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Available from any computer with a library card.
Available from any computer with a library card, provided by NC LIVE.
Available from any computer within a library building.
Business research from journals, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers.
American FactFinder provides access to data from the census and other government surveys, including the American Community Survey and Annual Economic Survey.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Statistics include unemployment rates, average earnings and consumer price index.
Simplifies finding information from many federal and state agency websites in one place. Useful for finding out about business licenses and permits as well as starting small businesses.
Business Licenses for North Carolina Website
Contains information regarding licenses required by N.C. State Agencies and Occupational Licensing Boards. If you have questions about licensing requirements for your specific business, please call the North Carolina Business ServiCenter at (800) 228-8443.
Business Plan Handbook
Business Plans Handbook is a collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. For those looking for examples of how to approach, structure and compose their own business plans, the Handbook presents many sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries — only the company names and addresses have been changed.
Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.
Incorporate or Form a Limited Liability in North Carolina Website
Provides instructions, forms and fees. You can also search for existing corporations and limited liabilities by name or registered agent.
Hoover’s Company Records
Information for over 40,000 companies, including company overview, industry information, leadership and historical financials.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
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. Need help? More than 150 topics are covered in the Help and Education section.
North Carolina Online Business Registration
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.
Information for entrepreneurs and researchers that includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.
Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more. Help & More Info
Small Business Administration
Provides assistance on starting, expanding, and financing a small business.