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ABI/INFORM Complete

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Business research from journals, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers.

Provided by NC LIVE

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Data and statistics
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Economic statistics including unemployment rates, average earnings, and consumer price index.

Business Plan Handbook

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

A collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. Find examples of how to approach, structure, and compose your own business plan, with samples taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries.

Copyright.gov

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Government
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Search existing copyrights, register a work, or get your copyright questions answered.

Data Axle Reference Solutions

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Real-time access to accurate, in-depth info on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. Find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, search for jobs, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research, and much more.

Help and more info for Data Axle Reference Solutions

Provided by NC LIVE

Data.Census.gov

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Data and statistics
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

U.S. demographic and economic data.

Entrepreneurship Database

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Info for entrepreneurs and researchers. Includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.

Provided by NC LIVE

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. Entrepreneurs and business students can find helpful information for any point in the life cycle of a business.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Step-by-step online planning tools for starting, managing, and optimizing a business or nonprofit. You can create a personal account, enter information about your business idea, and receive customized information to help launch your business. Save all of your information in one place and make modifications to your business plan as it grows and changes.

Help and more info for Gale Business: Plan Builder

Hoover’s Company Records

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Information for over 40,000 companies, including company overview, industry information, leadership, and historical financials.

Provided by NC LIVE

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Consumer resources and personal finance
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Covers mutual funds, stocks, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the individual investor. Read in-depth, independent stock and fund reports written by experts with the proprietary Morningstar Rating and Style Box. Test your investing ideas with the Portfolio X-Ray Overview.

Help and more info for Morningstar Investment Research Center

North Carolina Department of Commerce

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Legal
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Info and resources for starting, locating, or expanding a business in North Carolina.

North Carolina Online Business Registration

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Legal
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Register your new business with the North Carolina Department of Revenue online instead of mailing in the NC-BR form for Income Tax Withholding, Sales and Use Tax, and Machinery, Equipment, and Manufacturing Fuel Tax. Please call the Taxpayer Assistance and Collections Center at 1-877-252-3052 if you have any questions.

SimplyAnalytics

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Data and statistics

Simply Analytics is a useful data tool for writing a business plan, working with marketing data, and presenting demographic data. For help, contact kmakens@dconc.gov.

Small Business Administration

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Get help with starting, expanding, and financing a small business.

U. S. Patent and Trademark Office

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Government
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Research copyright, patents, and trademarks. Search for U.S. patents, file patents, and check the status of a patent.