Going Global

Doing Business This free Internet site, first launched in 2003, is a highly successful resource for “comparing business regulations.” In-depth data and reports about and rankings of regulations relevant to doing business are supplied for 175 economies, along with tools for comparative analyses. The rankings, data, and reports are derived from quantifiable data that are a reflection of the costs, number of requirements, and time involved in specific business functions and operations. Policymakers, the aid community, and researchers, as well as business executives and foreign investors can use this resource effectively.

Export.gov Produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Export.gov “brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American business in international sales.” In this era of globalization, the benefits of exporting are enormous, and this Web resource assists with identifying important exporting opportunities and is an indispensable tool for anyone doing business abroad. The Web site provides trade leads and access to the U.S. Commercial Services extensive Market Research Library database. The Market Research Library furnishes documents, such as Country Commercial Guides, industry overviews, and market updates. Access to most of the materials is free but requires registration.