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  Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Issue 106 Volume 5 Number 6  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• POLAND -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• GLOBAL CONNECTOR
• CONSUMER REPORTS WEBWATCH
• PHIL BRADLEY'S FINDING INFORMATION
• FEATURED JOB FROM FITA'S CAREER HQ

Hello International Traders!

Our reader survey told us that you wanted to know more about Poland, so I found a portal to solid information about Poland and its economy. Also, in this issue I profile a site from Consumer Reports that will help you find the most trustworthy sites on the Web. And I have another university-based site with useful research resources. Finally, I found a site that shows you the strengths and weaknesses of all the major search engines -- and many of the specialized ones!

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

POLAND -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Poland has made one of the most successful transitions to capitalism of all the former Soviet-controlled countries, and its economy is doing well. As a country that borders on seven other countries, Poland knows that trade is an important part of its success. If you want to learn more about opportunities in this Eastern European country, go to the Poland page at the Baltic Sea States site ( http://bibl.sh.se/baltic/country.asp?l=10 ). Click on one of the categories (Business and Economy, News and Media, etc.) and you'll find a list of links to useful information on that topic. A helpful feature is that the link tells you the language of each site on the list.

There are many more links to Poland at the FITA site. Go to http://fita.org/webindex, click on "Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas" in the left column, then scroll down to "Europe" and click on "Poland" in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Poland" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a few books about doing business in Poland. Check out especially Passport Poland, Your Pocket Guide to Polish Business, Customs & Etiquette, Doing Business with Poland, Doing Business in Emerging Europe and Doing Business in Newly Privatized Markets: Global Opportunities and Challenges.

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GLOBAL CONNECTOR


The CIBERWeb is a network of 30 U.S. universities that act as a resource for business, students, and academics who are concerned with international trade and education. I've profiled the Michigan State CIBER site in the past, but Indiana University's site is worth looking at also. Called Global Connector ( http://www.globalconnector.org/gc_home.cfm ), this site has very targeted information. When you search for something on Global Connector you'll get a handful of links, but every one will be a quality site. It's simple to use -- you just click on "Country Search" or "Industry Search" at the top of the main page, and then you'll come to a page where you can choose your search parameters. You'll find links to country profiles, maps, weather reports, economic statistics, industry reports, trade associations, news, government sites, travel sites, and more.

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PIERS MARKET TIP:
It Could Be a Small (Business) World After All

http://www.piers.com/learnmore

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for more than 29% of total U.S. goods exported ... and represent 97% of all U.S. exporters, according to the International Trade Administration Statistical Handbook on exporting SMEs.

Now the Small Business Administration (SBA) finds that it's not out-of-pocket transaction costs keeping SMEs from bringing their products to the global marketplace. It's the psychological, personal, and opportunity costs. The biggest psychological barrier to exporting is uncertainty about overseas markets, according to the SBA report "Costs of Developing a Foreign Market for a Small Business: The Market and Non-Market Barriers to Exporting by Small Firms."

The SBA guide to Breaking into the Trade Game includes questions to help SMEs build an export business plan ... and PIERS trade data can supply the answers about potential markets and customers. For links to the ITA Handbook and the SBA report and exporting guide -- and to learn more about PIERS global intelligence resources --go to http://www.piers.com/learnmore.


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CONSUMER REPORTS WEBWATCH

Consumer Reports magazine has been around for decades, and it has a sterling reputation for honesty. The magazine accepts no advertising, and because it's beholden to nobody, you know you're getting fair, unbiased reviews of products and services. Consumer Reports WebWatch ( http://www.consumerwebwatch.org ) brings the same impartial focus to the Web, which is sorely needed. This site rates other Web sites on things like: disclosure of transaction fees and business partnerships relevant to consumers; how clearly sites tell consumers what their privacy policies are, and how clearly and consistently Web sites label advertising, among other things. Although the Web is a great resource, not all Web sites are honest or reliable. This site will help you to find out which ones you can rely on.

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PHIL BRADLEY'S FINDING INFORMATION

Even a seasoned Web searcher like me can strike out once in awhile with my old faithful search tools, which is why I like to find new search engines. Phil Bradley's Finding Information ( http://www.philb.com/whichengine.htm ) not only has some recent additions to the search engine universe, it also tells you in plain English exactly how to use them. I like the way he helps you to define what you need ("I want an overview of a subject," "I want to see thumbnails of pages before visiting them," "I need access to academic resources," etc.). And he has dozens of search engines here, including several I never knew about.

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FEATURED JOB FROM FITA'S CAREER HQ

In the new 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. A featured job this week is for an International Trade Specialistwith Regions Bank in Dallas. They have also listed similar positions in New Orleans and Indianapolis. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! And click here if you are an employer looking for uniquely qualified internationally-skilled staff.

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