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American Marketing Association The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the largest marketing association in North America. It is a professional association for individuals and organizations involved in the practice, teaching and study of marketing worldwide. It is also the source that marketers turn to every day for information/resources, education/training and professional networking.

Association of Independent Information Professionals AIIP's members are owners of firms providing such information-related services as online and manual research, document delivery, database design, library support, consulting, writing, and publishing. AIIP is recognized within the information industry as the unifying voice for the independent information profession. The Association works closely with database vendors and producers, and other information providers, to ensure that the needs of its members are considered.

Business Marketing Association Begun in 1922 as the National Industrial Advertising Association, today's Business Marketing Association represents a lifetime of expertise in business-to-business marketing and communications. For more than 80 years, BMA has been the pre-eminent service organization for professionals in this vital industry.

Clickz – Network one-to-one web marketing ClickZ is the largest resource of interactive marketing news, information, commentary, advice, opinion, research, and reference in the world, online or offline. From search to social, technology to trends, our coverage is expert, exclusive, and in-depth.

eMarketing Association The eMarketing Association (eMA) is the world's largest international association of emarketing professionals. Members include governments, companies, professionals and students involved with the emarketing arena. The eMA provides marketing resources, services, research, certifications, educational programs and events to its members and the marketing community. The eMA works with a number of organizations, companies and governments on issues related to eCommerce, multi-channel marketing and legislative issues.

Federal Trade Commission The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.

International Business Etiquette and Manners As global business continues to expand and bring everyone closer, the critical element of a successful business outcome may be the appreciation and respect for regional, country, and cultural differences - known as cultural diversity and requiring good intercultural communication. In these pages you will find a wealth of information and resources on international business etiquette and manners to utilize during your international travels and overseas assignments.

International Trade Association ITA's mission is to create prosperity by strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. provides you access to ITA's valuable information and services regarding U.S. international trade policy.

Marketing Research Association MRA is a self-managed, not-for-profit organization providing programs and services for members to:
  • Enhance their professional development
  • Stay connected with the marketing research community
  • Gain insight into information about trends occurring in the industry
  • Network with fellow researchers

Marketing Resources, Ltd A list of business to business marketing sites.

Minnesota Upper Midwest Chapter of Marketing Research Association The Minnesota/Upper Midwest Chapter is one of 12 Chapters serving National MRA's mission to promote excellence in the opinion and marketing research industry by providing members with a variety of opportunities for advancing and expanding their marketing research and related business skills.

Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.

Stat-USA STAT-USA is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Unlike much of the government, they operate on a cost-recovery basis and do not receive any appropriated funds. STAT-USA provides two main informational services, in addition to several other services catering to specific users. The two main information databases are STAT-USA®/Internet™ and USA Trade® Online. STAT-USA STAT-USA®/Internet™ USA Trade® Online As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.

Web Marketing Association The Web Marketing Association (WMA) was founded in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and web development. Staffed by volunteers, this organization is made up of marketing, advertising, public relations and web design professionals from around the world who share a passion for improving the quality of advertising, marketing and web site development on the Internet today and in the future.

Web Marketing Today Dr. Ralph Wilson formed Wilson Internet Services at the very beginning of the commercial Internet in 1995 to help business people learn how to market their products and services more effectively by means of a website.

World Business Culture A leading website delivering up-to-date information on the myriad of differing cultural approaches that can be encountered when working in the global business environment.

Business Environment Snapshots - World Bank Guide to business environment indicators, laws, and World Bank Group project information for 183 countries.

CEOExpress CEOExpress A business portal for accessing all types of business information.

Country Briefings Provides business travelers and global professionals with concise, up-to-date, independent overviews to help identify commercial opportunities and avoid financial pitfalls. Covers key economic, business and political issues that business and investments depend on.

Country Commercial Guides The Country Commercial Guides (CCG) are prepared by US Embassy Staff once a year and contain information on the business and economic situation of foreign countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business. Each CCG contains the same chapters, and an appendix, which include topics such as marketing, trade regulations, investment climate, and business travel.

