Additional online resources on American business and the economy.
About.com: Business and Finance
Links to resources providing information and advice on topics such as starting
a small business, writing a business plan etc.
Bplans.com: The Business Planning Resource Center
Features a free collection of detailed sample business plans that serve as
useful models for small and medium-sized businesses developing their own plans.
Official homepage of Bloomberg, a global provider of data, news and analytics.
Official homepage of BusinessWeek, a business magazine published by
Center for Research in Electronic
The leading research center in electronic commerce, digital economy and
information technology, in close collaboration with industry and business
Links to an extensive selection of websites providing business news, research
resources and administration tools.
Links to the CNN Money magazine homepage.
Links to the E-Commerce Times homepage.
FindLaw for Small Business
Legal resources for business.
Official homepage of Forbes, a business and financial magazine.
E-glossary containing definitions of thousands of financial terms.
Official homepage of Fortune, a source of business and financial news.
Official homepage of Inc., a magazine that delivers advice, tools, and services
to help run and grow businesses more successfully.
Provides free basic news and information on nearly 14,000 public and private
companies in the U.S. and the world. Logon is not required. Please scroll down
to see free material under "Work More Efficiently."
Library: Business & Economic Resources
Guides users to selected websites in 20 topical subcategories including
accounting, banking, business administration and management.
Official homepage of Kiplinger, a personal finance magazine.
Business articles about current trends, industry leaders and research.
Local U.S. Business Journals
Highlights news from 41 U.S. local business markets.
Michigan Electronic Library:
Click on "Business, Economics & Labor" in the left column, then scroll down
under "Best of the Web" and click on "Small and Home Business."
The New York Times Business Navigator
A selective guide to internet, business, financial and investing resources
compiled by the New York Times technology editor.
Free directory of North American manufacturing companies and products.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: Survey of
Provides current and past issues of the monthly journal prepared by the Bureau
of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
U.S. Business Advisor
Provides businesses with one-stop access to U.S. Government services and
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Filings & Forms (EDGAR)
The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system, performs
automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance and forwarding of SEC
Web100: Big Business on the Web
The Web100 is a guide to the Internet homepages of the largest (by revenue)
U.S. and international companies.
Links to a list of technology Bloggers.
Annual and quarterly trade data at the State and National level.
Annual Report Gallery
Provides online annual reports to investors.
Better Business Bureaus
The Better Business Bureaus extend across the U.S., providing business
reliability reports, dispute resolution, truth-in-advertising, consumer and
business education and charity reviews.
This website explains basic concepts about stocks, security analysis, debt
securities, mutual funds, etc. and spells out hundreds of abbreviations used in
government, economics and business.
Financial Accounting Standards Board
Links to FASB homepage.
The Investor's Clearinghouse
-- Alliance for Investor Education
This portal links to "how-to" information on investing basics, stocks, mutual
funds, bonds and futures.
A tutorial for finding company and industry information on the Internet.
Employment and Occupations
Websites for the Congressional Committees responsible for the budget process:
ARNet Excluded Parties List
A searchable database of all contractors and non-contractors that have been
barred from doing business with the government. It is searchable by agency and
code, and includes educational providers among many other categories of
U.S. Federal Communications Commission
The FCC is an independent United States government agency, established by
the Communications Act of 1934 to regulate interstate and international
communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in the 50
states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
The federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to
people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The official homepage of the Office of Communications, which provides
leadership, expertise, counsel, and coordination for the development of
communications strategies that are vital to the overall formulation, awareness
and acceptance of U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and policies.
Federal E-gov Program
Description of the Federal E-Gov program and the use of technology to improve
how the Federal Government serves citizens, businesses and associations.
U.S. Internal Revenue
Service: The Newsroom
Provides the latest news from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the U.S.
Department of the Treasury.
Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
Links to a comprehensive index of web-based tax and accounting resources.
