Research Central: Business Research
Library Services for Businesses
You need information to run and grow a successful business. We can help you find it!
Watch this video to see how our Reference Librarians and Business First! can assist you in finding free resources including our business-oriented databases to create customer lists, develop and gather competitive intelligence (CI), and investigate industries.
Small Business FAQ
Get detailed guidance on demographics, patents, trademarks, business plans, licenses, financing, taxes, and much more.
Small Business Seminars
Attend a seminar taught by experienced Dayton SCORE professionals on sales, websites, back-office functions, front-office functions and more!
Business Research Request
Complete this online form with your specific business information request and a librarian will research your topic and send you the information.
Created in 2001, and nationally recognized, the BusinessFirst! Program uses a customer oriented approach to economic development that connects businesses to resources in the Dayton area.
Business Week Company Insight Center
Search almost 400,000 companies worldwide. Find stock quotes, press releases, compensation figures, biographies, and board relationships of key company executives.
CI Resource Index
A search engine and categorized listing of sites for finding competitive intelligence resources.
Resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.
FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data
FRED, a project of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, is a leading source of worldwide economic data. Particularly useful for creating graphs to track big data over time.
Provides both information and instruction on how to research international business topics.
Information on U.S. and foreign companies and industries. The site is subscription-based, however some company information is available for free.
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Find companies and products in North America. Search by company, product, or brand name.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy to support public and private decision-making.
U.S. Census Bureau - Business & Industry
Economic census-related surveys (Survey of Business Owners and Commodity Flow Survey) including annual, quarterly, and monthly surveys. You will also find current demographic information using their free databases including the American Fact Finder, Easy Community Stats and QuickFacts.
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