Business Websites

Company Information

  • information source, "powered by Thomson StreetEvents, lets you get the latest corporate information, with access to Live Webcasts and Online Replays, free Annual Reports, the most reliable Investment Event Calendar available anywhere--earnings releases, conference calls, splits, dividends and more... , snapshot profiles, management presentations, company FAQs, corporate governance - including management biographies, insider transactions, and more."
  • Forbes Lists & Rankings--useful site for business rankings.
  • Fortune 50--gives background articles and current information on all of the Fortune 500 companies; an extremely useful resource.
  • Hoover's Online --contains the same excellent company information as its paper volume. Consistent, thorough and reliable information about any publicly-traded company.
  • INC 500 ranks America's fastest-growing private companies.
  • Industry Research Desk--from Polson Enterprises, brings together an extensive set of online tools for researching industries, markets, companies, and manufacturing processes.
  • Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System Search--search by SIC code, by keyword, or browse through the manual structure to find an SIC code.
  • ThomasNet--comprehensive resource for industrial information, products, services, CAD drawings, and more.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration--everything for the small business can be found at this website, including articles on starting, financing and expanding your small business, as well as useful links to other sites relating to small business operation.
  • Virtual Chase--learn how to search for company information at this site. A great guide to company research on the web.

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International Business

  • Country Briefings--from the News, country profiles, forecasts, statistics and more.
  • Global Edge--maintained by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University. Provides links to country specific information, data sets on international business, electronic journals in the field, and information and links in international trade. The Academy section is designed for faculty and graduate researchers and includes interactive educational tools for use in the classroom  with  modules focusing on multiple areas pertinent to international business. 
  • Europages--the European equivalent of Thomas' Register; contains company information for both EU and non-EU industries.
  • International Chamber of Commerce: The World Business Organization--site offers information on ICC activities "from arbitration and dispute resolution to making the case for open trade and the market economy system, business self-regulation, fighting corruption or combating commercial crime." 
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)--contains numerous working papers, reports, and data sets relating to the international financial situation, as well as current fund rates and exchange rates worldwide. Updated daily.
  • International Trade Administration--develops and disseminates trade and economic data, provides research and analysis that examines issues affecting the U.S. manufacturing and services competitiveness in domestic and global markets.
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)--provides a wealth of documents and statistical information on international markets and country development.
  • U.S. Census Bureau--section on Foreign Trade Statistics
  • US. Customs-now part of Homeland Security, this site has information about exports, imports, regulations, enforcement, and more.
  • U.S. International Trade Commission--an independent federal agency determining import injury to U.S. industries in anti dumping, countervailing duty, and global and China safeguard investigations; directing actions against unfair trade practices involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; supporting policymakers through economic analysis and research on the global competitiveness of U.S. industries; and maintaining the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
  • VIBES (Virtual International Business & Economic Sources)--provides resources for international business and economic information. Hosted by the University of North Carolina.
  • World Bank Group--country information, data and statistics, research papers, projects, and more.
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)--complete copy of the World Trade Agreement of 1994, establishing the WTO and including GATT.

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  • Ad*access--a graphical database of more than 7,000 digitized American and Canadian print advertisements originally published between 1911 and 1955. Advertising topics include Transportation, Health & Beauty, Radio, Television and World War II Public Service announcements. Searching is available by type of illustration and special features, by keyword, or by special index fields. An impressive site, well constructed and of great interest to the historian of advertising. Duke University
  • Advertising World--presents an extensive collection of advertising-related links in more than 75 topics, ranging from Account Planning to Web Site Promotion. A stellar site from the Department of Advertising at the University of Texas, Austin.
  • U.S. and International Marketing from Louisiana State University is a meta-site containing a wealth of links to sites serving the needs of national and international marketing. Includes country information, electronic journals, trade agreements, and many other fields.

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  • EcEd Web--collection of information and web links showing activities to use in economics classes and sites of other teachers of economics
  • Economagic--comprehensive economic time series page, created by Ted Bos at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Includes time series from the Federal Reserve, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, IRS, Bank of Canada, Bank of Japan and the Central Bank of Europe. A great one-stop site for economic time series data, highly recommended to all students and faculty.
  • Economic History Services-- the site provides resources and promotes communication among scholars in economic history and related fields. "Have you ever wondered what the value of a dollar was in 1895? Or what the GDP was in 1929? Here is a place where you can ask questions of comparative value covering purchasing power, exchange rates, and other variables between the past and today."
  • EPI DataZone--from the Economic Policy Institute. Includes downloadable time series of valuable data on employment and earnings, both nationwide and by region.
  • Federal Reserve Board: Beige Book Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal District -- Commonly known as the Beige Book, this report is published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its district through reports from bank and branch directors and interviews with key businessmen, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige Book summarizes this information by district and sector. The entire site of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is also available, including current press releases, articles from the Federal Reserve Bulletin, and links to all 12 Federal Reserve Districts.
  • FRASER--The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research comes from the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and expands on its mission to provide economic information and data to researchers interested in the U.S. economy. On this web site you will find links to scanned images of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents. When used in connection with data contained in FRED® (Federal Reserve Economic Data), FRASER™ allows the researcher to create uninterrupted data series by accessing sources previously available only in printed form and those currently available electronically (on FRED®). In addition, the ability to retrieve series presented in preliminary, revised, and final releases provides a powerful tool in recreating and evaluating previous economic research and policy.
  • Money -- Past, Present & Future--from Roy Davies at Exeter University, U.K. Contains articles and links dealing with money, its history, and monetary policy, both in the Western industrial countries and worldwide.
  • Positively Minnesota--Department of Employment and Economic Development--an economic and statistical fact book.
  • RePEc--Research Papers in Economics is a collaborative volunteer effort in 58 countries and 35 states in the U.S. to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles, and software components. RePEc now collaborates with the American Economic Association's EconLit database to provide content from leading universities' working paper series to EconLit.
  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis--BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor. Includes data, publications and research papers, quick updates of the U.S. economy and regional economic information.
  • U.S. Department of Commerce--latest economic indicators, trade statistics, export regulations, and more.
  • WebEC:General Economics Resources--good source for economic information on the Web; covers information and links in economics and economic thought, mathematical and quantitative methods, macroeconomics, microeconomics, data sets, international, financial and welfare economics, public economics and economic systems.

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