U.S. Copyright Office
The official homepage of the U.S. Copyright Office, the branch of the Library
of Congress that administers copyright law in the United States.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Newsroom
Provides press releases and background information on a range of topics related
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, from bioengineered food to nutrition to
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The EEOC has jurisdiction over employment discrimination issues for the Federal
Government's role as an employer and also for private employers, State and
local agencies, employment services, and labor organizations.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
The official homepage of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it provides
information on U.S. intellectual property law and regulations as well as a
searchable database of all patents and trademarks issued in the United States.
U.S. Small Business Administration
Links to the U.S. Small Business Administration homepage
Offers a single access point to business, economic and trade related the U.S.
as a whole and to individual states; some information incurs charges.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Features statistical data on employment and unemployment, employment
projections, prices and living conditions etc.
Bureau of Labor Statistics News
Provides the latest economic news releases from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Federal Reserve Economic Data
U.S. Census Bureau
The homepage of the official federal source of population statistics. Census
reports cover demographically related topics including economics, educational
attainment, health, birth and mortality, cultural diversity, communications,
U.S. Census Bureau Economic Programs
An array of economic data about U.S. business and trade as published in major
U.S. statistical reports.
U.S. Census Bureau: Economic Census
Links to the U.S. Census Bureau Economic Census website. Features a statistical
profile of the economy which is renewed every five years.
B&E Datalinks: Econ & Financial
Guides users to selected websites offering financial, macroeconomic,
microeconomic, and labor data.
U.S. Department of Transportation: Bureau of
Transportation Statistics (BTS)
Bureau of Transportation Statistics website.
Gateway to selected websites focusing on U.S. regional socioeconomic data.
Comprehensive official statistics from U.S. Government Agencies.
Statistical Resources on the
Guides users to numerous selected U.S. Government and international statistical
websites and online research tools related to trade, economics and business.
U.S. Department of Commerce: Bureau of Economic
National, regional and international statistical data including GDP, personal
income, balance of payment, etc.
USDA Economic and
The USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (ESMIS) is a
collaborative project between Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University and
several agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The system contains
nearly 2500 reports and datasets. These materials cover U.S. and international
agriculture and related topics. Available titles include both current and
U.S. International Trade Commission:
Interactive Tariff and Trade Data Web
Provides information about U.S. Imports and Exports. Users can search by list
of products or one at a time.
Industry, Trade, and
the Economy: Data and Analysis
Provides data and analysis on international and domestic trade and investment
U.S. National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency to
promote the progress of science; advance national health, prosperity, and
welfare; and secure the national defense. NSF funds approximately 20 percent of
federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and
universities, chiefly by issuing limited-term grants for research proposals
that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective
Bitlaw: A Resource on Technology Law
The official homepage of BitLaw, a comprehensive Internet resource on
technology law, containing over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark,
and Internet legal issues.
The Center for Democracy and Technology
The official homepage of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), an
organization that works to promote democratic values and constitutional
liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy,
CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global
U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing
measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic
security and improve quality of life.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The official homepage of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit
organization that advocates for free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer
rights on the Internet.
U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy
The office will initiate advanced technologies such as biomass and biofuels,
solar power, wind power, advanced vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cells.
U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Policy and
The Office advises on existing and prospective energy-related policies such as
international emergency management, national security, and international
cooperation in science and technology.
Energy Star © is a US government-backed program helping businesses and
individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
U.S. Department of Energy: National Renewable Energy
The laboratory's scientists and researchers support critical market objectives
to accelerate research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative
U.S. House of Representatives: Committee
on Energy and Commerce
The jurisdiction of this Committee includes: interstate energy compacts,
exploration, production, storage, supply, marketing, pricing, and regulation of
energy resources. It also covers energy conservation, generation and marketing
and national energy policy.
U.S. Senate: Energy and Natural
The jurisdiction of the Committee includes oversight and legislative
responsibilities for national energy policy, international energy affairs,
emergency preparedness, nuclear waste policy and privatization of federal
U.S. Energy Resources Program
The program addresses the challenge of increasing demand for affordable energy
from environmentally acceptable energy sources by conducting basic and applied
research on geologic energy resources and on the environmental, economic, and
human health impacts of their production and use.
U.S. Geothermal Energy Research
The program focuses on: energy systems research and testing (working to enhance
conversion of geothermal energy into heat and electricity); drilling
technologies research (for both hardware and diagnostic tools) and geoscience
and supporting technologies research (exploration and resource management).
U.S. Office of
Transportation Policy Studies (Department of Transportation)
The Office of Transportation Policy Studies conducts, prepares, monitors, and
forecasts to support the formulation of transportation policy and legislative
initiatives; reports to Congress on highway policy issues; and monitors and
forecasts economic, demographic, and personal/commercial travel trends.
National Science Foundation,
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering supports
investigator initiated research in all areas of computer and information
science and engineering, helps develop and maintain cutting-edge national
computing and information infrastructure for research and education, and
contributes to the education and training of the next generation of computer
scientists and engineers.
U.S. National Coordination Office for Networking
and Information Technology Research and Development
NCO/NITRD drives innovation in scientific research, national security,
communication, and commerce to sustain U.S. technological leadership. The NITRD
agencies' collaborative efforts increase the overall effectiveness and
productivity of Federal networking and information technology R&D
investments, leveraging strengths, avoiding duplication, and increasing
interoperability of R&D products.
Corporation for National Research
The official homepage of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives,
organization that undertakes, fosters, and promotes research in the public
interest. Its activities center around strategic development of network-based
information technologies, providing leadership and funding for research and
development of the National Information Infrastructure.
Berkman Center for Internet &
The official homepage of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a
research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help
pioneer its development. It represents a network of faculty, students, fellows,
entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage
with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Panels
The ANSI Federation's primary goal is to enhance the global competitiveness of
U.S. business and the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating
voluntary consensus standards and ensuring their integrity.
Links to a non-profit organization donating Internet services and support to
developing world organizations.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
Links to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Institute for Global Communications
Links to the environment forum for the nonprofit Institute for Global
Communications, devoted to the use of communications technologies as activist
U.S. Computer Crime and Intellectual Property
Section (Department of Justice)
CCIPS is responsible for implementing national strategies to combat computer
and intellectual property crimes worldwide. It comprises a comprehensive
program designed to combat electronic penetrations, data thefts, and
cyberattacks on critical information systems. CCIPS prevents, investigates, and
prosecutes computer crimes by working with other government agencies, the
private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts.
Computer Security Resource Center
Links to the Computer Security Resource Center at the National Institute of
Standards and Technology
U.S. National Telecommunications and Information
The official homepage of the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA), the President's principal adviser on telecommunications
and information policy issues.
NASA's Vision for
Official website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Mars Exploration Rovers
Prepared by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA), this fact sheet provides information on the Mars
Exploration Rover program.
Trade Information Center
The Trade Information Center of the
Department of Commerce provides answers
to export questions, tariff and import
fee information, and other resources.
The official homepage of the U.S.
Trade Representative, an agency that
negotiates directly with foreign governments
to create trade agreements, resolve
disputes and participate in global
trade policy organizations. It also
meets with governments, business groups,
legislators and public interest groups
to gather input on trade issues and
explain the president's trade policy
The Currency Site
Provides current currency cross rates
for major markets and facilitates
A global business portal that connects
international business professionals
to information and resources on global
Bank of the United States
Links to the homepage of the official
export credit agency of the United
of American States: Foreign Trade
This portal links to Western Hemisphere
trade agreements, FTAA information,
and background resources on major
regional trade issues.
Agency for International Development
USAID is the principal U.S. agency
to extend assistance to countries
recovering from disaster, trying to
escape poverty, and engaging in democratic
reforms. USAID is an independent federal
government agency that receives overall
foreign policy guidance from the Secretary
Department of Agriculture. Economic
Research Service (ERS)
ERS conducts a research program to
inform public and private decision-making
on economic and policy issues involving
food, farming, natural resources,
and rural development.
Department of Agriculture. Foreign
Agricultural Service (FAS)
The FAS works to improve foreign market
access for U.S. products.
Department of Commerce
The Department creates national policy,
promotes and assists international
trade, strengthens the economic position
of the United States, promotes progressive
domestic business policies and growth,
improves uses of the environment and
oceanic life, ensures effective use
of scientific and technical resources,
acquires, analyzes, disseminates information
to assist states, communities, and
individuals with economic progress.
Department of Commerce. Export Portal
Serves as a major U.S. Government
clearinghouse to resources for trade
Free Trade Agreements
Website designed to help you learn
more about U.S. Free Trade Agreements
and how they can help grow your business.
Department of Commerce. International
Trade Administration (ITA)
The ITA contains extensive foreign
trade data and statistical analysis,
facts about upcoming trade missions,
and news about current import investigations
related to antidumping measures.
Department of Commerce. Trade Compliance
Contains active, binding full text
agreements between the U.S. and its
trading partners, and links to concise
guides that explain several individual
Department of Justice. Antitrust Division
Links to the Antitrust division website.
The mission of the Antitrust Division
is to promote and protect the competitive
process - and the U.S. economy --
through the enforcement of the antitrust
Department of Labor. Bureau of International
Labor Affairs (ILAB)
Links to the Bureau of International
Department of State. Bureau of Economic,
Energy and Business Affairs
The Bureau of Economic, Energy and
Business Affairs (EB) formulates and
carries out foreign economic policy
in cooperation with U.S. companies,
U.S. Government agencies, and other
organizations, integrating U.S. economic
interests with foreign policy goals
so that U.S. firms and investors can
compete on an equal basis with their
Department of the Treasury
The mission of the Department of the
Treasury is to promote the conditions
for prosperity and stability in the
United States and encourage prosperity
and stability in the rest of the world,
acting as the steward of U.S. economic
and financial systems, and as an influential
participant in the international economy.
Department of the Treasury. Financial
Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
The network's mission is to safeguard
the financial system from the abuses
of financial crime, including terrorist
financing, money laundering, and other
Department of the Treasury. Internal
Revenue Service (IRS)
The Internal Revenue Service is the
nation's tax collection agency and
administers the Internal Revenue Code
enacted by Congress.
Federal Communications Commission.
The FTC enforces federal consumer
protection laws that prevent fraud,
deception and unfair business practices.
States Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC enforces federal consumer
protection laws that prevent fraud,
deception and unfair business practices.
Federal Reserve System. Board of Governors
Links to the Federal Reserve System
House of Representatives. Committee
on Ways and Means
Provides information on trade, tax,
social security and other economic
International Trade Commission
The USITC administers U.S. trade remedy
laws, advises the president and congress
on international trade and competitiveness
matters, and publishes the Harmonized
Tariff Schedule of the United States
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
OPIC helps U.S. businesses invest
overseas, fosters economic development
in new and emerging markets, complements
the private sector in managing the
risks associated with foreign direct
investment, and supports U.S. foreign
Securities and Exchange Commission
The SEC protects investors and maintains
the integrity of the securities markets.
Trade and Development Agency (TDA)
USTDA's mission is to advance economic
development and U.S. commercial interests
in developing and middle-income countries
by funding technical assistance, investment
analysis, training, orientation visits
and business workshops that support
the development of a modern infrastructure
and a fair and open trading environment.
Chamber of Commerce. Center for International
Private Enterprise (CIPE)
CIPE, a non-profit organization, is
one of four core institutes of the
National Endowment for Democracy.
CIPE supports local initiatives in
developing countries involving the
private sector in policy advocacy
and institutional reform, improving
governance, and building understanding
of market-based democratic systems.
University. Center for International
Development: Global Trade Negotiations
The Global Trade Negotiations Home
Page is maintained at Harvard University's
Center for International Development,
to provide a centralized information
resource on global trade negotiations.
It does not advocate any specific
trade policies or support any particular
for International Economics
Features policy briefs and working
papers on such topics as globalization
and the WTO, trade promotion authority,
the international financial architecture,
Chamber of Commerce
The ICC is a world business organization
that promotes open international trade
and investment and the market economy.
Information Institute (Cornell University):
Provides a concise definition of international
trade law, and links to U.S. and international
legal material and key internet sources
on the subject.
An international trade and commercial
law monitor, provides links to selected
websites and to core documents --
international trade instruments, treaties,
conventions, model laws and rules.
The State of California's export promotion
site, providing practical information
from authoritative resources for research,
finding buyers, shipping and transporting
goods, and obtaining financing.
of North Carolina-Charlotte. J. Murrey
Atkins Library. VIBES
VIBES is the Virtual International
Business and Economic Sources, providing
links to selected websites from the
U.S. government, international organizations,
trade associations and universities
that feature full-text articles and
reports, statistics and subject portals.
American Federation of Labor and Congress of
Industrial Organizations ( AFL-CIO)
The official homepage of the AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 53 national and
international labor unions.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal
The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is the
nation's largest and fastest growing public service employees union, and it
organizes for social and economic justice in the workplace and through
political action and legislative advocacy.
Service Employees International Union
The official homepage of the Service
Employees International Union (SEIU),
an organization focused on uniting
workers in four sectors: hospital
systems, long-term care, property
services, and public services.
The Teamsters are America's largest, most diverse union starting as a merger of
the two leading team driver associations. Teamsters are known as the champion
of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have organized workers in
virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional,
private sector and public sector.
American Postal Workers Union
The APWU is the world's largest postal union, representing more than 330,000
USPS employees and retirees, and nearly 2,000 private-sector mail workers.
Sleeping Car Porters
The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first
African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor
(AFL). As a black organization, not just a union, the Brotherhood was an
important early component of the civil rights movement.
Movement in America
Links to an article from the Social Studies Help Center about the Labor Union
Movement in America.
National Council of Nonprofit Associations
NCNA is the network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving over
20,000 members in 41 states and the District of Columbia, linking local
organizations to a national audience through state associations and helps small
and midsize nonprofits manage and lead more effectively; collaborate and
exchange solutions; engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector; and
achieve greater impact in their communities.
American Public Heath Association
APHA has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims
to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health
threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease
prevention activities and preventive health services are accessible in the U.S.
APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about
their own health and the health of their communities.
Community Associations Institute
CAI is a national organization dedicated to fostering vibrant, competent,
harmonious community associations, providing education and resources to the
volunteer homeowner associations who govern community associations and the
professionals who support them. Our members include community association
volunteer leaders, professional managers, community management firms, and other
professionals and companies that provide products and services to associations.
American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association
in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the
highest quality library and information services and public access to
information in the U.S. ALA offers professional services and publications to
members and nonmembers, and analysis of crucial issues from ALA's Washington
The Giving Forum
The Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a Forum of the national network of
local leaders and organizations across the U.S. that supports effective
charitable giving. These regional associations collectively represent more than
4,000 grantmakers and others interested in philanthropy.
American Society of Association Executives' Gateway to Associations
American Society of Association Executives' & The Center for Association
Leadership website is a gateway to resources to help association professionals
achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance. ASAE produces training
programs, publishes, provide web-based tools and resources and conducts market
Federation of International Trade
The FITA Global Trade Portal, is the source for international import export
trade leads, events, and links to 8,000 international trade (export import)
Internet Public Library - Associations on the
Provides annotated links to websites of prominent organizations and
associations spanning numerous subject areas.
U.S. Federal Citizen Information
Center: Trade Associations
Provides contact Information and URLs for selected industry associations.
U.S. Council for International Business
The United States Council for International Business helps companies do just
that. It gives business a seat at the table, presenting American business
ideas, values and solutions on a wide range of issues - from environment to
e-commerce to labor relations - directly to U.S. policy makers and officials in
the United Nations, European Union and a host of other governments and groups.