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General Business Information
County Business Patterns
PDF formatted data available for 1993 to 2014. This annual series includes a separate report for each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and a U.S. summary. The divisions of the economy covered are agricultural services, forestry, and fisheries; mining; contract construction; manufacturing; transportation and other public utilities; wholesale trade; retail trade; finance, insurance, and real estate; and services.
Consumer Price Index
Monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.
AOL finance and money site
Reuters Business and Finance
Another source for information on companies, industries, and financial markets. Includes coverage of mutual funds and small business.
Yahoo Finance Industry Browser
free resource that allows you to browse industries by performance rankings, including ROE, P/E ratio, market cap, price change, price to book value, profit margin, price to book value, long term debt, and more.
NY State Corporation and Business Filings
Holds business documents including state and local laws, oaths of office, trademarks, certificates of incorporation, and Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 financing statements. The Division is also responsible for the authentication of public documents for use in other countries.
Guide to State Securities Administrators
Listing of the various state administrators, with links to their home pages, email address and to the text of the State's Blue Sky laws, where available.
Business Plan Templates
Business Plans and Financial Statements Template Gallery
A collection of business plan templates created by a not-for-profit organization (SCORE) in conjunction with the Small Business Administration.
Business Plan Basics—Cornell University
A fact sheet of business plan basics made available by the Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship through Cornell University.
How to Start a Business and Write a Business Plan
Free resource that covers cover the following key areas: How to conduct an industry analysis, how to do a competitor analysis, how to do a product feature comparison, how to conduct market research, an overview of the key elements of a business plan, and links to additional resources and sample business plans.
How to Write a Business Plan
A template for creating a business plan made available by the Small Business Administration.
SCDC Small Business Snapshots
Free market research reports cover industry trends, market statistics, customer demographics, start-up costs, recent business articles, and links to industry trade associations.
BusinessStudents.com: Business Plans
A fairly comprehensive guide to writing a business plan, geared towards business students. Lots of information and links to examples of plans.
Small Business Loans
A group that reviews lenders and gives ratings and reviews. They also go over the loan process.