General and Government Resources
Business Development Bank of Canada provides products and services for Canadian exporters. Their web site at http://www.bdc.ca has many useful links.
Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) has a new website that provide exporters with instant, up-to-the-minute access to trade opportunities with U.S. government agencies. Visit the CCC USA opportunities site at http://www.usopportunities.com
Canadian Exporters Catalogue allows you to promote your products and services through print catalogues, CD-ROMS and web site to 128 countries. For more information, visit http://www.worldexport.com
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funds a wide range of projects and contracts in third world countries. Visit their site at http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca
Export Development Corporation helps Canadian companies to compete in world markets. EDC provides risk management services, including insurance, financing, and guarantees. Its services are of particular importance to smaller companies. Their site is at http://www.edc.ca.
ExportSource offers a comprehensive resource guide (information on market research, export financing, export regulations, trade statistics, export contacts, trade shows and missions) for Canadian businesses exploring export opportunities. See http://www.exportsource.gc.ca.
InfoExport is the international trade web site of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). See http://www.infoexport.gc.ca.
International Business Opportunities Centre (IBOC) helps Canadian Trade Commissioners and Commercial Officers abroad match foreign buyers with Canadian suppliers. Its web site is at http://www.iboc.gc.ca
MERX - Government Bidding Services This is the Canadian on-line information service for federal, provincial and municipal tenders and RFPs. It also lists international contracts for CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency). For more information, visit their web site at http://www.merx.com or call 1-800-964-6379.
Standards Council of Canada has a web site that provides over 300,000 pages of standards-related information for companies, whether they are exporting technology to Australia or gaining a foot hold for a new building product in Europe. See http://www.scc.ca
The Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. lists U.S. General Services Administration opportunities on its web site at http://www.canadianembassy.org
U.S. General Services Administration is responsible for purchasing for the American government agencies. Visit its site at http://www.gsa.gov
U.S. Government Electronic Posting System lists procurements and tenders for American government agencies. See http://www.eps.gov
U.S.-Canada Business Relations provides a wide array of valuable information on doing business in and with the United States. This site can be found at http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/geo/usa/business-e.asp
U.S. Customs Service has put its 144 page book called Importing into the United States on its web site. You can find it at http://www.customs.ustreas.gov
Israel Export and International Cooperation is your gateway to business in Israel. Success in commercial ventures with Israeli companies and in the Israel marketplace.
B2B On-line Directories
ECeurope.com claims to be the largest B2B eMarketplace on the Net. It is a good place to sell and buy products and services to European companies. The web site is located at http://www.eceurope.com
WorldVideoBusiness is a business to business e-marketplace source of international trade leads, and tender opportunities from companies and government organizations around the globe.
International Financial Institutions (IFIs)
Asian Development Bank is the only one that makes extenstive use of consultants and contractors in the planning for large projects. This provides many opportunities for smaller firms to get some international work. Opportunities are posted on the ADB web site, and individuals can express their interest by filling out an on-line form for projects they are interested in. See http://www.adb.org.
World Bank is the largest of the IFIs giving out billions in contracts every year. See them at http://www.worldbank.org
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. See http://www.ebrd.com
Inter-American Development Bank funds projects in Central and South America. See http://www.iadb.org
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Visit their site at http://www.oecd.org
United Nations Development Programme. Visit http://www.undp.org
World Health Organization. See http://www.who.ch
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian professionals have greater access to working in the United States. However, there are restrictions and conditions that must be met. For more information, check out these sites: