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  • Business Insights: Global Combines an international perspective and sophisticated research tools with convenient access to a range of comprehensive learning materials. Using case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals, and topical reference materials organized by country, company, and industry, this resource is especially useful to business faculty and students, as wells as to Michigan businesses interested in expansion. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.


  • Business Decision  Researchers and entrepreneurs are enabled to access comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better penetrate the consumer marketplace.


  • Demographics Now Researchers and entrepreneurs are provided with comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors and much more. This versatile database is useful for those who want to start a business as well as those who want to take their established business to the next level.


  • General Business File ASAP Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.


  • Reference USA Business Database  A large directory containing detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses. Can be searched and limited by many different criteria, such as, company name, geographic area, yellow pages heading, SIC, size of business, phone number, and more. Updated annually.


  • Small Business Resource Center  Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.



Free Websites:

For Small Business:

  • Encyclopedia of Small Business - Defines and describes issues faced by small businesses, such as accounting, competitive bidding, outsourcing, and more. 
  • SCORE - As part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education, SCORE counselors come to Brighton District Library on the second Tuesday evening of the month to work one-on-one with small business owners.  One-hour appointments can be made by calling the Information Desk at 810-229-6571 x227.


Business Plans:

  • Business Plans and Profiles Index - From the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, an online index to two of the main print reference sources for business plans:  the Business Plan Handbook and Small Business Profiles.  Includes pointers to individual books on starting various kinds of businesses and links to online business plans.

Small Business Funding:


Business Statistics and Economic Indicators

  • Economic Indicators - Regularly released national statistics such as gross domestic product, new residential construction, personal income and much more!
  • NAICS Business Patterns - Data on the total number of establishments, employment and payroll for 1998-2001 by zip code, county, state, or metropolitan area.
  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) - creates statistics such as community profiles, monthly population estimates, employment estimates, number of approved building permits, regional forecasts, nonresidential development, land use, manufactured housing, and traffic counts.


Business Startup

Company Information

  • Annual Reports  - find current annual reports of thousands of publicly-traded companies. Annual reports typically include: letter from the chairman (or CEO) to the shareholders; financial highlights; balance sheets; profit and loss statements; new business; year in review; projections; outstanding shares of stock and list of board members.
  • Thomas Register  - main purpose is to find manufacturing companies. Can also be used to find privately held manufacturing companies.

International Trade

  • World Chambers of Commerce - Find Chamber of Commerce in other countries. Many have information about starting a business in that country/city.

Investment Info

  • - get current and historical stock quotes with interacting charts. Good for finding the original value of a stock on a certain date.
  • Value Line (Standard Edition) - get stock reports and detailed information on particular stocks. Available at the reference desk and online (with a limited number of concurrent logins).

Personal Finance

  • Money 101 - an interactive course on CNN's site to lean how to manage money and investments.
  • Learn That Online Courses  - courses with exercise an worksheets on topics such as making ends meet, avoiding an audit, how to shop online.
  • Yahoo Finance  can look up current stocks and company news. Create a portfolio to track your own stocks.



  • Annual Credit Reports - Information about how to receive your annual free personal credit reports from the three major services. 
  • EDGAR - Company SEC filings. 
  • Historical Stock Quotes - Silicon Investor site was able to pull up historic prices for defunct/subsumed companies' stock.
  • Stock Quotes - On the Nasdaq website, but feature searches NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX & OTCBB stocks, funds, and options, current to the minute.

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