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BU 461 Business Strategy

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

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

Industry Analysis 

-->step 1: locate the NAICS code:  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 Information from the Bureau of Labor statistics including average wages by position.

Data by Sector:
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:

Information and Communication Technology Survey (2010): 

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 :

Annual Retail Trade reports provide data on sales, taxes, inventories, operating expenses and more.

Bureau of Economic Analysis:

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:

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 Manufacturers

 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:

 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 

Census of the United States

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

Advertising Revenues

Internet Advertising Revenue Report :

Vermont links for starting a business /nonprofit

Starting a business in Vermont:

Checklist for starting a business in VT:

Liquor License / VT

Operating a Food or Lodging Establishment in VT

Real estate for a commercial enterprise



Century 21:

Nonprofit start up information

Nonprofits corporation law (VT):

Nonprofit organizations in VT—guides, law, forms, etc:

Nonprofit links:

Government grants:

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services grants info page:

U.S. Small Business Association website with grant and loan info:

Official United States government portal for grant info

Zoning regulations

Burlington zoning info: 

Doing Business in Essex Junction, VT:

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 

Regulations for 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:

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