Rather than try to give you the universe, we are recommending just a few key sites that taken together, pretty much cover the whole universe of credit, collections and receivables management. However, if you think we missed something, we would love to hear from you.
There are several websites that cater specifically to the trade credit community (defined as those businesses extending credit to other businesses). The Creditworthy website is the oldest of these and offers a little of everything. Another contender in this category is CreditRiskMonitor, but you will have to register to get on that site.
If your interests are broader, try these: Credit and Collections World is a site that has been created by Collections and Credit Risk Magazine, which has a strong collection agency focus though it tries to cover all aspects of credit and collections - consumer, trade and commercial (banking); likewise, CollectionIndustry.com was born out of the professional debt collection industry, but remains a valuable source of information for the entire credit and collection community.
The Credit Research Foundation (CRF) is a good source for metrics, best practices and educational programs for the trade credit community. Especially useful is CRF’s Credit Assistant, which is a searchable online credit and collections manual. A similar product is the Encyclopedia of Credit, which requires that you register with Anscers in order to log on.
The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) is the primary trade association serving the trade credit community. Besides organizational information, their site includes the NACM Bookstore, Business Credit magazine’s Articles Archive, and an extensive listing of useful sites.