Research Resources for All Small Businesses

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American Fact Finder
A collection of data files created from U.S. Census County Business Patterns, an annual series that provides sub national economic data by industry.

North America Industry Classification System
Standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

Free Economic, Demographic & Financial Data,Finding and downloading economic data.

Free demographic market analysis reports.

EASI Demographics
Free reports based on the 2000 Census.

NC Rural Databank
Statistical information on North Carolina’s rural counties.


US Small Business Administration Website 
SBA Office of Advocacy provides research reports and statistical information on small businesses conditions in the United States.

Provides a full range of official statistical information produced by more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.

Code of Federal Regulations 
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Internal Revenue Service 
Tax information for small businesses.

Laws & regulations by industry 
Provides a single access point to government services and information to help the nation’s businesses with their operations.


There are several toolbar functions helpful in analyzing your online competition. Alexa provides a traffic ranking, users’ site reviews, and a list of related links.

Barometer Survey
Is a quarterly survey of 600 top executives in fast-growing companies. They interpret the results – looking for trends and other hot topics among these companies.

Basic company and industry information is available free of charge.

Corporate Information 
Search for research reports and other information worldwide by individual company, industry, country, or state.

You can find SEC filings for individual companies, summary information, and links to analysis.


NAICS Classification System 
New classification system for industries. Replaces SIC codes.

Valuation Resources 
A directory of resources which address subjects such as industry overview, issues, trends, and outlook, industry financial information and financial ratios, and compensation and salary surveys for a wide variety of industries.

Mc Kinsey 
Site and newsletter include reports on several functions and numerous industries. You can access full reports with a free registration.

Free industry reports from Dun & Bradstreet.

Alacra Industry Spotlights 
Detailed proprietary reviews and commentary on the best web-based sources of industry specific content previously available only to Alacra subscription customers.


Country Market Research 
The TCC provides access to commercial and economic information to help U.S. exporters understand and evaluate opportunities.

World Fact Book 
Detailed information about countries of the world including political and economic aspects.

Buy USA 
Helps U.S. companies find new international business partners in worldwide markets.

Market Research for Exporter 
Resources for business owners seeking to sell their products abroad.

US patent & Trademark Office 
Search for patents and trademarks.

Overseas Private Investment Corp. 
OPIC helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing risks associated with foreign direct investment, and supports U.S. foreign policy.

US Trade & Development Agency
Advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle income countries.

The Beginnings of the Girl’s Club

It’s just fantastic to read about women blazing the path in the entrepreneurial journey.  Check out Women 2.o Be sure to apply for to pitch you business, deadline is October 1st 2010

There are loads of resources tailored for women looking to start a business. As per my previous blog entry on women the challenges are enormous. Even with more than 40%  business are women owned. Here is a recent whitepaper on women entrepreneurs in technology.

Here is an interview of Cindy Padnos.

Here is an interview of Jalak J an women in Venture Capital

How other women got started

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