APA Style from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL); A quick guide to citing resources based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009).
Sample Business Plans
Business Plans Handbook A series of actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plan
Small Business Resource Center database
Hundreds of sample business plans and templates
Databases for Industry and Market Research
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A collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings. Coverage includes over 700 U.S. industries in industry-specific reports. Research reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors, forecasting, and industry growth rates. Performance analysis includes emerging trends, recent production performance and 5 year forecasts. The US Specialized Industry Reports series covers niche industries such as pawn shops, boat insurance companies, air gun manufacturers and circus operators.
Market Research Monitor database from Euromonitor International
Monitor reports include market size, trends, competitive landscape, forecast.
Research business conditions, management techniques, business trends, management practice and theory, corporate strategy and tactics, and competitive landscape
Business Source Complete
Access to industry, company, and product reviews, analysis, reports, news and data
Business Insights: Essentials
Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT, market share, and financial reports, as well as company histories and industry essays.
Value Line Investment Survey Extensive one page reports/analysis on 101 industries
EconLit with Full Text
Provides full text for journal literature, books, dissertations including data and surveys
-->step 1: locate the NAICS code: http://www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm see below for selected examples
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services - NAICS 56
Administrative and Support Services - NAICS 561
Waste Management and Remediation Services - NAICS 562
Utilities - NAICS 22
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution - NAICS 2211
Natural Gas Distribution - NAICS 2212
Water, Sewage and Other Systems - NAICS 2213
Transportation and Warehousing - NAICS 48 - 49
Air Transportation - NAICS 481
Rail Transportation - NAICS 482
Water Transportation - NAICS 483
Truck Transportation - NAICS 484
-->Step 2: locate data and reports with the NAICS code
Industries at a Glance: http://www.bls.gov/iag/ Information from the Bureau of Labor statistics including average wages by position.
Data by Sector: http://www.census.gov/econ/index.html
and by Supersector including natural resources and mining, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, service, transportation, telecommunications and the internet, financial, leisure and hospitality, and much much more!!
Industry snapshots also available via the Census/Economic web: http://www.census.gov/econ/census/snapshots/index.html
Information and Communication Technology Survey (2010): www.census.gov/econ/ict/xls/2010/summary_of_findings.html
The Information and Communication Technology Survey (ICTS) collects data on non-capitalized and capitalized business spending for information and communication technology (ICT) equipment and computer software.
Annual Retail Trade Report : www.census.gov/retail/index.html#arts
Annual Retail Trade reports provide data on sales, taxes, inventories, operating expenses and more.
Bureau of Economic Analysis: www.bea.gov
Bureau of Economic Analysis provides data on GDP, personal income and outlays, consumer spending, corporate profits, as well as information on trade and GDP by industry.
Survey of Current Business: www.bea.gov/scb/index.htm
The monthly Survey of Current Business is BEA’s definitive source of information about its economic accounts. Articles in the Survey present the latest national, international, regional, and industry estimates; describe the methodologies used to prepare the estimates; provide information about major revisions; discuss on-going innovations; and generally keep users up to date on relevant BEA issues and initiatives. Each issue includes numerous tables and charts of various economic estimates. Each issue also includes a message from BEA’s director.
Annual Survey of Manufacturershttp://www.census.gov/manufacturing/asm/index.html
The Annual Survey of Manufacturers provides sample estimates of statistics for all manufacturing establishments with one or more paid employee. It covers employment, payroll, supplemental labor costs, cost of materials consumed, operating expenses, value of shipments, value added by manufacturing, detailed capital expenditures, fuels and electric energy used and inventories.
Industry Trade Data and Analysis from the ITA/Commerce Dept: http://www.trade.gov/data.asp
Information from the International Trade Administration including data on trade competitiveness, import/export statistics, and trade data and analysis.
