Virtual Reference Desk - Business
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Business Ethics -
Created and maintained by Sharon Stoerger, M.L.S., M.B.A.
Business Site Directory -
A large directory of business sites from the Open Web project.  The sites are selected by volunteer editors, but are guided by a standard that attempts to link only to useful, unique, and reliable sites.
Company Research on the Web -
A Virtual Chase guide to finding information about companies, including public filings, lawsuits, opinions, officers, and more.
Database for US Security and Exchange Commission filings required for publicly traded companies. List of Lists -
A database of ranked listings of companies, people and resources freely available on the Internet. It is arranged by subject headings based on the two-digit 1997 U.S. NAICS Codes.
North American Industry Classification System -
NAICS was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America.  The database is searchable by keyword or code number. You can also use it to find the NAICS code for the old SIC code.
Standard Industrial Classification System
Even though it's been replaced by the NAICS, the old SIC codes are still used in older data sets. Use this site to find those data sets or look up old SIC numbers.
World Chambers of Commerce
A searchable directory of chambers of commerce throughout the world.

Yahoo! Finance
A wealth of company and industry analysis, including market data, news, company profiles, SEC filings, and more.


EcEdWeb -
The Economic Education Web site of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Center for Economic Education, offering links and materials for all education levels.

Economics and Statistics Portal Page
For Mr. James M. Payne's economics and statistics classes here at Calhoun.

Resources for Economists on the Web
Sponsored by the American Economics Association, this site has over 1500 resources including links to financial data files at the state, national, and international level.  Lots of useful and unusual information here.

Business, Banking, & Finance  
American Antitrust Institute:  Resources
A thorough directory of resources, including cases and issues in the news, statutes, court decisions, primers, legislation, mergers, guidelines, and gateways to more information about antitrusts.  Use the links in the left navigation bar to uncover the many resources here.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
One of the best sources for regional, national, international, and industry statistics.  You can browse by area in the main section of the page, or use the index on the left hand side to locate specific data.  The economic publications are also full of data sets and full-text research reports.

Census Economic Briefing Room -
The U.S. Census site of economics related data.  Some are highlighted on the front page and others need to be found using the Economic Programs link at the top of the page or the Search link at the bottom of the page.

Consumer Confidence Index
The Conference Board's latest report on consumer confidence and links to other economic data from the Board.

Foreign Exchange Rates
Updates regularly and includes a currency conversion calculator.

Economic Policy Institute
Economic policy trends and statistics, including the EPI Datazone.

Federal Reserve Board -
Monetary policy, economic research and data, consumer information, and studies.

International Monetary Fund Publications -
Search or browse IMF Publications like the World Economic Outlook and the Global Financial Stability Report .

Country Analysis 
Budget of the United States Government -
Search or browse federal budget publications and the Economic Report of the President from 1997 to the present.

Economic Report of the President -
An overview of the nation's economic progress with extensive data sets and analysis.  This document is prepared annually by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

International Monetary Fund Country Info -
IMF reports, publications, and news bulletins on member countries and regions.

OECD Economic Surveys -
Economic assessment and recommendations essays for OECD member countries.  You can also use the search and browse options on the left side of the screen to find other reports and statistics.

The World Bank Group
Comprehensive economic information on developing countries organized by topics such as agriculture, energy, and climate change.

Archive for the History of Economic Thought -
"This archive is an attempt to collect in one place a large number of significant texts in the history of economic thought... including representative texts of all of the major thinkers and schools of thought; and most of the sub-fields of economics."

Economic History Services
Offers information about professional organizations, discussion lists, databases, course syllabi, and links to related economic history sites.


American Marketing Association -
The official site of the world's largest professional marketing association.
Direct Marketing Association
The official site of the oldest and largest trade association for users and suppliers in the direct, database and interactive marketing field.