Business 470: Latin American Global Business


Databases by Subject—Business
Business Source Elite
Full-text of news media sources, including world and foreign language news.
Useful sections include: News
Business : Company Financial : Source - Hoover’s Company Reports
Business : Industry & Market News

Country Profiles

Background Notes
Brief U.S. Department of State overview of every nation in the world
Cia World Factbook
From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Country Commercial Guides
Reports prepared annually by U.S. embassies
Present a comprehensive look at countries’ commercial environments, using economic, political, and market analysis
Country Studies
Introductory information on most countries of the world
Economist Country Briefings
Contains news articles, country profiles, forecasts, and statistics
International Monetary Fund Country Information
World Bank Country Data
Economic data from national governments compiled by the World Bank
BBC Country Profiles
Eldis Country Profiles (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America)
World Facts and Figures
The Internationalist
Nation Master - statistics
Global Edge
Development Gateway

Latin American Websites

Latin American Network
Provides access to web based resources from and about Latin American countries
Affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin
BBC Mundo
Latin American news
Business News Americas
Daily business news from Latin America; some articles require registration
Latin Trade
Directory of Latin American business contacts
Latin American Newsletters
Some articles available via freely, others through a free trial or subscription only
Useful sites for international trade with Latin America
Mercantil: Latin America business portal
Links to businesses in specific industries and countries
Zona Latina: The Latin American Media Site
Links for media and marketing in Latin America, including newspapers, magazines, radio, and television

Other Geographic Regions

World Media
World Press Review

Links to newspapers around the world

Online Newspapers

Asian Web Sites  

Doing Business in Asia 
Asian Business Strategy 
Asia Times 
Far Eastern Economic Review
A business magazine published weekly in Hong Kong
Contains news articles and reports on politics, business, economics, technology and social and cultural issues throughout Asia, with a particular emphasis on both Southeast Asia and China
Asia Society 
Asian Net - e-business connections for Asian business
Association of Sourtheast Asian Nations
Asica Pacific Economic Cooperation

 African Web Sites 

Africa Business News
Africa Business Pages 
Africa Guide
A travel guide

 Middle East Web Sites 

Middle East Information Network
Business and Economy in the Middle East
Middle East Trade and Investment

Eastern/Western European Web Sites
Russian and East European Network
Transitions Online
(formerly Central Europe Review)
E.U. Business

Culture & Food

Culture, Food Information

Comparing Cultural Differences: Mexico with Canada & the United States
Executive Planet
Cultural Profiles 

Other Regional Foods Online, Recipes
Asia Food
Asian Food Grocer
Asian Online Recipes
Mexican Grocer
French Gourmet Food Online
The Taste of Asia

Language Translation
Free Translation
Travel Language Dictionaries

Cereal Companies

Kellogg’s Al Arabi
Kellogg’s UK
Kellogg’s Australia and New Zealand
Bokomo South Africa
Nestle Cereals UK
Weetabix UK
Maizoro Mexico
Sanitarium Australia
President’s Choice Canada
General Mills International
Nestle UK
PepsiCo Quaker Brands
Brueggen Germany
Nordgetreide Germany
Nestle Caribbean

Comprehensive Star Wars Cereal Box Checklist
Topher’s Breakfast Cereal Character Guide
Flickr Page “Museum of Foreign Groceries”
Cereal Box Archive
Cereal of the 80’s Index

Landor: Strategic Brand Consulting  and Design
GFK Custom Research
Brand Channel
Design Force, Inc.
Web Marketing Place
Brand Channel: Brand Papers

Quick MBA
Mind Tools
Business School:
Business Balls
Quintessential Careers

Consulates & Embassies

Chicago Consulates
Global Chicago
U.S. Embassies
Foreign embassies located in Washington D.C.

Annual Reports & Company Info

Annual Reports Library
Guides to using annual reports and links to distributors of annual reports 
Annual Reports Service
Contains annual reports available online
Hoover’s Online
In-depth information on companies, including financial information, company history, and executive biographies

Exporting & International Business

“A Basic Guide to Exporting”
A publication of the U.S. Department of Commerce

 Export America articles
Global Edge

Federation of International Trade Associations
Includes an annotated index of over 3000 websites of trade information
International Trade Administration
Official site of a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce
Includes U.S. export statistics
USA Trade
A wide range of information resources from the U.S. Commercial Service
Country commercial guides from Albania to Zimbabwe
Wall Street Journal - Startup Journal

Federal Government Agencies

Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Export-Import Bank
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Small Business Administration
U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Government Export Portal

Maps & Geography

Country and regional maps

National Geographic
Omni Resources
Quick maps
University of Texas at Austin Map collection
World Atlas

Geographic information

About geography

Political stability information

Transparency International
Berlin-based organization founded to curb corruption in international transactions
Transparency International - USA
U.S. chapter
Travel Warnings
Doing Business (global business regulations)


International Finance

  International Finance

The World Bank Group
International Monetary Fund
World Trade Organization
Inter-American Development Bank
African Development Bank 
Global Financial Data
An historical database of international financial information

 Foreign exchange rates (currency value) 

Universal Currency Converter
Currencies of the World
X-rates: Exchange rates
Oanda: the currency site 
The Euro
Information about the Euro, monetary unit of the European Union

  Global Banknotes (information and images)

Collect Paper Money

  Global stock exchange

BusinessJeeves: Worldwide Stock Exchanges Directory
International Stock Exchanges


Regional Trade Organizations

Regional Trade Organizations

Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
CARICOM (Caribbean Economic Community)
Economic Community of West African States
European Union
North American Free Trade Agreement
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


Business Plans

Business Plans

Wall Street Journal - Startup Journal
1,000 Ventures
Landor: Strategic Brand Consulting and Design
Business Plan Pro
Site for ordering software to create a business plan
Free sample business plans available from a commercial software company
Center for Business Planning
Non-profit organization offering free samples plans and resources
Small Business Administration Business Plan Basics
Small Business Advancement National Center’s Business Plan


Effective Presentations

Effective Presentations
Team Project Advice