Country Rankings Site that uses CIA World Factbook Data to rank countries by such things as population, income, size, birth and death rates, and other parameters.

Country Studies/Area Handbooks The Country Studies Series from the Library of Congress presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

Country Reports Statistical information and cultural information about more than 260 countries.

Country Watch Economic, business, geographic and other information about 191 countries.

Economist Country Briefings Profiles of more than 60 countries. Includes articles from The Economist, background profiles, forecast and statistics from The Economist Intelligence Unit, market and currency updates, news headlines and links.

Emerging Markets Online Market research service specializing in power, energy, telecoms and utilities markets of Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Emerging Markets Online provides a catalog of expert industry databases, market research studies, industry newsletters and daily headline news services. Only basic headlines and sample reports are available for free.

FDI.Net Country Profiles More than 100 country profiles compiled by the World Bank

Global The site provides comparative information on the potential and performance of 25 emerging economies as locations for global sourcing and production.

KU IBRC - International Business Resources - Business Resources A compilation by the University of Kansas International Business Resource Center of resources related to international trade and marketing including cultural, legal and trade information.

Major Market Profiles Data for a wide range of consumer, industrial and service sectors. Provides instant online access to concise current statistics and informed market analysis. The reports available from this website follow a standardized format allowing for easy cross-country comparison.

Market Potential Indicators for Emerging Markets Ranking the market potential of 24 countries identified as "Emerging Markets" by The Economist.

McKinsey Global Institute Profiles of markets for many countries and industries.

MSU Global Access An annotated collection of over 4,000 sites about the regions and peoples of the world. It's searchable by country, thematic area (environment, development, travel, etc.) constituency group (teachers, business people, etc.), resource type (maps, news sources, study abroad programs), language, and keyword.

Pew Global Attitudes Project Reports on world public opinion, based on 90,000 interviews in 50 countries.

Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) is a global nonprofit membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing business knowledge. Our mission is to enhance the success of our members through leadership, education, advocacy, and networking.

Selling Your Products Abroad An article from on issues involved in selling your products overseas.

Site-By-Site A financial portal site for international investment and research.

SkyMinder Information about more than 46 million public and private companies worldwide.

Snapshots International Collection of over 1700 top level market research overviews across a broad range of countries and industry sectors.

STAT-USA Market Research Reports Overviews of the major economies, including detailed reports on specific industries, trade leads, contacts, laws & regulations, and useful tips for trade with these countries.

Trends in Japan Short, engaging dispatches on the latest trends in Japanese business and economy; science and education; society; sports; and fashion, arts, and entertainment. Monthly features give you a more in-depth look at what's happening in Japan.

U.S. Library of Congress Global Gateway: World Culture & Resources Links to hundreds of resources from the Library of Congress about countries and cultures. Includes: detailed country studies prepared by experts; research guides & databases; multimedia exhibitions from the Library's collection; videos you can view on your desktop; historical materials.

Virtual Reference: Encyclopedias Links to extensive reference information on the Web.

Wall Street Executive Library Links to more than 1500 business sites that the site's editors have determined to be among the best resources on the Web.

World Bank Country Profiles Market analysis and descriptions of more than 100 developing economies.

World Factbook Covers 264 nations, dependent areas and other entities. Gives statistical details ranging from total area to infant mortality rate. Brief statements of other facts, such as an overview of the economy and telecommunications highlights, are interspersed with data. Market research and general information about 228 countries and territories.

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources More than 2400 annotated links in a wide range of international affairs, international studies, and international relations topics.

Adhesive and Sealant Council Inc. A nonprofit trade association incorporated in 1958 for the purpose of providing opportunities for dialogue, education, advancement, and improvement of all aspects of the adhesive and sealant industry. It offers semiannual conventions, technical short courses, government relations, statistics, and publications, and it promotes industry awareness in a variety of forums.

