More and more often, credit managers and their subordinates
are being given access to the Internet. While there are many websites
that are not business related and would be entirely inappropriate
to visit at work, there are a growing number of websites that are
useful for credit professionals selling products both domestically
and internationally, including these:
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] website at www.sec.gov.
This website allows visitors to review quarterly and annual financial
statements and other reports filed with the SEC going back up
to five years. Access to this site is free, but it contains information
only on publicly traded companies.
System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval [SEDAR]
website at www.sedar.com.
This site has been used since 1997 to file and reports information
on Canadian publicly traded companies. Access is free. This site
is similar in function and intent to the U.S. SEC website.
Country commercial guides from the U.S. government's Department
of Commerce. The reports are available at www.export.gov.
Commercial guides containing information on business and economic
conditions in various foreign countries, along with an analysis
of the political climate. Basic commercial guide information
The search engine AltaVista allows users to translate up
to 150 words from English into any one of eight foreign languages.
The site is at http://world.altavista.com.
This service is free.
If you are wondering what your job is worth, a free site www.salaryexpert.com permits
users to search for salary data on various positions within a
company in most States and in numerous foreign countries. With
this information, credit professionals will be in a better position
to negotiate their salary - or to recognize when they are being
The National Association of Credit Management's website at www.nacm.org contains
a wealth of information useful to credit professionals at all
levels of experience.
Another useful resource on the Internet for credit professionals
Access to portions of this website are free and this free information
is appropriate to credit professionals at all levels of experience