Business Resources on the Web

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Small Business Administration
Learn about business online from the Small Business Administration.  An array of training materials on marketing, finance, management, and technology.  Has articles on issues like multicultural marketing, mentoring, and Internet business.  Covers basics like decoding financial statements and software requirements.  Has several FAQs, chat rooms, and an impressive list of links of interest to women in business.

Business Megasites

This well-organized site from the public library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County offers a lot of information without being overwhelming. Major topics are company research, industry research, international business, marketing & demographics, taxes, investment & personal finance, starting a business, business forms, career corner, and patents & trademarks.  The BizTechNetwork
Self-described as "the premier network for e-business, technology, and knowledge management," this site is also good for general business research, particularly if you're looking for cutting-edge ideas.  The Research Library, Knowledge Map, and periodicals collection offer articles, commentary, and online guides to topics ranging from accounting to WWW intranets.

Companies & Industries

To Find Company Profiles, Capsules, & Annual Reports:

Hoover's Online
This well-known publisher offers company capsules that list competitors and subsidiaries (with links), key people, financial information, company history, reports (annual & SEC), and selected stories. Also has industry information. More detailed information for a charge.
Free annual reports from around the world; includes links to company homepages.

EDGAR Database of Corporate Information
This site contains documents that public companies are required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission; includes annual and quarterly reports, prospectuses, mutual funds reports, and other SEC reports. You need to know the company's exact name before searching.

To Find Company Homepages or Match Companies with Industries or Products:

This classic business reference tool from Thomas Register is now available on the Web. Register to access additional features. Use this site to discover who makes what in the U.S. Good place to search for ISO certification information.

To Find Company Lists, Statistics, News, and General Information:
Here you can find the famous Forbes Lists such as the World’s Richest People, the 200 Best Small Companies in the U.S., the 500 Top Private Companies, etc. Also has articles from Forbes magazine and other publications; includes useful information on mutual funds, technology, startups, companies, e-business, and personal finance.

Fortune Magazine Online
Lists the Fortune 500 and other noteworthy companies; links to their company profiles; has other Fortune lists including the Best Companies to Work For and Best Companies for Asians, Blacks, and Hispanics.  Also has selected articles from Fortune magazine, investment tools, and information on small businesses, technology, and careers.

North American Industry Classification System - (NAICS)
"NAICS was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America." NAICS has replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system but the changeover is still in process. Visit this site to find or match NAICS codes to SIC codes for comparative purposes.


E-Commerce Times
Informative, free news site that provides timely stories of interest on a variety of e-commerce topics.

Online Business
Good starting place for gaining an overview of what e-commerce is all about. Provides articles, quizzes and a number of links to a variety of e-commerce related websites.

THE place to start online for getting your new business off the ground. Provides information on starting a business (see below); money and finance; marketing and much more.

Entrepreneur's Startup Kits
"Quick, easy-to-read guides to starting the most popular businesses around." From

NE Women Business Owners
"[A]n open and honest environment [that] fosters growth through networking, education, and peer support...NEWBO provides outstanding professional resources, educational programs, and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs."

Ladies Who Launch
Provides support and networking opportunities to women entrepreneurs through the use of events, newsletters, incubators and forums. Check their About page to learn more.


This megasite offers daily financial news; charts and reports on market information ( U.S. & world currencies, bonds, stock quotes & picks, etc.); and sections on industries, technology, personal finance, and world travel. Useful tools include a trading simulation and numerous calculators.
This general financial site has information on money (e.g., mutual funds, loans, retirement), markets (e.g., news, stocks, bonds, currencies), and starting a small business.  Also features financial charts, graphs, and a tools section with calculators.

Business Navigator
From the New York Times, visit this selective guide to find links on Internet business, fianacial, and investing resources.

Financial Times
An important source of international business news and analysis. Includes market reports, company and investment information, and statistical data.

FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data
Developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, FRED includes more than 250,000 economic and financial time series data from dozens of U.S. and international sources.

This online news magazine concentrates on investment analysis.

Human Resources

Human Resources
Maintained by Susan Heathfield, a management consultant with an HR background, for, a commercial Web directory, this megasite provides brief descriptions of each site it links to.   Covers over 25 areas including associations, diversity, compensation, legal, communication, retention, and training.

