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Business & Products
Benefits.gov:
A partnership of Federal agencies providing personalized access to government assistance programs.
C Net Tech Guide:
Source for technology product reviews, news, daily videos, and free downloads, as well as podcasts.
Consumer Products Safety Commission Subscription List:
Sign up for automatic notification of product recalls issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Government Publications - Consumer Information:
A clearinghouse of information from the federal government including publications such as the popular Consumer Information Catalog.
Michigan Drug Prices:
A resource which allows consumers to search more than 150 commonly prescribed prescription drugs in Michigan for the lowest possible price. Users can search this web site by zip code, city, or pharmacy for the lowest cost of drugs as far as 100 miles away.
PlanetFeedback.com:
A commercial site where consumers can voice their complaint, compliment, question or suggestion to a company.
State of Michigan Business License Verification:
Within the state of Michigan, verify a license on an individual or business.

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Charity
Charitable Donations Values:
Listing of suggested values for donated items; for use when compiling charitable deductions on income tax forms.
Charity Navigator - Guide to Intelligent Giving:
Charity Navigator is a non-profit organization providing information on five thousand charities by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. The ratings it gives shows givers how efficiently they believe a charity will use their suport today, and to what extent the charities are growing their programs and services over time.
Guide Star:
Provides comprehensive data on more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations, connecting them with donors, foundations, businesses, and governing agencies in a nationwide community of giving.
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Finance
Bank Rate Comparisons:
Provides free rate information to consumers on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees.
Foreclosure Information - Macomb County:
This site offers information on the foreclosure process and steps to avoid it.
Free Annual Credit Report:
THE site for free credit report once a year from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies either online, via telephone or by mail.
FTC Consumer Protection:
The Federal Trade Commission provides tips on credit issues, avoiding scams, telemarketing and unsolicited mail.
Mortgage Information:
This award-winning commercial site provides a wealth of information on mortgages including calculators, a mortgage glossary, interest rate trends, a real estate directory and more.
Unclaimed Funds:
State of Michigan web link to unclaimed money. "The Unclaimed Property Division's function is to assume custody of unclaimed property, not including real estate, and to return that property to its rightful owners or their heirs."
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Privacy
Child Protection Registry:
The Protect MI Child Registry is a secure database of protected electronic e-mail addresses, fax numbers, instant messages, and mobile text message addresses. It allows Michigan citizens and schools to protect children from inappropriate solicitation by registering these various contact points.
Consumer Privacy:
Tools and information consumers need to take charge of their privacy on the Internet
Direct Marketing Association - Mailing Lists:
Registering for the Mail Preference Service will decrease the amount of unsolicited "junk" mail sent to your home.
Do Not Call Registry:
Register your home and cell phone numbers in the national registry. Most telemarketers cannot call if your number is in the Registry. The block is in effect for five years.
Opt Out Prescreen:
Opt Out Prescreen lets you 'opt out' of the pre-approved, unsolicited credit card applications that come in the mail. This service works in conjunction with the four major credit bureaus.
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