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Back to TopicsWeb Guide - Business, Economics & Investing

Edited 12-3-12

DATABASES & DIRECTORIES

America's Business Funding Directory
Provides funding criteria for more than 4000 sources of business capital to allow you to match your need to the best funding source available.

Better Business Bureau
Find any BBB in the US or Canada.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours, and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index. Enables customized tables of labor and economic data to be browsed or downloaded.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Federal government assistance programs to individuals/organizations/businesses.

Consumer Price Index Home Page
One of the pages hosted by the US Bureau of Labor Standards, the CPI home page has lots of lists of historical CPIs as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

CPA Directory
Database of Certified Public Accountants and PA firms in the U.S. Searchable by name, location and industry focus.

Texas Economic Development Business Research

Timely information on doing business in Texas.  Includes economic and demographic data, analyses and information on industries and communities statewide.

Thomas Industrial Buying Guide
Locate manufacturers, distributors and service providers anywhere in the U.S. or Canada with over 67,000 product categories to choose from.  Search thousands of industrial product catalogs by specification, feature or part number.  Search, select and download from millions of 2D/3D CAD drawings from component manufacturers.

US Patent and Trademark Office

THE place for patent and trademark information.

BUSINESS NEWS

Business Journals
Local business news from around the U.S., leading business stories of the day and industry specific news from more than 40 industries.  Full menu of tools to help business owners manage more successfully.

Business Week Online
Online version of the Bloomberg publication.

Entrepreneur.com: an Online Small Business Authority
Entrepreneur.com has evolved into the most widely used website by entrepreneurs and leaders in business worldwide. As the leading small business website, Entrepreneur.com serves its visitors' needs by creating the most satisfying experience with relevant content, logical information management and ease of access.

Money Online

Online version of the Time Warner publication.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

AllBusiness.com
How-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, blogs, business news, business directory listings, product comparisons, business guides and more.  Subsidiary of Dun & Bradstreet.

Employment and Benefits Law

Links to many resources on such topics as employment law, labor-management relations, labor standards, employee rights and responsibilities.  Created by a Dallas CPA.

Export.gov

U.S. Government's export promotion and finance portal to deliver export information and services from 11 government agencies to U.S. companies to begin or expand exporting business.

FamBiz.com

Affiliated with Northeastern University’s Center for Family Business, a one-stop site for information about family business issues and challenges.  Covers issues such as estate planning, hiring issues and sibling rivalries.  Seeks to connect as many of the 100 or so university-based centers for family business.

Home Based Businesses from Business.gov
Everything you need to know about operating a successful business out of your home including how to get started and how to manage your business within the law.

Office of Women's Business Ownership
Excellent source of information for financial assistance and grant programs available to women in business.

Riley Guide: Steps in Starting Your Own Business

Great source for all things employment related focusing on small businesses.  Includes links on funding, legal concerns, getting started and getting help.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
SCORE business counselors provide free advice to small business people via email as well as in person at

their local chapters. Their site also has plenty of resources for American small businesses: from web links to some of the best small business sites to tips and information on Y2K from a small business point of view.

SIC Manual (Search)
"This page allows the user to search the 1987 version SIC manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 4-digit SIC, and to examine the manual structure." The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) maintains this online Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) manual.

Smart Business Supersite
Covers wide range of topics including marketing online, email marketing, e-commerce, website creation, web-based software and much more.

U.S. Small Business Administration
This national site offers valuable insights into starting, financing and expanding a business as well as disaster assistance, compliance assistance, contracting opportunities, legislation and regulations affecting business and surviving in a slow economy.

ECONOMICS

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours, and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index. Enables customized tables of labor and economic data to be browsed or downloaded.

Consumer Price Index Home Page
One of the pages hosted by the US Bureau of Labor Standards, the CPI home page has lots of lists of historical CPIs as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

Texas Economic Development Business ResearchTimely information on doing business in Texas.  Includes economic and demographic data, analyses and information on industries and communities statewide.

Universal Currency Converter ~ Full Version
Up-to-the-minute currency exchange rates for over 180 currencies.

INVESTING

BigCharts
"This Historical Quotes tool allows you to look up a security's exact closing price. Simply type in the symbol and a historical date to view a quote and mini chart for that security." Also provides up-to-the-minute stock quotes and Dow and NASDAQ trading levels.

Commodity Trading Advice and Information

Provides a basic understanding of the natural supply and demand cycles of commodities markets including metals, grains, petroleum, meats and softs.

FreeEDGAR
Search over 15 million SEC EDGAR documents by ticker symbol, company name or from type or keyword.

Investing for the Long Run
A free guide with strategies and solutions to help you shape up your personal finances.

Investor Education
Investor resources for all ages and types of investors including background checks on investment professionals and ability to file complaints against.  Latest investor news and bulletins, financial calculators, games and free books and brochures that may be downloaded.  Link to Facebook page with news on investment scams and securities fraud.

InvestorWords
Comprehensive glossary of investment terminology with over 8000 terms and links between related terms.

Kitco
Excellent source to get closing prices on gold, silver and other precious metals.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Assistance
The SEC provides quite a bit of valuable information at this site: tips on on-line investing, a question and answer file, investor alerts, and more.

Yahoo! Finance Mutual Funds Center

Searching with the fund’s symbol, get current net asset value, year-to-date and five year average returns, yield, Morningstar overall and risk ratings, detailed description of the fund’s investment strategy and profile of the fund’s manager(s) plus much more.

 

 

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