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November 21, 2017

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Plan Your Business

Library to Business - the Library can help you succeed

Map Your Startup Plan

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Ask a business question
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ABI/Inform Trade and Industry
Current market trends, company benchmarks and financial ratios in business magazines, trade journals and market reports.

Answer questions like:

  • What new technologies are impacting the microbrewery market?
  • Does the forecast look good for opening a fitness center?
  • How much does the average daycare charge for tuition in the US?
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Business Insights: Global
Industry essays, company rankings and business news. Great source information on large private and public companies.

Answer questions like:

  • Which online dating company has the largest market share?
  • How did Darigold Inc. develop its cooperative?
  • What is the growth rate of the bakery café’ market?
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Business Plans Handbook
Actual business plans from a wide variety of manufacturing, retail, and service industries.

Answer questions like:

  • Where can I find an example of a pressure washing business plan?
  • Where can I find a sample market analysis for a martial arts studio?
  • What equipment do I need to open a children’s hair salon?
Library resource - may require a Library card and PIN

ReferenceUSA
Competitors, prospects, suppliers or partners, searchable by type of business and geography.

Answer questions like:

  • What t-shirt companies are in Rainier Beach?
  • How many women-owned businesses are in King County?
  • How much do juice bars typically spend on advertising?
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RMA eStatement Studies
Benchmark financial statements and ratios for businesses. Detailed financial data for entrepreneurs and startups to plan and compare against real-world measures. FAQ with ratio definitions.

Answer questions like:

  • Where can I find business ratios for the florist industry?
  • How do I compare my business financial plan to companies in my industry?
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Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
Detailed public company news and financial information. Up-to-date industry reports (In-library access only) with financial details, analysis and forecasting.

Answer questions like:

  • How do I assess the health of a business against other companies in the industry?
  • What’s the growth forecast for the homebuilding industry?
  • What are the largest public companies in the IT services industry?
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