Industry data and reports in print Reference Sources
Industry Surveys from Standard and Poor's (2012); print copy in Durick LIbrary Reference HC 106.6. S74
Business Statistics for the United States
print copy in Durick Library Reference HF 5681
Annual Statement Studies Financial Ratio Benchmarks (annual)
print copy in Durick Library Reference HF 5681
Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios (2010)
from Dun and Bradstreet (2008/2009): print copy in Durick Library Reference HD 2771
Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios (2010-2011)
print copy in Durick Library Reference HD2771.D866b
Demographics and Consumer Spending
Local Market Analyst A consumer market research tool that provides access to segmentation, demographics, and targeting data for media planners and consumer marketers; understand target audiences, their consumer behavior and lifestyles and have access to detailed reports and maps. MUST USE Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, or 9! This is a great resource, but it has some technology limitations. There is a good chance you won't have access to the outdated versions of Internet Explorer without coming to the library and using one of the computers here.
Consumer Expenditures Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/cex/home.htm
Census of the United States http://www.census.gov/econ/
The Business & Industry portal for the Economic Census which includes data on construction, international trade, manufacturing, retail trade, as well as special topics of business dynamics and business expenses.
Census Bureau's Population and Households
Information from the Census broken down by subject including Metropolitan and Micropolitan statistical areas, computer and internet use, income, industry & occupation, labor force statistics, as well as many other categories.
Census Bureau's Income statistics
Includes reports from the Current Population Survey on income and poverty in the United States.
Demographics and Consumer Spending print resources
American Marketplace (2009 edition)--print copy in Durick Library: Reference Ha.a635 2007
Household Spending (2010 edition)--print copy in Durick Library: Reference HC110.C6 O34
SRDS: The Lifestyle Market Analyst (2008 edition)--print copy in Durick Library: Reference HA 203.L5
Internet Advertising Revenue Report : http://www.iab.net/insights_research/industry_data_and_landscape/adrevenuereport
Vermont links for starting a business /nonprofit
Starting a business in Vermont: http://www.sec.state.vt.us/corps/dobiz
Checklist for starting a business in VT: http://www.sec.state.vt.us/corps/Business_startup_checklist.pdf
Liquor License / VT http://liquorcontrol.vermont.gov/licensing/
Operating a Food or Lodging Establishment in VT http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/food_lodge/food_lodge_guide.aspx
Real estate for a commercial enterprise
Century 21: http://www.farmandforest.com
Nonprofit start up information
Nonprofits corporation law (VT): http://www.sec.state.vt.us/tutor/dobiz/noprof/noprofex.htm
Nonprofit organizations in VT—guides, law, forms, etc: http://www.sec.state.vt.us/corps/dobiz/npo.htm
Nonprofit links: http://www.sec.state.vt.us/tutor/dobiz/noprof/Nonprofit/links.htm
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services grants info page:http://www.grants.gov
U.S. Small Business Association website with grant and loan info: http://www.sba.gov/
Official United States government portal for grant info http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Benefits.shtml
Zoning regulations http://www.sec.state.vt.us/corps/Business_startup_checklist.pdf
Burlington zoning info: http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/planning/
Doing Business in Essex Junction, VT: http://essexjunction.org/business/doing-business-in-essex-junction
City of Burlington business related websites
Chamber of Commerce
City of Burlington
Environmental Reports and Regulations
Environmental Protection Agency laws and regulations: title 40 protection of the environment http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs
Regulations for utility industry: http://www.wri.org/stories/2010/12/response-eeis-timeline-environmental-regulations-utility-industry
Industry Reports for green business endeavors
Energy Information Administration: analysis and projections, markets and finance, green house gas data, electric power plant emissions, data for petroleum and other liquids such as ethanol and biodiesel, natural gas, electricity, coal, renewable and alternative fuels, nuclear and uranium, total energy summaries, consumption and efficiency reports
Energy Industries Team (International Trade Association): information by sector and region
Green goods and services
Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative: http://trade.gov/competitiveness/sustainablemanufacturing/index.asp