Doing business overseas just got tougher, at least for some. Think I'm kidding? See for yourself by visiting The World Bank Group's Doing Business site.

Click on the Ease of Doing Business Rank column.
You'll see that the USA is ranked No. 3 (Singapore No. 1 and New Zealand No 2), but these economies finished last:
1. Democratic Republic of Congo
2. Timor-Leste
3. Guinea-Bissau
4. Chad
5. Republic of Congo
6. Eritrea
7. Sao Tome and Principe
8. Sierra Leone
9. Central African Republic
10. Burundi

Makes you wonder how they survive, and how lucky we are in the USA.

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Laurel Delaney ( is the founder of and the creator of "Borderbuster," an e-newsletter, and The Global Small Business Blog. She can be reached at