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International Information and Resources

  • Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters: Produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, this guide is designed to help U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, learn the basics of trade finance. Concise, two-page chapters offer the basics of numerous financing techniques.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC): OPIC helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing risks associated with foreign direct investment, and supports U.S. foreign policy.
  • CIA World Factbook: Extensive information on every recognized country in the world. Data is diverse ranging from trade to weather. Great site to access if you have representatives visiting from another country, plan on making a trip to foreign country, or are looking for contact information to expand trade in your community.
  • Library of Congress Country Studies: A description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
  • U.S. Department of State Directory: Links to U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions around the world.



  • Department of Economic Opportunity: Current employment and unemployment statistics, employment & wage reports, and unemployment claims information. Publications section includes detailed Industry Profiles, Fact Sheets and maps. Estimates of the number of people employed by occupations and the average wages paid to them
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Employment and wage estimates for hundreds of occupational codes by state or MSA. Compare labor costs and identify talent resources.
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