A guide to sources which assist in an evaluation of one's customers, competition, industry, and the local, regional, and national economic business climate pursuant to constructing a business or marketing plan, or growing a business.
Central Indiana SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
9301 E. 59th St. Room 147
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Provides free counseling to help develop business plans and solve problems in existing businesses.
Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana/Central Indiana Women's Business Center
111 Monument Circle, Suite 2450
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Programs include business counseling and a 20-hour Business Beginnings class. Formerly known as the Neighborhood Self-Employment Initiative.
U.S. Small Business Administration - Indiana District Office
8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Counseling and training sessions are available to those starting or running businesses.
SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business)
8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 401
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Offers one-on-one counseling and a free workshop “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business, Session 1”.p>
Indiana Business Research Center
Economic and demographic statistics specific to Indiana counties and cities.
Census 2010 data for Indiana
The Economic Census profiles American business every 5 years, from the national to the local level.
County Business Patterns
This annual series provides subnational economic data by industry.
ZIP Business Patterns
Business counts, by size, for hundreds of industries....plus summaries by ZIP code (without industry breakdown) for employment, payroll, and counts by employment size.
Good source for consumer trends.
Get a free sample industry report from their Marketing Research Profiles.
Research a country's industry and get a list of relevant links for that industry.
Current Industrial Reports
Manufacturing, mining, and construction statistics.
IRS Market Segment Specialization Program
Audit Techniques Guides, used by IRS auditors, contain industry background and characteristics. A limited number of industries are covered.
U.S. Commercial Service
International market research from the U.S. Commercial Service.
SEC EDGAR database
Search for financial reports filed with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by public companies.
SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators) is a dynamic community information system that helps you map, compare, and store data about Central Indiana communities from over 30 sources.
Business Insights: Essentials
Database of detailed company and industry news and information company profiles, brands, rankings, histories, investment reports.
Business Source Premier
When you've opened the database, select Business from the menu of choices, and you'll find links to the full text of sample business plans from the multi-volume set Business Plans Handbook.
DemographicsNow offers simple, ready-to- use demographic data reports that can be customized by geography.
General Business File ASAP
This multi-faceted database provides information on businesses and companies.
Searchable national business directory with listings for over 14 million US businesses.
Sexy Little Numbers : How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Linkedin
Listen First! : Turning Social Media Conversations into Business Advantage
Rappaport, Stephen D.
Research on Main Street : Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information
Implementing Word of Mouth Marketing : Online Strategies to Identify Influencers, Craft Stories, and Draw Customers
Cakim, Idil Miriam
RMA Annual Statement Studies
R 657.3 RMA
Value Line Investment Survey
R 332.6 VAL
Mergents Industry Review
R 332.6322 MER
Market Share Reporter
R 658.83 MAR