We also have access to the Business Plans Handbook series. These handbooks contain example business plans for many different kinds of businesses.
These resources provide in-depth industry reports which can help you with the Environmental Analysis, PESTLE Analysis portions of your project.
This database features industry reports for a long list of US Industries. It contains reports for the NAICS based industries as well as a wealth of custom industry reports. The reports are very in-depth and can be downloaded as pdfs. Additionally, the reports contain industry statistics that can be downloaded as excel files. This short video can get you started.
Industry reports in this database cover many different countries. To find US industry reports do a keyword search and use the geography limits that appear on the right hand side of the results page. Here is a short tutorial video to get you started.
This resource offers access to industry reports from First Research. They are in-depth reports that include industry statistics. Finding these industry reports in this database is tricky. Do a keyword search for the industry name, include "first research" as a publisher, and finally in the "document type" box check off "industry report". Then complete your search. Watch a short how-to video.
These resources will help you with the Market Analysis, PESTLE Analysis, and Environmental Analysis.
Provides access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or neighborhood level to identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Thanks to MeL.Demographic, expenditure, and other consumer data available as customizable reports. This resource also contains the Mosaic Market Segments Reports from Experian as well as data from the National Consumer Survey conducted by Simmons.
GMID: Global Market Information Database
International socioconomic data, including industry statistics, consumer behavior statistics, and country information.
American FactFinder - US Census
Offers access to demographic, housing, and economic data.
Consumer Expenditure Survey
Average annual expenditures by consumer characteristics (age, income, ethnicity, etc.)
Business activity at the national and local level.
County Business Patterns (CBP)
Subnational economic data by industry
MarketLine - Seach by company name to bring up an in-depth company profile that even includes a SWOT for most companies. Be sure to limit the search to "companies" in the drop down for better results.
Mergent Online - Search by company name or ticker to bring up a company profile. Great place for financials, competitor lists, reports, histories, sec filings, etc.
ABI/Inform Complete - This database contains Canadean Company Reports which feature SWOT and financial analyses of companies as well as information like company history and key employees. The reports can be found by doing an advanced search with the company name limited to title and "canadean" limited to publisher.
Articles from the business press, trade publications, academic journals, and newspapers.
Consumer behavior articles. You can search by measures used in studies.
Business Source Elite
Articles from journals and magazines; market research reports, etc.