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Business Research: Entrepreneur and Small Business Toolkit: Home

List of Resources

Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition - 2.3

You can view the interactive map or create a report based on your industry and business locations. Try search your town or city first, if it provides limited data, try county or state. (Instructions on how to use this website)

Maine County Profile

AtoZdatabases 

Click Advanced search under "Find a Business" column. The State selection provides whole state-level data. If you need city-level data, select city only and then choose the State ME. 

RKMA Market Research Handbook
Consumer Marketing (RKMA Market Research Handbook)

Maine Business Science Technology Library Portal (MBSTL)

The website is designed for small business owners with almost all free resources. It collected content from important national and local small business sources (SCORE, SBA, etc.) and organized them by topic. It links to webinars, handbooks, guides, templates and more. 

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

FInd U.S. and state GDP numbers, health care spending by illness (and more!), personal income, spending power and disposable income numbers, how far your dollar goes by state, international trade numbers, travel and tourism, arts and culture, and much more. A great if not super easy to use data source. Have any questions about this resource, be sure to connect with your business librarian. 

Nexis Uni

Find information like SWOT Analysis and Company Profile information (including financial and benchmarking information). This works best for publicly traded companies but does have some information related to private companies. 

Economic Census 2017

"The Economic Census is the official measure of the Nation’s businesses and economy. Conducted every five years, the survey serves as the statistical benchmark for current economic activity, such as, the Gross Domestic Product and the Producer Price Index.Data collected from individual business establishments on physical location, type of business activity (industry), employment, payroll, and revenue by type of service or product and more provides vital information on the changes in the ownership and organizational structure of American Businesses and industries. Some inquiries apply to certain industries but not others, such as, materials consumed and franchising." From their website

Guide to Research

Infographic: Research Guide for the entrepreneur. Check out IBIS World & Nexis Uni for industry and company information, look at several US census bureau websites for demographic information and use Mintel to find marketing information.                       

COVID-19 Resources

Design Tools for Business Promotion

Canva.com (free graphic design tool)
Inkscape (Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator)

Pexels.com (free images)

Pexels Video (free video clip)

Additional Resources for Employee Research

Salary Finder (find salary for the position)

Work Design/Classification

Resources for advertising your job opening and find an employee:

  • Maine JobLink: List your job opportunities at no charge and get matched with job seekers in your area.
  • CareerCenters:Use CareerCenters as a hiring resource, including space to recruit, interview and train new hires
  • Job Fairs: Meet with hundreds of prospective employees throughout the state.
  • Monster. com, Indeed, Career Builder are all good national and in some cases international job boards. 

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