Export Guides and Tutorials
  • A Basic Guide to Exporting

    Published by the U.S. Commercial Service, the Basic Guide to Exporting provides a comprehensive overview of how to establish and grow overseas markets for your prodcuts and services.

  • Export Business Planner

    Developed by the U.S Small Business Administration, the Export Business Planner is a free, customizable tool for small business owners who are exploring exporting. Using the planner, you can work through the critical processes of export readiness and planning via a ready-made, easily accessible document that can be updated and referenced time and again as your export business grows. If you have a successful product or service you may be able to increase sales and profit by exporting.

  • Export Michigan

    Developed jointly by Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC's) Export Office and the International Business Center (IBC) in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, Export Michigan is a resource to assist Michigan businesses successfully begin exporting and expand upon their success. Includes information on Michigan's top export target markets and industries, an event calendar, a service providers directory, and online export tools.

  • Export Tutorials

    A series of exporting related Frequently Asked Questions with succinct responses and links to additional resources. Covers questions on export readiness, government regulations, financial considerations, sales and marketing, logistics.

  • Exporting Online Modules and Podcasts

    Developed by Michigan State University International Business Center, these online modules provide an interactive way to digest the content of the U.S. Commercial Service's A Basic Guide to Exporting. In addition, audio only podcasts are available to download so that you can listen to the book on your commute or while exercising.

  • Glossary of International Business Terms

    A compilation of definitions and descriptions of terms and acronyms used for International Business. Includes terms used in economics, finance, investing, accounting, tax, and general business language conventions.

  • U.S. Commercial Service Webinars

    A series of webinars developed by the U.S. Commercial Service and industry trade experts about how your company can start or increase your international sales. With these webinars, you can get valuable information on countries and industries of interest to your business, assistance with export planning and strategy, or expand your knowledge of required documentation and regulations without leaving your office.

  • Vignettes in Global Business (Full Text PDF)

    Professor Ravi Parameswaran of Oakland University developed this comprehensive perspective of global business historical and contemporary flows.

Trade Finance
  • Trade Finance Guide

    The guide is designed to help U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, learn the basics of trade finance so that they can turn their export opportunities into actual sales and achieve the ultimate goal of getting paid—especially on time—for those sales. Concise, two-page chapters offer the basics of numerous financing techniques, from open accounts, to forfaiting, to government assisted foreign-buyer financing.

Travel Tools
  • Currency Conversions

    XE™ provides a simple to use currency converter for current exchange rates.

  • Electrical Current Adapters

    For the past 30 years, Voltage Valet™ has provided quality foreign electricity converters, dual voltage appliances, and travel accessories, to ensure unrestricted access to electrical outlets around the globe. The website also provides detailed information regarding types of wall outlets and electricity you will encounter in every country around the world.

  • Language Translator

    Google Translate is a free, multilingual statistical machine-translation service provided by Google Inc. to translate written text from one language into another.

  • Measurement Converter

    Convert-me.com provides a comprehensive conversion service for a variety of measurements. All your conversion needs can be satisfied at this website.

  • Passports

    This passport service is provided by the State Department and allows the user to apply for a new passport, find out where and how to apply, and check their passport application status. This website also gives various information regarding travel safety and country information.

  • Time Zone Information

    A basic service that gives the current time and date for different countries around the world. This website also gives information on different time zones around the world.

  • Travel Advisories

    The State Department offers information regarding global travel destinations for persons traveling abroad. This country specific service informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security, travel alerts, and travel warnings.