Trade show listings
m+a Expo Database
The search gives you access to almost 10,000 tradeshows and exhibitions the world over with more than 13,000 dates. The site can be viewed in English or German. The tradeshow database link is in the menu on the left side of the page.
The CIA World Factbook
An excellent source of economic, demographic, and political information on more than 250 countries and other entities. The site is updated periodically, with a major update every year.
Country Reports from The Economist
News, country profiles, forecasts, statistics and more on 60 countries. Much of the information is free, and “premium” content, i.e., information that costs extra, is clearly marked.
International Statistical Agencies
Links to sources of statistical data for the U.S. and more than 50 countries
Per Diem Rates
Foreign per diem expense rates as issued by the U.S. government, for most international destinations.
The official site of the European Union
Information on the U.S.
Cost of Living
Cost of living comparisons for hundreds of cities in the U.S.
A complete listing of United States visa services
All of the embassies in Washington, DC
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The official site of the U.S. PTO. It contains a lot of valuable information, including a search facility to find existing and pending trademark registrations (go to the “Trademarks” menu, and it is under “Services” at the top of the page) which will save companies time and money in trying to determine whether their product name can be used in the U.S.
Trade-Related Web References
Federation of International Trade Associations
The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA), founded in 1984, fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, and national associations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada that have an international mission. A comprehensive source of information and links to international services and organizations.
European Patent Office
Official website for the European Patent Office, including a search capability.
The Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research is seeking small technology companies to compete for a pool of research and development funds in excess of $500 million.
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s political risk insurance and loans help U.S. businesses of all sizes invest and compete in more than 140 developing nations and emerging markets and worldwide.
Business Advice and Support
A collection of resources for business planning
This is a commercial website selling its own software, but it provides a library of sample business plans and marketing plans.