Companies are no longer limited to doing business in their own backyards. It's a whole new world out there, and our opportunities know no borders. Before you expand your operations, though, make sure you have the information you need to make smart business decisions. Here are some of my favorite resources for doing business globally:
Business Environment Snapshots
Covering 183 countries, this site offers one-stop shopping for background info, economic indicators, analysis, laws, and more. Make sure you download the PDFs for additional charts and time-series data.
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)
The GEM project collects annual data (since 1999) for more than 85 countries. It provides a detailed picture of entrepreneurial activity, aspirations, and attitudes of individuals.
This site includes international business and trade information on more than 200 countries and all U.S. states. Check out the online course modules about doing business abroad, compare emerging markets, and check out the tools for evaluating vendors and partners.