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● International
● Directories
● Minority/Small Business
● Periodicals for Purchasing/Supply Chain Management
● Purchase on-line
● Reference Materials


ISM – Institute for Supply Management
This is the Website home page for The Institute for Supply Management, our national organization that we are affiliated with. Click here for tons of great stuff for members including articles, jobs, speakers, consultants, seminars etc.

National Contract Management Association
Information about membership, job referral, certification and related links.

ASQ Buffalo
The Western New York Chapter of The American Society for Quality and partner in the Buffalo Niagara Professional Alliance.

InfoTech Niagara
A diverse coalition of companies and individuals involved in information and computing technologies in the Western New York Area and partner in the Buffalo Niagara Professional Alliance.

Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association
Chapter 232 - A Superior Merit Award Chapter
The pre-eminent organization for ALL Human Resource professionals in Western New York. The chapter serves the interests of and advances the profession for over 670 HR Members regionally.

SCMA Canada
Professional Supply Chain Managment Association North of the border and long time partner of ISM-Buffalo.


State Department
Home page for the U.S. Department of State. This is a very useful site to gather information of foreign countries you may wish to do business with. Check out the Travel and Business tab. This links you to some very informative topics including the State Departments Background Notes page; a site that has publications that includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty around the world.

U. S. Census Bureau
Mission: To be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.

International Chamber of Commerce
Contains the ICC's international arbitration rules and information on its publications, services and products that include a model contract for the international sale of goods.

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
You can find the text of the C.I.S.G. (Conventions on International Sales of Goods) here.

Euro Pages
A search engine for European companies.

Thomas Register of European Manufacturers
European industrial buying guide that provides immediate access to 140,000 industrial suppliers throughout 17 European countries. Membership required

The Universal Currency Converter
Easy to use currency converter.

Asian Sources Online
50,000 suppliers searchable by country, product or supplier. Includes a great deal of other information related to Asian Sourcing.

The World Clock
Looking for more time? This site will tell you where it is still yesterday or if you are really in a hurry, where it is already tomorrow. The page is automatically reloaded every 5 minutes and tells you the time anywhere in the world.


GTE Super Pages
Contains a number of great features for locating businesses across the U.S. Database has 5,000 yellow page directories to locate any business websites. Can create full-color drawing maps and directions (up to 200 miles) from any address or zip code. Has access to a Lycos city guide for local information on the 450 largest cities in the U.S. Has begun a classified ads page that currently lists vehicles, computers, real estate and more for sale.

A centralized search engine to hi-tech manufacturers of electronics and electrical, mechanical products and services. Search by manufacturer, product or service. Can send an RFP to one or multiple suppliers. The site is free.

Metal Suppliers Online
Excellent site for finding metals suppliers. To access their database of over 2,500 suppliers, you need to purchase a subscription to MSO Plus for $300. A non-registered user has access to 75 suppliers. Metal Suppliers Online also gives you access to materials property data, covering more than 5,000 industrial metals.

The Chemical Industry
Links for buyers in the chemical industry. Alphabetical listing of about 100 chemical companies with sites on the Web, links to chemical-related periodicals (Cyberchem News, Chemistry Week) and other links of interest pertaining to the chemical-industry.

Links to many steel-making companies and steel-related web sites. The categories include heat-treating, steel/scrap recycling and stainless and specialty steels.

The virtual trade show for the chemical industry. Buyers can search 2,000 chemical companies and do business with them online. The site also provides access to forums for those interested in chemical-related discussions.

Companies are categorized and listed by the goods or services they provide.

Purchasing Guide
is a free service to buyers, which lists over 130,000 suppliers nationwide with profiles. Buyers can search by item description, SIC codes or Federal supply codes.

The Thomas Net
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers. Can do free searches after registering. Free industrial marketplace containing 550,000 distributors, manufacturers and service companies in 6,000 categories searchable by product/service, location, brand and company name. Includes supplier catalogs, brochures and linecards. Send RFQ’s and purchase directly from suppliers using Order Online.

Creator and operator of vertical trade communities.

MacRae's Blue Book
Industrial Directory of

Minority/Small Business

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
A part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the MBDA has two databases, the Phoenix database and the Opportunities database, that work together to match minority companies with corporate or institutional business opportunities. Interested businesses that have an opportunity for a minority company can inquire for a list of minority companies that are eligible to partner with them.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
A site whose sole purpose is to provide a link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. Site has a database that lists over 15,000 certified minority-owned businesses. Their screening process ensures you are dealing with a qualified minority enterprise. You must be a member of NMSDC to access this database.

