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Foreign Exchange Rates
Interest Rates
Monetary Conversion
International Companies

Private Companies
Public Companies
Economic Indicators
General Industry Statistics
Statistics by Industry
International Trade

Trade Leads & Suppliers
Labor & Employment
Real Estate
Small Business


California Department of Business Oversight   
The DBO regulates a variety of financial services, professionals and products as well as providing consuming protection.

Census of Finance and Insurance (2012)        
Provides comprehensive data on the banking, insurance and investment industries. 

Census of Real Estate and Rental and Leasing (2012)          
Provides comprehensive data on the real estate, rental and leasing industries.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)    
Banking news, laws and regulation as well as consumer information.

How to start a business a step-by step guide.   

International Monetary Fund                
IMF issues publications, statistics and reports.

U.S. Department of the Treasury       
Offers links to many banking and money related agencies. 

World Bank       
Publications, proceedings, programs and statistics released by the World Bank.

Foreign Exchange Rates

Foreign Exchange Rates, Monthly, FRB G.5 (405)
Monthly exchange rates issued by Federal Reserve Board. 

Foreign Exchange Rates, Weekly, FRB H.10 (512)     
Weekly exchange rates issued by Federal Reserve Board.

Interest Rates                 
Interest and mortgage rates, news and other consumer information. 

A survey of credit cards and their interest rates. 

Selected Interest Rates FRB H15     
Federal Reserve Board releases weekly.  Shows daily rates for interest/yields on commercial paper, banker’s acceptances, CD’s, prime rate, US government securities and corporate bonds.

Monetary Conversion

CPI Inflation Calculator (U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Calculates any year from 1913 to the present. 

How Much is That? Economic History Association   
Provides relative value, comparing purchasing power for U.S. $ back to 1665, exchange rates and other variables between the past and present. 

Inflation Calculator       
Adjusts for inflation according to Consumer Price Index from 1800 to present.

Money Geek Cost of Living Calculator   
Using information from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, allows for comparison of up to 4 cities. Salary Calculator     
Compares salaries for positions in different parts of the U. S.

International Companies

Covers 2.6 million companies, mostly in Europe. 

Global Supplier Directory by Thomas Global Register
Find industrial product and company information from around the world.

Kompass Business Directory                                       
More than 5 million companies in 60 countries.

Private Companies

Internet 800 Search                       
Find toll free numbers for businesses. 

MacRae’s Blue Book     
Industrial and manufacturing products and services directory. 

Includes businesses with map information.

Formerly Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, includes U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and suppliers.

Public Companies

Annual Reports Library     
Links to annual reports of publicly held companies.

Economic Indicators

Bankruptcy Statistics             
Statistics of business and personal bankruptcy filings. 

Bureau of Economic Analysis     
Includes many important national, international, and regional economic indicators. 

Census Bureau’s Economic Indicators   
Current statistics for household income, poverty, and other factors. 

Consumer Price Index                           
Official Bureau of Labor Statistics site.

General Industry Statistics

Census Bureau: Economy – Wide Page   
National statistics on minority-owned businesses. 

Statistics by Industry


California Department of Food and Agriculture           
State-specific information. 

Census of Agriculture        
Agricultural statistics by geographical location. 

United States Department of Agriculture       
News, information and opportunities.


California Building Standards Commission   
Administers the processes related to the development, adoption, implementation of CA’s building codes.

California Contractors State License Board         
Protects consumers by regulating the construction industry. 

Census Bureau: Construction Industry     
Many reports published by the Census Bureau.

Mining and Mineral Industries

 California Department of Conservation’s Geological Survey     
Statistics of minerals in CA. 

California’s Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources   
CA Dept. of Conservation site. 

Census of Mineral Industries             
U. S. Census detailed information on mineral industries.

Service Industries

Census Bureau’s Services Page           
Includes links to all of the Censuses that involve service industries. 

Tourism Industries 

Visit California     
Data on research and trends regarding travel to CA.

Transportation Industries

U.S. Department of Transportation – Aviation   
Statistics on the airline industry. 

U.S. DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics 
Travel and transportation related statistics.

International Trade

Country Specific: Regulations and Practices

Country Library (TradePort)     
Get all the information necessary to trade with a specific country. 

globalEDGE: Your Source for Global Business Knowledge             
Tools for international business searchable by country, region, trade bloc and industry. 

Guides to Doing Business     
Compiled by an association of independent law firms, there are more than 100 guides for doing business with specific countries, states or provinces. 

