Below are lists of helpful databases, tutorials, websites, magazines, and catalogs to help you research companies and industries. If you would like additional assistance finding information, please feel free to stop by the library research desk. You can also set up an appointment to meet with me. See box on the right for contact info.
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) http://www.mmac.org has information on economic trends and the results of their most recent Business Outlook Survey. You can find this by using the search box and entering "business outlook survey.‟
Milwaukee Department of City Development Business Assistance http://city.milwaukee.gov/BusinessToolbox.htm Information and business services provided by the City of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee's Economic Development Plan (Citywide Policy Plan)
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions http://www.wdfi.org Information about forming a corporation or LLC in Wisconsin, forms, links to the Wisconsin Statutes. The FAQs at http://www.wdfi.org/corporations/ are particularly helpful.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Blanchard Leaderchat (blog)
A forum to discuss leadership and management issues.
Searchable website providing over 20,000 definitions to business-related terms http://www.businessdictionary.com
http://www.census.gov to examine census data relevant to your business
Corner Office from Marketplace (podcast)
Business leadership and management podcast created by National Public Radio.
County Business Patterns
Search for statistical data on economic activity organized geographically by counties, metro areas and states. This is easiest done when a student first researches a NAICS code for a specific industry: http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/
Every five years; most recent is 2007
http://www.census.gov/econ/census07/index.html and http://www.census.gov/econ/ See also the webpage for the 2012 census http://www.census.gov/econ/census/index.html
Offers sample business plans and many articles with advice on small business topics. Mostly free, but does advertise products that are not free.
Note the PDF link to a report on e-commerce – “Measuring the Electronic Economy”
Find information from filing business reports, to start-up, growing your business and more.
Business Plans & Profiles
Business plans and more from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
SCORE is an organization of retired and working business experts who mentor new small business owners and entrepreneurs. https://www.score.org/
SCORE Statrtup Business Plan Template
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The website offers national data on number of firms and financing. You can also find state data on small business firms and jobs by type of industry; owner characteristics.