Business & Management
Best Web Sites
|Major Business Sites||Business Ethics|
|Industry Information||Company Information||Consumer & Product Information|
|Small Business||International Business||Marketing & Advertising|
|Finance & Investment||Economics||Tax & Accounting|
BEOnline: Business Reference Services
Business, economic, and related Web resources, accessable via the Subject Lists or Title List links. The Subject Lists section contains 88 browsable categories, each of which contains a manageable number of well-chosen sites. Categories such as accounting, business plans, e-commerce, demographics, and data sets are supplemented by tools-based, practical categories featuring company directories, shipping information, standards, and other necessaries.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (formerly WI Dept of Commerce)
This site addresses business issues specific to Wisconsin. Look here for Business Statistics, Information on Starting a Business in Wisconsin, Financing a Business, Technical Resources and more.
Provides partial content of the magazine and connects users to the Fortune 500 industry and company information, Hoover's snapshots, SEC filings and to company web sites which include annual reports.
Free Management Library
Collection of free resources about personal, professional and organizational development, serving people in businesses, nonprofits and universities. It offers more than 10,000 resources -- books, links, articles and more recently blogs.
Infoplease's Business & Economy site
Category examples include Most Active Stocks on NYSE, Largest US Businesses, Leading Advertising Agencies, NAFTA, Dow 101 and more.
Women and Business
This site is a selective, annotated list of links to Internet resources on women and business. It was developed as part of WSSLINKS, a project of the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Includes both the 'old' SIC (U.S. Standard Industrial Classification) codes along with the new NAICS (print copies of both are available in the Alverno Library).
Research & Reference Gateway: Research Guides: Business
An important resource from the Rutgers University Libraries, this business research resources guide puts the top business research sources in one easy-to-use place. The portal is divided into eighteen sections, including Business News Sources, Job Searching Market Research, and Financing Your Business. Within each section, there are myriad well-organized sites complete with short annotations.
Price's List of Lists
Top business lists in many areas.
BELL: The Business Ethics Links Library
Resources for research in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility.
Bibliography of Business Ethics Articles, 1992-present
Searchable site for articles about business ethics.
Business Ethics Resources on the WWW
The Centre for Applied Ethics sponsors this site which features such sections as 'Code of Ethics,' 'Business Ethics Institutions and Organizations,' and 'Online Publications.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A neat little guide to business etiquette and culture in the United States and abroad. Countries covered are mainly in North America, Europe, and Asia. Topics include gift-giving, negotiating styles and tactics, appointments, business entertaining, body language, and more.
The Federation of International Trade Association's International Trade/Import-Export
An excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.
An excellent resource covering international business compiled by Michigan State University's Center for International Business and Education and Research (MSU-CIBER).
International Trade Centre
ITC is great resource for international trade statistics. The site offers online market research products both free and fee-based. Country-level trade information is free – patrons can access the information from the Countries section of the home page.
United States Department of Commerce
Export.gov gathers resources from across the U.S. Government to help American businesses plan international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.
WI Department of Commerce – International Trade
This site provides information relating to International Trade (Wisconsin export data, overseas contact information, etc.) For more general links, be sure to check out the International Resources on the Internet, organized alphabetically, geographically and by subject.
Best Information on the Net - Marketing
A good megasite from the O'Keefe Library at St. Ambrose University.
The Internet's reference & resource site for marketing, research, advertising, selling, promotion & more.
Yahoo! Marketing and Advertising
ACNielsen Corporation is the world's leading provider of market research, information and analysis to the consumer products and services industries.
Hispanic Fact Pack
"Valuable, hard-to-find data about demographic trends, marketer spending, Hispanic media and leading Hispanic agencies." Includes data about top advertisers and brands, leading radio formats and television markets, and demographics. Opens directly into a PDF file. From Advertising Age.
About.com - Business & Finance
Some of the categories found here include Business Practices, Industry Links, Personal Finance, Small Business and more.
This site provides consumers with financial data, research and editorial information on investment and non-investment financial products. It includes information on mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and much more.
CNNfn: The Financial Network - Markets
An extensive site on financial markets that includes U.S. and world stock markets, currencies, commodities, interest rates, and more. Select stock quotes to access a full range of company information, such as stock prices, analysts' reports, ratios, comparisons with competitors.
Investopedia (Financial dictionary)
This Forbes company provides an online financial dictionary. Some areas of the Investopedia site are password protected.
Financial glossary to help you understand today’s financial world. The glossary is comprehensive – it currently has over 7,500 terms, and new terms are added frequently.
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.
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: http://www.census.gov/econ/census12/.
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.”
Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
IRS - Department of the Treasury
Scroll down to the very bottom of the first page to find the key links including one entitled 'Tax Info for Businesses'.
Best Information on the Net - 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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