Hong Kong Trade Development Council            
Access to product suppliers and service providers as well as advice for doing business in Hong Kong and China.

Supporting Services

Extensive coverage of the financial markets in the U. S. and world including daily top business news. 

California Business Portal International Trade & Investment
Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development website with links to trade offices in Mexico and China, other foreign direct investment.                               
A guide to all export-related assistance and market information offered by the Federal Government.

International Trade Information       
Global markets, industry analysis and enforcement of compliance agreements.

Investor Words      
Dictionary of more than 4,000 investing terms.

Journal of Commerce           
Daily journal on trade logistics.

MSN Money    
Personal finance site with sections on investing, banking, financial planning, taxes and much more.

SCORE (Small Business Administration)           
Retired professional business managers provide free management and business counseling and workshops.

U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security           
U.S. Bureau of Export Administration site lists export regulations and related information on exporting from the U. S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection       
General information about custom regulations.

Trade Leads and Suppliers

Commerce Business Daily & FedBiz Opps     
Official source for government contracts and bids – get one week free if you register as a guest. 

Owens Online     
Provides trade leads and international credit reports.


Bonds, Commodities, and Mutual Funds

American Association of Individual Investors
Monthly publication of the AAII.

Investing in Bonds           
Basic information on bonds and how to understand bond prices in the newspaper.

Rating and financial analysis of mutual funds and stocks.

World Bank Commodity Market (Pinksheet)
Pink sheets are published on the 3rd business day of the month.  Commodity Markets Outlook is published in the 3rd week of January, April, July and October.

Investment Information & Stock Analysis

American Association of Individual Investors
Provides much help for the investor. 

Big Charts  
Provides stock quotes, charts and links to stocks, mutual funds and futures traded in all major exchanges.

How to Invest in Stocks
Interactive Guide to Investment.

Initial Public Offerings             
NASDAQ website offering listings and data for IPOs.        
U. S. Securities and Exchange site with links to calculators and other tools to help research investments, advisers and fraud protection information.

Motley Fool                                     
Stock quotes & company news on publicly traded companies.

MSN Money              
Much information about publicly held companies.

Stock and Commodity Exchanges

Chicago Board of Trade                   
Information on futures as well as options trading.

NASDAQ Home Page           
Homepage for the whole network.

New York Stock Exchange Website        
For investors, students and teachers.

Labor and Employment

Employment and Market Statistics

California Labor Market Information            
Labor market statistics by industry or occupation, and by county.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Releases         
Current news releases in a number of areas of interest to labor. 

Labor Laws and Unions

Americans with Disabilities Act 
Links to information, hotline, sources of information. 

California Codes - California Legislative Information 
The California Legislative Information site offers links to the California Codes.

Coverage and links to documents and information relating to labor and employment laws.

National Labor Relations Board Cases & Decisions   
Full text of NLRB decisions.

Salaries and Wages 

JobStar Salary Survey     
Links and descriptions to 150 salary surveys.

Salary Calculator’s calculator allows you to compare the salaries and salary ranges for positions and in different locations in the United States.

United States Department of Labor, Wages and Hour Division (WHD) 
Provides information on the minimum wage, Family and Medical Leave Act, and employee rights.

Real Estate

Finding a Home
News and charts from the Los Angeles Times and others on the housing market, including resales by zip code and foreclosures.

Homebuyer's Fair     
Includes listings for homes available for sale.

International Real Estate Directory   
Real estate listings outside the U.S.

General Resources

Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) 
Provides information on industry data and expenditure analysis of commercial real estate.

California Association of Realtors              
This site provides consumer and industry information for California real estate industry.
Includes home listing, directory of realtors, and links to other useful resources in home buying.

Government Housing Agencies

U. S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 
Offers links to consumer information on housing assistance.


Quicken Mortgage
Offers links to everything you need to know about securing a mortgage.

Small Business

Business Plans

Offers hands-on guidance to writing business plans.

Business Plans Index (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
Index of free sample business plans organized by business category, providing direct links to plans available online or providing a title, volume and page number for plans offered in books.

How to Write a Business Plan /               
Includes a step by step tutorial on how to write a business plan.

Supporting Organizations

California Small Business Development Centers 
Tools and guidance needed to become successful.

Internal Revenue Service Checklist for Starting a Business
Basic steps including applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), selecting a business structure, paying employee and business taxes.

Small Business Administration                
The official home page of Small Business Administration offers assistance, regulatory information, and statistics relating to small businesses.