The North American Industry Classification System

Professional and Trade Associations

Professional and trade associations can be very helpful in learning more about an industry or type of business. While full access to an association's content is usually reserved for paid members, they will often provide information to the public through summary reports or press releases.

Start finding industry associations with a simple web search. Be more effective by including the country, industry name, and a keyword like "association." For example, try searching for "Italy and Apparel and Association."

Google Web Search

Library Databases

Web Resources

More Web Resources

Trademarks & Intellectual Property

A useful way to identify competitors in a given market is to look at active and pending applications for trademarks in the country of interest. Most countries provide free databases of applications and registered trademarks.

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