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    Industry Information

    • Current Industrial Reports
      CIR provides monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity. The CIR program produces timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products. The data can be used for market analysis, forecasting, and decision-making in the private sector. These surveys measure manufacturing activity in important commodity areas such as textiles and apparel, chemicals, primary metals, computer and electronic components, industrial equipment, aerospace equipment, and consumer goods.

    • Industry Reports by US Business Reporter
      A commercial site with concise industry summaries covering each industry’s national and international climate, issues, trends, and environmental concerns. A good starting place to choose an industry to research.

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    Company Information

      This free financial report service, provided by IR Solutions, a financial information services firm, offers PDF versions of company annual reports and HTML versions of their Form 10Ks, both of which are primary sources of financial information about a company. The 10K Form discloses total sales, revenue, and pretax operating income, as well as sales by product classes for the company's separate lines of business for each of the past five years. Locate reports by browsing alphabetically, by entering a company name or ticker symbol, by exchange, by industry or by 13 industry sectors.

    • Corporate Information
      More than 300,000 company profiles are featured in this site including those public or private; foreign or domestic. Users may also browse the site by industry, state or country.

    • Hoover's Online
      The free section provides latest business news and a directory listing 15,000 companies and a brief description of their products. Additional information is available for a fee.
    • SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR)
      Searchers will find links to a complete list of filings, registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms for many companies, both foreign and domestic.

    • CompaniesOnline
      This site features directory information (address, phone, Web address, etc.) for over 100,000 public and private U.S. companies including non-profit organizations. Free registration is needed to receive more company information.

    • GuideStar - The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations
      The searchable database includes the mission, programs, finances, and contacts for over one million nonprofit organizations in the United States. This basic information is free but requires registration. Additional information is available for a subscription fee.

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    Consumer & Product Information

    • Consumer World
      This site offers a comprehensive listing of over 1,500 consumer-related sites. It features product reviews, comparison pricing, product recalls, federal and state consumer agencies, latest news, and more.

    • The National Retail Federation
      Much of the NRF’s data is available for free. Researchers can find information on the top global retailers. They can also locate data on spending related to holidays and other events as well.

    • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
      The U.W. Consumer Product Safety Commission is a federal agency with jurisdiction over approximately 15,000 consumer products. This site provides information on these products as well as the latest recalls, important safety tips, news, etc.

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    Small Business

    • Small Business Resources
      Here you'll find links to international trade sites; guides to importing and exporting; frequently asked questions about importing and exporting; and a list of incoterms (terms used in international trade). It's a no-frills site with plenty of solid, practical information.

    • Entrepreneur.Com
      Information on starting a business, home-based businesses, e-commerce, marketing, and free business forms are examples of what you can find at this site dedicated to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

    • Small Business Knowledge Base
      A comprehensive free resource of small business information; packed with dozens of guides and worksheets.

    • United States Small Business Administration
      This site provides online advice for starting a business and links users to numerous governmental agencies and web sites.

    • National Women's Business Council (NWBC)
      The NWBC is a federal advisory council focused on issues important to women business owners. The Council's mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women's business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplace.

    • Online Women's Business Center
      Sponsored by the US Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership, this site provides access to credit and capital, federal contract information, international trade opportunities, business training and technical assistance. Users will find information on understanding basic financial statements, and business ratios and ratio analysis; all aspects of small business taxes; managing and expanding a business from the very basics to leading growth and change; developing and marketing through a Web site; and leads on selling to governments.

    • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
      The Women's Business Enterprise National Council is a leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations. It was founded in 1997. The WBENC claims to be the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs. WBENC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners.

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    • Bureau of Economic Analysis
      From the U.S. Department of Commerce, this site has statistics divided into four sections: National, International, Regional, and Industry. Gives current and historical data and analyses. Find statistical tables covering gross domestic products, personal income, trade and investment. Good for tracking and analysis of economic issues in the U.S.

    • Economic Census
      The Economic Census profiles American business every 5 years, from the national to the local level. The 2007 Economic Census is the most recent. It covers most of the U.S. economy in its basic collection of establishment statistics. You will find statistics on minority- and women-owned businesses. You can preview the 2012 Economic Census at the following link:

    • Economic
      The Economics and Statistics Administration at the US Department of Commerce maintains this site. It provides current economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the US Census Bureau. The timeliness is critical because indicators, while reflecting business activity, also impact business, financial, and policy decisions. The search page shows the indicators, sources (i.e., the Census Bureau and/or the BEA), the frequency (monthly or quarterly), and the time of release. [The following is copied directly from the CHOICE review online] “A master calendar with release dates for the current year is available on the top menu bar and also linked with each indicator. The page does not contain a standardized data format; thus, the quality of data presentation and export ease varies with each indicator. Some data sets open directly into Microsoft Excel and can be downloaded with ease; others do not.”

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    Tax & Accounting

    Resources about International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) reporting.
    Below you will find online resources from the Big Four accounting firms in the United States.

    Learn about the convergence in the United States of GAAP and IFRS (respectively ‘Generally Accepted Accounting Principles’ and ‘International Financial Reporting Standards’).


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