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  Wednesday, September 29, 2004 Issue 94 Volume 4 Number 20  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• HUNGARY -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
• FINDING INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET -- A SEARCH TUTORIAL
• WLW -- A WORLDWIDE SUPPLIER DATABASE
• EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY -- YOU ARE THERE

Hello International Traders!

In this issue I have a site that will help you break into the Hungarian market, which is one of Central Europe's most promising. Also, I found a university site that will teach you the most effective way to search the Internet. Plus, I found a database with thousands of suppliers from ten countries, and you can search it for free. Finally, I have a site with gripping eyewitness accounts of historical events, one you can enjoy time and again.

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.

HUNGARY -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE

Although Hungary suffered much in the 20th century from the Second World War and the iron grip of Communism, the 21st century looks like it will be a much better one for this Central European country. Hungary has had strong economic growth in the last five years, with declining inflation and low unemployment. Imports and exports were above US $40 billion in 2003, and in May 2004 Hungary joined the European Union, which should improve the trade picture even more.

If you'd like to find out more about trade opportunities with Hungary, go to the Hungary page at Export.gov. There's a country profile, detailed market research, trade and investment leads, a profile of the investment climate, information about financing, key contacts, U.S. embassy reports, business news, links to government agencies, and much more.

There are more useful links to Hungary at the FITA site. Simply go to http://www.fita.org/webindex/countries.html, then go to "Europe" and click on Hungary. Or, you can type "Hungary" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

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FINDING INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET -- A SEARCH TUTORIAL


he Internet is a great resource if you're researching a market, writing a college term paper, or even just settling a friendly argument, but in order to find the right information, you have to know the right way to search. Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial ( http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html ) will help you do just that. This page, which is based on a course offered at the University of California at Berkeley, is a nuts and bolts explanation of how to get the best results when you search the Internet. It tells you how to formulate a search strategy, how to choose the right search tool for your needs, how to evaluate Web sites for credibility, how to find "invisible" databases that aren't indexed in the major search engines, and much more. There are links to search engines and directories, so you can start your searching right from this page.

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ALIBABA.COM
http://www.alibaba.com

Alibaba.com is the world's largest marketplace for global trade and is the leading provider of online marketing services for importers and exporters. With over 4 million registered members worldwide, Alibaba.com is the number one destination for volume buyers and qualified sellers to find trade opportunities and promote their businesses online.

Alibaba has been selected by Forbes magazine as "Best of the Web" for business-to-business websites worldwide for 4 consecutive years, and Alexa.com has named Alibaba the No.1 International Business and Trade website. Whether you have something to Buy or Sell, visit www.Alibaba.com and join for FREE today!


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WLW -- A WORLDWIDE SUPPLIER DATABASE

If I were looking for a supplier of widgets in Germany, I'd use WLW ( http://www.wlw.com ), a very extensive supplier search engine. WLW stands for "wer liefert was?" which the Altavista online translation site renders as "Who supplies which?". The site is German, but it has a database of 307,356 suppliers from 10 countries, along with another 102,483 export-oriented companies. Your search will return a list of companies with contact information, including Web and e-mail addresses. You can contact the companies yourself, or send inquiries through the WLW site. There are many other features to help you customize this service for your own needs, and the best part is, the site is free.

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EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY -- YOU ARE THERE

If you've ever wondered what it was like to be on the Titanic when it hit the iceberg, or with Kublai Khan in the middle of a battle, or on the street during the Great Fire of London, you can learn all that and more at EyeWitness to History.com ( http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com ). This site has dozens of eyewitness accounts of historical events, and they make for fascinating reading. There are also historical photos, and some recordings of radio broadcasts and speeches relating to pivotal events of the 20th century. This site is useful for teachers, students, and anyone who wants to experience an eyewitness account of a historical event.

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