|Monday, February 4,
|VOLUME 2 ISSUE 3
Here's your latest issue of
Really Useful Sites for International Trade
Professionals. 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 visiting.
|BUSINESS ETIQUETTE |
Although it sometimes seems
like the business world is getting standardized, and
people are all starting to dress and act the same, don't
be fooled -- we're still a very diverse planet, and
local customs have deep roots. That's why you need a
site like ExecutivePlanet.com's
Business Etiquette and Culture page at www.executiveplanet.com.
This page has detailed instructions on how to conduct
yourself in business settings in dozens of countries.
You'll find everything from how to dress for a meeting
in Italy (formal is best) to body language in Brazil
(stand close to the other person and maintain eye contact)
to scores of other topics. There's also a message board,
and a new section with tips for women. This site will
help you avoid gaffes that could undermine your business
FEATURED REGIONAL SITE -- AFRICA |
Africa has a rich potential
for business, and if you're interested in researching
specific African countries, go to Lex
Africa Business Guides at www.mbendi.co.za/werksmns/lexaf/index.htm#Members.
You simply scroll down the page to the list of countries
and click on the one you're interested in. You'll find
detailed information about the business climate, laws,
political situation, and other parameters of each country.
For even more data, click on "Other Info". These guides
are a valuable resource for anyone looking to do business
There are lots more links to Africa at the FITA site.
Go to http://fita.org/webindex,
click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading
Areas in the left column or "Search by Country or
Region" in the right column, and then "Africa" in
the pop-up window. Or simply type "Africa" in the
search box at http://fita.org/.
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.
HANDY REFERENCE SITE |
We have encyclopedias and
dictionaries in our house, but my kids hardly ever open
them. When they need to research something for their
homework, they go online. Now I've found a site where
all the resources they need are in one place. The
reference page at KnowPlay?
at www.kplay.cc/reference.html has search boxes that
link to dictionaries, thesaurii, encyclopedias,
quotation databases, atlases, and much more. You just
type in your search word and away you go. And there are
other options -- at the top of the page, you can click
on Finance Search to look up stock quotes, company
information, and SEC filings. Or, you could click on
People Search to look up names, addresses, phone
numbers, and e-mail addresses. There are lots more
options, too -- it's a simple and effective way to
search the Web.
|FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE
FITA and Worldbid.com have
launched a new International Buy/Sell exchange. The FITA Buy/Sell
Exchange at fita.worldbid.com is FITA's new
business-to-business marketplace that helps your company
find more business by delivering tender opportunities,
RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. You will
have access to a global network of affiliated trade
sites that work together to bring together businesses
across borders. Take a
|RECIPES ARCHIVE |
Here's a fun site for you
cooks out there. The
Recipes Archive at www.chef2chef.com has a database
of 280,000 free recipes, and there are multiple ways to
search it. You can search by keyword, topic (Meats,
Sweets, Vegetables, etc.), cooking time, country (just
click on one of the flags at the top of the screen), or
you can click on "Top 50 Recipes" in the drop-down box
in the right corner. This site also has a big list of
links to other English language food sites, and you can
even find recipes in non-English languages.
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For a free list of links to useful sites in a wide
variety of categories (both business and personal),
visit my Web
|Published by Federation
of International Trade Associations
2002 The Federation of International Trade Associations.
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