Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Lower Level, Johnson Building, Central Library, 617 536-5400,

Doing Business Abroad

by blippmeier

The Doing Business Report Series from the International Finance Corporation is a good place to start.  Economic profiles for many countries are available.  The profiles include information about the business environment, starting a business, getting credit, and paying taxes. has the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports.  It includes Country Commercial Guides, industry overviews, and market updates.  You can also get market information via webinar .

On Wednesday, July 25 at 6, the Kirstein Business Library will sponsor an author talk in the Rabb Lecture Hall featuring Whit and Max Alexander, who started a business in Ghana.

At age 47, Whit Alexander, the American co-founder of the Cranium board game, decided to start a new business selling affordable goods and services to low-income villagers in Ghana, West Africa. His brother Max, a journalist, came along to tell the story. Neither of them could have anticipated just how much of an adventure they’d find there. Along the way, Whit and Max relive their own childhood, bickering across the African bush and learning a great deal about Africans as well as themselves. Irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately inspiring, Bright Lights, No City challenges accepted notions of charity, shows the power of broadening your horizons, and suggests that there is hope and opportunity in Africa.


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