Trade Leads & Suppliers
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.
International Monetary Fund
IMF issues publications, statistics and reports.
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Offers links to many banking and money related agencies.
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 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.
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.
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.com Salary Calculator
Compares salaries for positions in different parts of the U. S.
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.
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.
Annual Reports Library
Links to annual reports of publicly held companies.
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.
Economic Census Industry Statistics Portal
Summary of businesses, sales, payroll and number of employees by NAICS or industry.
Statistics by Industry
California Department of Food and Agriculture
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.
Census Bureau’s Services Page
Includes links to all of the Censuses that involve service industries.
Data on research and trends regarding travel to CA.
U.S. Department of Transportation – Aviation
Statistics on the airline industry.
U.S. DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Travel and transportation related statistics.
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.
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.
Dictionary of more than 4,000 investing terms.
Journal of Commerce
Daily journal on trade logistics.
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.
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.
Provides stock quotes, charts and links to stocks, mutual funds and futures traded in all major exchanges.
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.
Stock quotes & company news on publicly traded companies.
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.com’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.
Finding a Home
News and charts from the Los Angeles Times and others on the housing market, including resales by zip code and foreclosures.
Includes listings for homes available for sale.
International Real Estate Directory
Real estate listings outside the U.S.
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.
Offers links to everything you need to know about securing a mortgage.
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 / SBA.gov
Includes a step by step tutorial on how to write a business plan.
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.