Advanced Medical Technology Association (formerly the Health Industry Manufacturers Association) Represents more than 800 innovators and manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostic products, and medical information systems. AdvaMed’s members produce nearly 90% of the $68 billion worth of healthcare technology products consumed annually in the United States, and nearly 50% of the $159 billion worth purchased around the world annually.

American Association for Homecare The only all-inclusive national association representing the full spectrum of the home-care industry, including IV therapy, home medical equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and home-health providers. AAHomecare was formed by the merger of the Health Industry Distributors Association’s Homecare Division, the Home Health Services & Staffing Association, and the National Association for Medical Equipment Services.

Association of Medical Diagnostics Manufacturers A nonprofit trade association that serves as a resource for education and information on compliance issues for member companies, and as an interface between member companies and FDA. Today, membership includes suppliers and consultants to the in vitro diagnostics industry and companies of all sizes that manufacture and distribute in vitro diagnostic products, including cell cultures and cell culture media, immunology and immune status test products, antigen and microbial detection products, and toxicological products.

Diagnostic Marketing Association A nonprofit professional organization of nearly 700 marketing and management professionals involved in marketing diagnostics and other medical products or services. The association offers seminars and an annual conference, and it presents marketing excellence awards.

Electronic Industries Alliance A national trade organization representing U.S. electronic manufacturers. Committed to the competitiveness of the American producer, EIA represents the entire spectrum of companies involved in the manufacture of electronic components, parts systems, and equipment for communications, industrial, government, and consumer uses.

Health Industry Group Purchasing Association A nationally chartered trade association of healthcare purchasing and supply chain organizations, including for-profit and non-for-profit corporations, purchasing groups, associations, multihospital systems, and healthcare provider alliances.

Medical Device Link Medical Device Link, the online information source for the medical device industry, provides news, information, employment and recruiting services, as well as collaborative opportunities for people who design, manufacture, and market medical devices.

Medical Device Manufacturers Association A national trade association based in Washington, DC providing educational and advocacy assistance to innovative and entrepreneurial medical technology companies. Since 1992, MDMA has been the voice for smaller companies, playing a proactive role in helping to shape policies that impact the medical device innovator.

Society of the Plastics Industry Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI's member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs 1.1 million workers and provides nearly $379 billion in annual shipments.

Adria A consortium of six European organizations forms this network for enhancing the competitiveness of the European advanced displays community. Funded by the European Commission, Adria aims to create a "one stop shop" for advanced information display technologies and applications for Europe.

American Association for the Advancement of Science The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

American Society for Engineering Management ASEM is a major professional organization dedicated to the science and art of engineering management. ASEM transcends many engineering disciplines, supporting specialties, professional affiliations, and sectors of the engineering and technical community in industry, government, private practice, and education in strategic and important roles that advance engineering management.

Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) The CAMM was established in 2005 when the United States Display Consortium selected Binghamton University, a global leader in electronics packaging and small scale systems integration, to spearhead development of next generation roll-to-roll (R2R) electronics manufacturing capabilities. A unique collaborative effort, the CAMM brings together partners from government, industry and academia to tackle the myriad challenges of this emergent technology.

Center for Advanced Flexible Display Convergence CAFDC conducts interdisciplinary convergence of basic research related to next generation flexible display devices, materials and driving methods.

IDTechEx Research, analysis and events of Printed Electronics, RFID, Energy Harvesting and their Applications.

IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries Since 1957, IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has been guiding the electronic interconnection industry through its dramatic changes. A global trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,700 member companies, IPC represents all facets of the industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.7 trillion global electronics industry.

Industry Acronym List Wondering what all those TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) are? Here's a helpful list of acronyms used in electronic packaging.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe.

International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is an industry-led consortium whose mission is to assure leadership of the global electronics manufacturing supply chain. With a membership that includes approximately 70 electronics manufacturers, suppliers, associations, government agencies and universities, iNEMI provides an environment in which partners and competitors alike can collectively anticipate future technology and business needs and effectively develop collaborative courses of action to meet those needs.

