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  Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Issue 204 Volume 9 Number 1  
This issue sponsored by ManageTel, a Wireless Management Tool from Tel-Net Choices, Inc.

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• CHILE
Our Featured Country
• GET THE BACKGROUND WITH COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE LINKS
Learn About Your Competitors
• 200 MILLION SCIENCE PAGES
All You Need About Science
• USE TWO SEARCH ENGINES AT ONCE
Save Search Time

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with best wishes for 2009 and more sites to help you succeed in global trade.

Chile has trade agreements with dozens of countries, and it's a fertile market for business. I have a site in this issue that will help you find outstanding research on the Chilean market. Also, I have a site with links to useful competitive intelligence sites. If you want science information, I found a site with links to hundreds of U.S. government science-oriented sites. Finally, I have a site that lets you use two search engines at once, so you can find the best results.

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.

CHILE
Our Featured Country

Chile's economy has been growing steadily since the early 1990s, and at this point it has a lot to recommend it. Chile has low unemployment, strong financial institutions, and a healthy trade profile (in 2007 it ranked 42nd in the world for exports and 51st for imports). At last count Chile had 57 bilateral or regional trade agreements, more than any other country. If this sounds like a country you'd like to research, go to Chileinfo.com (http://www.chileinfo.com). This is the Chilean Trade Commission's Web site, and it has a lot of useful information. You'll find a profile of the Chilean economy, trade statistics, information about Chilean industries, articles & reports, an export directory, a trade show calendar, plus online magazines about Chile's economy, culture, scenery, tourism, and more.

If that's not enough, you'll also find plenty of good research at the Chile Mini Portal (http://fita.org/countries/chile.html), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Chile Mini Portal has an overview of Chile, 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 Chile.

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 Chile 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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GET THE BACKGROUND WITH COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE LINKS
Learn About Your Competitors

Business is more competitive than ever in most industries these days, and every company needs to stay up to date on what its competitors are doing. You'll find some very good resources at LLRX.com's Competitive Intelligence Links (http://www.llrx.com/category/793). These are lists of links to good sources of information on the Internet, written by legal experts. Click on a category, like "Competitive Intelligence -- A Selective Resource Guide", and you'll find links to business search engines, directories, blogs, videos, news feeds, databases of company information, public records, company financial data, patents & trademarks, people tracking services, telephone directories, libraries, stock market quotes, and much more. There are also "how-to" guides, like "Competitive Intelligence On A Shoestring", which is a PDF file you can download, written by an expert researcher.

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200 MILLION SCIENCE PAGES
All You Need About Science

The U.S. government funds a lot of scientific research, and there's a portal to this information at Science.gov (http://www.science.gov). Science.gov lets you search 36 databases and 1,850 Web sites containing 200 million pages of science data, including research & development results. You can search by keyword or browse the categories on the home page, which include topics like Biotechnology, Energy, Food Safety, Health Care, Maps, Space Technologies, and Veterinary Science, among others. When you click through the categories you'll be amazed at the interesting sites you discover. Certain sites and searches are featured every day, based on their popularity or usefulness.

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USE TWO SEARCH ENGINES AT ONCE
Save Search Time

Now here's an interesting idea. Searchboth.com (http://us.searchboth.net) lets you run a search in two places at once, so you can compare the results. It's not just any two search engines, either -- Searchboth.com lets you search on Google and Yahoo, or eBay and Amazon, or Dictionary.com and Answers.com, or Orbitz and Travelocity, to name a few. If you want to shop, book a flight, rent an apartment, find a job, look up the definition of a word, or any of a number of other things, this site will let you compare results from search engines that specialize in what you're looking for.

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