Minority Business Yellow Pages
Just like the phone yellow pages, you find these minority businesses alphabetically by category. Choose a category and you receive a listing that is alphabetical by state with the company's address, phone and fax numbers and a contact name.

Minority Business Directories
An online directory that links you to minority businesses that have their own website.

Periodicals for Purchasing/Supply Management

Inside Supply Management 
Online Site for the Monthly Magazine Published by the Institute for Supply Management for SCM Professionals.

Manufacturing Marketplace
This site leads you to the Purchasing Magazine site as well as many other trade magazine sites you may want to explore. You can also search for over 30,000 manufacturers and service companies, tradeshows, and professional organizations. The site has discussion forums with 2 specific to purchasing.

SCM Digest
The SCM Digest is a weekly summary of E-Commerce news affecting today's Supply Chain Manager. The SCM Digest is provided as a service of Email @ dot com, LLC. Rick Ankrum, C.P.M., A.P.P. is the editor.

Strategic Procurement Solutions
Strategic Procurement Solutions' "Best Practices" educational journal. This bi-monthly publication is distributed to nearly 6,000 clients & colleagues of Strategic Procurement Solutions, a provider of advanced supply management Consulting, Training, Outsourcing, and Staffing Services

The McKinsey Quarterly
Quarterly articles, written by McKinsey consultants, offer practical ideas based on the firm's experience with the world's largest companies and on an ever-growing storehouse of business information from proprietary research as well as close ties to academic institutions and to public and private think tanks.

Purchase on-line

Corporate Express
A full-service distributor of office products serving mainly medium and large size businesses, institutions and government agencies. SyntraNet is their online catalog that can be browsed by item, category or manufacturer. Must have an account to order online. With an account you can create order templates for frequently ordered items and view listings of recently ordered items.

This is the very user-friendly site of the well-known business-to-business distributor.

Office Depot
The online arm of the nationwide office supply chain, this site allows you to purchase your supplies via the Internet. Payment is either COD or by credit card and they offer next-day delivery at no charge.

ProcureIT from Verian Technologies
A web-based, enterprise-wide electronic procurement and MRO solution that automates the entire purchasing and materials management process. The application is deployed directly to individual user desktops and gives you complete control over all of your purchasing activity.

Reference Materials

Manufacturing Industry Research Desk
A compilation of tools and resources available on the Web to assist you in research. Tools include a 13-step process of research basics that gives you tips about the best way to do research online. Includes links to relevant websites in the search process and also references printed sources when not available on the Web. Examples of sites listed: Census Bureau, Federal Data SIC Codes, SEC Filings, Thomas Register and many more sites for seeking information on a particular company.

ISO Online
This site is a resource for standards such as ISO 9000, ANSI and DIN. Electrical and electronic standards are not covered.

This site contains COMEX and NYMEX data for gold, silver, platinum, livestock, meat, petroleum and lumber. You can also access CNN data on currencies, interest rates, technology stocks and other U.S. stock market data.

The World Bank
All information compiled by the World Bank

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
The North American Industry Classification System will provide common industry definitions for Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The new system will replace what has commonly been known as industry SIC codes. This site provides a variety of information about the upcoming changes and the surrounding business issues.

Recycler's World
A site that is basically an online list of want ads advertising scrap metals that are either available or wanted. You can post an ad in 4 categories of metal: Iron and Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals, Precious Metals and Exotic Metals. Listings are free and left on the site for 30 days. You can also buy, trade and sell other recycled materials at the site such as wood, batteries and computers.

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
You can review this site for the complete Federal Acquisition Regulations. More stuff than you ever wanted but some good procedures and definitions are contained in FAR that could save you time if you are developing a manual. If your firm is selling to the government this information can be helpful in understanding their requirements.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tons of data on labor rates for various industries.

Securities and Exchange Commission
Great place for financial data of public companies.

Standard Industrial Classification Search
Great place for getting SIC codes. Found by our past President Ray Robinson. Searchable by putting in the item description.

Producer Price Indexes
Price indexes covering many years for over 10,000 items sorted by SIC code or major commodity groupings. A great source of data to compare with your own material price index or to use in price/cost analysis.

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