newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at http://fita.org, an
excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link
library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.
Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to others.
My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly e-
newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites. Now I'm
using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for
international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy
There was a time
when I had visions of starting my own dot.com company
and getting obscenely rich, then retiring to a hillside
mansion in Hawaii. I never did anything about my visions,
and that allowed me to avoid the bitter taste of defeat
that so many dot.com entrepreneurs experienced in the
past year. Although you don't hear as many people talking
about getting rich on the Net these days, e-commerce
is just too attractive a proposition to go away. More
and more companies will find a way to successfully sell
their wares on the Internet. If you want to take a stab
at e-commerce, there's a great site where you can find
the resources you need. Electronic
Commerce and the European Union at http://europa.eu.int/information_society/topics/ebusiness/ecommerce/index_en.htm
is a European Union site, but it will help anyone, no
matter where they're located, get into the e-commerce
game. Here you'll find articles, research, statistics,
policy papers, discussion forums, an ask-the-expert
feature, funding sources, trade and employment leads,
and much more.
Whether you're researching a country, market, or company,
Business.com at www.business.com is a good place to
start. This site has so much detail you'll be amazed -- as an
example, they have a list of key players in the Condiments,
Spreads & Sauces industry. That's right -- if you want to know
who's the Big Dog in the salad dressing game, you'll find out
here. You can either type in a keyword at the home page, or click
through various levels of categories till you find what you're
The information is quite detailed. For example, in the Food &
Beverage category you can view editors' picks for research,
newsletters available, key players (companies with highest market
cap, best stock performance, biggest profit margin, etc), related
associations, and so on. The company finder has links to 10,000
US public companies, 15,000 international companies and 45,000
private companies. Information on the page includes stock quote,
profile, news, key competitors, and more. My only quibble with
Business.com is that the font size is too small, which is hard on
my middle-aged eyes.
Are your prospects part of the international trade community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase your service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to selected organizations. For information, please contact Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at email@example.com or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.
ASK AN EXPERT
You can find answers on the Web to just about every question you
can think of. There are many "Ask an Expert" sites, where you can
ask a question and have it answered by e-mail. AskA+ Locator at www.vrd.org/locator/subject.html has a list of them,
divided by subjects, so you can find your answers even easier.
COLUMBUS TRAVEL GUIDES
The next time I
plan a vacation I'm going to use Columbus
Travel Guides at http://www.columbusguides.com.
This site has all the information I'd need to plan a
trip. By clicking on the world map I can get a complete
travel guide to wherever I want to go, with information
about attractions, accommodations, maps, weather, money,
passports & visas, duty- free shopping, overviews of
major cities, and much more. This site also has detailed
guides to world cities, airports, events, skiing, and
weather. There are lots of helpful articles and resources
for business and vacation travelers.
Published by Federation of International Trade Associations
Copyright © 2001 The Federation of International Trade Associations. All rights reserved.
Are there topics you'd like to see covered in FITA'S Really
Useful Sites? Send suggestions, ideas, or comments to editor John
McDonnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This newsletter is distributed by the Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA) for the benefit of the worldwide international trade community. If you have a question regarding this service, please contact FITA by email at email@example.com.