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Research Resources for the Small Business Owner

01/25/2013

There are many times in business where research and data is needed, but where do you start?  Below is a list of research resources compiled by our friends at the SBDC at Cleveland State University.

American FactFinder (US Census Bureau)

  • ·         Available to the public online
  • ·         US Census data for population, housing, economic, and geographic information

BCC Research

  • ·         Available to members of OhioNet
  • ·         Market research reports and in-depth industry analyses

Bizminer

  • ·         Available through subscription or Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Industry Statistical Reports

BLS (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • ·         Available to the public online
  • ·         US data including: inflation & prices, employment & unemployment, pay & benefits, spending time & use, workplace injuries, employment projections, and more

Books 24×7(SkillSoft)

  • ·         Available to members of OhioNet
  • ·         Access to books in the following databases: BusinessPro, EngineeringPro, ExecSummaries, and ITPro.

Bplans

  • ·         Available to the public online or through free subscription
  • ·         Free sample business plans and business plan software

Business and Company Resource Center(Gale Cengage)

  • ·         Available to members of OhioNet
  • ·         Access to competitive intelligence, career & investment opportunities, business rankings and companies histories

COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises)

  • ·         Available to the public online
  • ·         Misc information valuable to Northeast Ohio small businesses, including information on: Local affiliates, COSE sponsorship, advocacy, and management. Also publishes Small Business Monitor Survey to keep tabs on NE Ohio Small Business.

DemographicsNOW

  • ·         Available through subscription, Cleveland State University students, faculty and alumni, as well as some OhioLink and ClevNet institutions
  • ·         Interactive demographic maps and reports 

Ebrary

  • ·         Available through subscription, or to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Business and Economics eBook collection

EBSCOhost

  • ·         Available to Ohio U and Cleveland State U students, faculty & alumni, as well as OhioLink and ClevNet institutions
  • ·         Databases include: Research Business News, Business Source Complete, Wall Street Journal, Academic Search Complete, Hospitality and Tourism Complete, and Regional Business News

Factiva

  • ·         Available through subscription, to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni, and members of OhioNet
  • ·         Articles from trade publications, magazines and newspapers, as well as company reports

First Research

  • ·         Available through subscription, and members of OhioNet
  • ·         In-depth Industry Profiling

IBIS World

  • ·         Available through subscription, or Cleveland State University/Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Reports in industry market research, industry risk, company research, & demo data

IntelliConnect

  • ·         Available through subscription, or to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Federal and state tax laws, rules, regulations, and archives

IRS (US Internal Revenue Service)

  • ·         Available to the public online
  • ·         Provides information for small business regarding: Filing for an EIN, Employment taxes, filing for self-employed taxpayers, and provides a gateway to related websites, like the US Treasury and Whitehouse.gov.

Klout

  • ·         Available online to the public with free registration
  • ·         Tracks business influence by scoring companies based on their Facebook and Twitter presence

LexisNexis Academic

  • ·         Available through subscription, or Cleveland State University/Ohio University students, faculty and alumni, and members of OhioNet
  • ·         Full text news, business, and reference information 

Mergent Archives

  • ·         Available through subscription, Ohio University students, faculty and alumni and ClevNet library database
  • ·         Company and industry data and archives

Mergent Online

  • ·         Available through subscription, or to Cleveland State University/Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Company financials, filings, equity and industry reports, etc

Mintel Oxygen

  • ·         Available through subscription or Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Market research reports

MRI+(Mediamark Reporter)

  • ·         Available through subscription, or Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Demographics about product users

Northeast Ohio Products (Akron Beacon Journal)

  • ·         Available to the public online
  • ·         Brands, products, and companies that are headquartered or based in Northeast Ohio

 Ohio Business Gateway

  • ·         Available to the public online
  • ·         Misc. information about business in Ohio: starting, licenses, compliance, and electronic filing

Ohio Proud

  • ·         Available to the public online
  • ·         Identifies and promotes food and agricultural products/companies that are made and grown in Ohio.

Passport GMID

  • ·         Available through subscription, or to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         International consumer market reports

Plunkett Research Online

  • ·         Available through subscription, or Ohio University students, faculty and alumni, and members of OhioNet
  • ·         Market research, industry stats, trends and company analyses

ProQuest Entrepreneurship

  • ·         Available through subscription and members of OhioNet
  • ·         Database collection of market research, start-up plans, business cases, and more – the entrepreneur’s best friend and source

Quantcast

  • ·         Available to the public online or through a subscription
  • ·         Audience demographic reports for millions of web properties

ReferenceUSA

  • ·         Available through subscription, to Cleveland State University students, faculty and alumni, and the ClevNet library database
  • ·         Business and residential information for reference and research

SBA(US Small Business Administration)

  • ·         Available to the public online
  • ·         Misc. information about small business: Loans and Grants, contracting, taxes, equipment and employees

SBDC Net

  • ·         Available to official SBDC advisors, and some content to the public
  • ·         Small business research resources including help topics, market research, industry data and sub-industry small business snapshots

SimplyMap

  • ·         Available through subscription or to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni and members of OhioNet
  • ·         Demographic, business, marketing data from state and local levels + maps

Small Business Resource Center (Gale Cengage)

  • ·         Available through subscription or to Ohio University and Cleveland State University students, faculty and alumni and members of OhioNet
  • ·         Complete small business management resources via periodicals and reference content

Statista

  • ·         Available through subscription or to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Market statistics: data, research and studies

The Conference Board

  • ·         Available through subscription, or to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Economic data coupled with superior business management research

VAST: Academic Video Online

  • ·         Available through subscription or to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Subject-based video content: documentaries, interviews, news programs, ads, raw footage, etc.

WARC (World Advertising Research Center)

  • ·         Available through subscription or to Ohio University students, faculty and alumni
  • ·         Marketing communications case studies, research reports and summaries
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