International Microelectronics And Packaging Society The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society is the largest society dedicated to the advancement and growth of microelectronics and electronics packaging. IMAPS produces numerous publications, workshops, international conferences, professional development courses, and exhibitions bringing together the entire microelectronics supply chain.

Organic Electronics Association The VDMA represents 3,000 mainly small/medium size member companies in the engineering industry, making it one of the largest and most important industrial associations in Europe. Mechanical engineering is a key technology and a powerful engine driving the economy. Accounting for sales of roughly € 160 billion and 920,000 employees, mechanical engineering is one of the largest industrial sectors and employers in Germany. The products and services of the engineering industry are highly regarded worldwide. Roughly two thirds of German production is exported. The VDMA covers the entire process chain - everything from components and plant manufacturers, system suppliers and system integrators through to service providers. We reflect the varied customer-supplier relations all along the value adding chain, permitting both industry-specific and intra-industry cooperation.

Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation The world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with more than $161 billion in revenue and 1.2 million employees

Alternative Energy News A comprehensive set of online resources designed to raise public awareness and encourage debate about renewable energy technologies. We are dedicated to providing an open and comprehensive collection of discussions, information, media and news promoting the research and development of renewables.

American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is the grassroots voice of the U.S. ethanol industry, the nation's largest association dedicated to the production and use of ethanol. ACE is a non-profit, membership-based organization of more than 1,500 members nationwide, including: ethanol producers, farmers, investors, the agriculture community, industry suppliers, rural electric cooperatives, and others supportive of the increased production and use of ethanol across America.

America Hydrogen Association The mission of AHA is to facilitate achievements of prosperity without pollution and to close the information gap between researchers, industry and the public, drawing on world-wide developments concerning hydrogen, solar, wind, hydro, ocean and biomass resource materials, energy conversion, wealth-addition economics, and the environment.

American Wind Energy Association A national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry - one of the world's fastest growing energy industries. In addition, AWEA represents hundreds of wind energy advocates from around the world.

Hydrogen Energy Center The Hydrogen Energy Center's role is to facilitate the adoption of hydrogen energy technologies and enhance the relationship between hydrogen and renewable energy sources. We do this by designing and installing hydrogen energy systems; educating others about hydrogen and its energy uses; assisting and encouraging individuals, start-up companies and existing businesses who participate in the renewable hydrogen economy; and connecting businesses and individuals to others who share this vision of hydrogen's role.

International Hydropower Association The International Hydropower Association (IHA) addresses the role of hydropower in meeting the world’s growing water and energy needs as a clean, renewable and sustainable technology. With members in more than 80 countries, IHA is a non-governmental, mutual association of organizations and individuals. Its membership is open to all those involved in hydropower.

National Biodiesel Board The NBB is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and development in the US. It was founded in 1992 by state soybean commodity groups, who were funding biodiesel research and development programs. Since that time, the NBB has developed into a comprehensive industry association, which coordinates and interacts with a broad range of cooperators including industry, government, and academia. NBB's membership is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D). NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. The laboratory's scientists and researchers support critical market objectives to accelerate research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative energy solutions. At the core of this strategic direction are NREL's research and technology development competencies. These areas span from understanding renewable resources for energy, to the conversion of these resources to renewable electricity and fuels, and ultimately to the use of renewable electricity and fuels in homes, commercial buildings, and vehicles.

Renewable Energy World was started in 1998 by a group of Renewable Energy professionals who wanted their work to relate to their passion for renewable energy. With this passion and the desire to create a long term sustainable business, we have created perhaps the single most recognized and trusted source for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.

Solar Energy Industries Association Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

Solar Industry International Solar Energy International was founded in 1991 as a non-profit educational organization. Through the years, we've seen trends and technologies come and go, but our mission remains the same today as it was when we began: to empower people around the world through the education of sustainable practices.

US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships. It supports this goal through (1) enhancing energy efficiency and productivity; and (2) bringing clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace.

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