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North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business


Thomson Dialog ( offers access to more than 900 databases containing publications, reports, newsletter, and directories covering dozens of industries


Price List of Lists Find information on hundreds of topics organized by lists. Find resources, markets and competitive information. This site takes some digging but there is a lot of information to uncover.


Trade Organizations – My favorite are the national trade associations in the area of your business.  These organizations often provide free information regarding the market for that industry. To look up potential association (or just search for your industry and “trade association” to locate information. 


ACNielsen Corporation ( provides point-of-sale scanner data on sales, market share, and retail prices; data on household purchasing; and data on television audiences.


Dun & Bradstreet ( maintains a database containing information on more than 50 million individual companies around the globe


LexisNexis ( Business Section—provides full-text business and financial news, U.S. and International company financial information from government and private sources, market research, industry reports, and SEC filings.  You must go through the library website to access the site for free. 


Factiva ( specializes in in-depth financial, historical, and operational information on public and private companies


Hoover’s, Inc., ( provides business descriptions, financial overviews, and news about major companies around the world


CNN ( reports US and global news and covers the markets and news-making companies in detail




Experian Consumer Research (Simmons) ( provides detailed analysis of consumer patterns in 400 product categories in selected markets


Information Resources, Inc., ( provides supermarket scanner data for tracking grocery product movement and new product purchasing data


IMS Health ( tracks drug sales, monitors performance of pharmaceutical sales representatives, and offers pharmaceutical market forecasts


Consumer Spending Survey  program consists of two surveys—the quarterly Interview survey and the Diary survey—that provide information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics

J.D. Power and Associates ( provides information from independent consumer surveys of product and service quality, customer satisfaction, and buyer behavior


ComScore Networks ( provides consumer behavior information and geo demographic analysis of Internet and digital media users around the world




 US Census ( provides detailed statistics and trends about the US population.  Most of the data in its periodic economic indicators is derived from surveys of businesses and most of the demographic information comes from surveys of households or the decennial census.


American Demographics reports on demographic trends and their significance for business.


American FactFinder is a new data access and dissemination system that provides useful facts and information about your community, your economy, and your society. The system will find and retrieve the information you need from some of the Census Bureau's largest data sets. *FAQs—good place to go for answers on how to use American FactFinder.


Population Reference Bureau This website provides information on U.S. and international population trends and their implications. Checkout the PRB Library and DataFinder.



 Securities and Exchange Commission Edgar database ( provides financial data on US public corporations


Small Business Administration ( features information and inks for small business owners


Federal Trade Commission ( shows regulations and decisions related to consumer protection and antitrust laws


Stat-USA (, a Department of Commerce site, highlights statistics on US business and international trade


US Patent and Trademark Office ( allows searches to determine who has filed for trademarks and patents


U.S. Census Bureau Economic Programs   This Census Bureau site offers a wide variety of statistical economic information, including economic data by geography, sector, and frequency.


Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)  The BEA, part of the Economics and Statistics division of the USDC, produces up-to-date economic accounts statistics that enable users to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. 


Columbia International Affairs International CIAO   CIAO is a comprehensive database for theory and research on international affairs. This database offers information on the background, people, geography, economy, government, military and a nice historical overview of numerous countries throughout the world.  One of its nicest features is the comparison tool!


CountryWatch  is an information provider for corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals needing up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.  Country watch provides a set of political, economic, and business information about 192 countries from around the world.


The Women in America Report pulls together information from across Federal statistical agencies to compile baseline information on how women are faring in the United States today and how these trends have changed over time. 


FedStats provides access to federal statistics. These range from either agencies in general to simple statistics of differing districts.


The United Nations Statistical Division provides both demographic and social statistics of the UN. It provides information on topics, methods, products, and databases.


The U.S. Census Bureau provides both short- and long-term technical assistance on a wide variety of topics related to censuses, surveys, and information systems. It conducts demographic, economic, and geographic studies of other countries and strengthens statistical development around the world through technical assistance, training, and software products.


The Ref Desk provides both demographic and population resources.



Arbitron ( provides local-market and internet radio audience and advertising expenditure information, among other media and ad spending data


Simply Map (Geographic Research via NC LIVE)  A web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data. Users can compare data across multiple locations and build custom reports; explore historical census data to understand how regions change over time; combine locations and search for areas based on specific criteria; and export data to word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Requires creation of a free user account, go through the university library to access. 


Zip Skinny Dr. Bush hooked me up with Zip Skinny where you can research a zip code in the US and then do comparisons against other zip codes.  Pretty cool. 


Small Business Development Center ( provides technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the region.  Look online for one near you or the the small business center at SPCC


Chamber of Commerce – ( In the local area where you want to launch your business, look at the services and networking provided by the chamber of commerce. 


North Carolina Specific Sources:     


Mecklenberg County Specific Sites

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce




ClickZ ( brings together a wealth of information about the Internet and its users, from consumers to e-commerce


Interactive Advertising Bureau ( covers statistics about advertising on the Internet


Jupiter Research ( monitors Web traffic and ranks the most popular sites


ADDITIONAL MARKET RESEARC DATA Decision Analyst Inc., an international marketing research firm, provides links to secondary sources


Nielsen  As a global leader in measurement and information in over 100 countries, Nielsen provides clients an understanding of the consumer is the key to making the right decisions.  Some of the reports are helpful, just don’t pay for any.


Thanks to our marketing colleagues, current and former who have shared their resources to help create a comprehensive listing.

 -Adapted from Prof. Debbi Brock

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