Focused on employee benefits information, this site offers a daily round-up on benefits news on the Web including new rulings, laws, and commentary. Offers Q&A columns on topics like 401(k) plans and benefits plan designs.  Includes government reports and a long list of other links; has keyword searching.

Federal Citizen Information Center: Employment
Offers links to government and private resources on finding a job. Or, for employment-related government publications, check out this link.


International Business Megasites:

globalEDGE™: International Business Resource Desk
From Michigan State University, this large megasite leads to Web sites organized by country and region.  Also covers international trade (e.g., guide to exporting, emerging markets), culture and travel (e.g., business netiquette, world clock), statistical data, and periodicals from around the world.

Country Profiles and International Statistics:

CIA World Factbook
These well-known profiles of many of the world's countries include current issues, historical overviews, and facts on each country's geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, and military.

Library of Congress Country Studies
These Country Studies/Area Handbooks for 101 countries and regions are written by independent social scientists.  They include maps, charts, and photographs and cover the political, economic, social, national security systems, and institutions of each country, emphasizing the people's culture, values, and beliefs.

Has graphs and other statistical information on a wide range of topics for major world regions and countries.

UNICEF: Information by Country
Contains at-a-glance statistics and basic indicators, particularly in regard to children, for numerous countries.

Foreign Trade Statistics
Find out the top 10 trading partners of the U.S. here; also lists trade balances and other trade data, including import-export information about specific countries.  Data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

International News and Magazines:

The Internet Public Library: Newspapers
Newspapers from around the world organized by country.

The Internet Public Library: Online Serials
Choose "Regional and Country Information" to read magazines from around the world.

Language and Travel:

A fascinating look at world languages from different perspectives; includes ESL and signed languages like ASL.  Contains a multitude of language courses, dictionaries, newspapers, samples of writing scripts and alphabets, and cross-cultural information.
This consumer-oriented travel site offers plane, car, hotel, and vacation reservations; includes travel-related features such as maps, weather, and currency information. Other good sites to try as well include Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.

Cross-Cultural Communications:

Executive Planet
Consult "Business Culture Guides" for etiquette tips on doing business in a number of foreign countries. Guides cover everything from conversation and dress, to gift giving and negotiation.

SIETAR International
The Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SEITAR) is an international organization seeking to develop "knowledge, values, and skills which enable effective intercultural, interracial, and interethnic actions."  This site leads to other SIETAR members in Italy, Japan, France, and Young SIETAR for students:  each site has unique links of intercultural interest.

Knowledge Management

What Is Knowledge Management?

"[Knowledge Management] is the process through which organizations generate value from their intellectual and knowledge-based assets. Most often, generating value from such assets involves sharing them among employees, departments and even with other companies in an effort to devise best practices. It's important to note that the definition says nothing about technology; while KM is often facilitated by IT, technology by itself is not KM."

(Source: Levinson, Meredith. What is knowledge management (KM). 29 June 2010

IT Toolbox: Knowledge Management Knowledge Base
Visit this site to check out an extensive collection of materials and information on the many aspects of the KM field. Search for information from a variety of formats including discussion groups; a Q & A area; news items; documents and code; newsletters; and daily alerts. A handy search box is provided on the main page for quick information retrieval.

Knowledge Management Advantage
Another great site providing a plethora of information on the KM industry. Maintained by a consulting firm, find everything here from a KM overview to articles, links, news, and industry events.

KM Bibliography and Research Guide
Maintained by LLRX, known for its use of subject experts in the research and legal fields, this site is geared to those doing research in the KM field. Provides articles on a number of KM topics, as well as a list of further suggested readings.

 Statistics & Calculators

The Conference Board
This organization is best known for the statistical measures it produces such as the Consumer Confidence Index, the Measure of Business Confidence, and Leading Economic Indicators. A comprehensive database of economic indicators, Global Business Cycle Indicators, is available to subscribers for a fee.

U.S. Economy at a Glance
Get a quick view of the nation's economy from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Has charts on the labor market (unemployment rate, etc.), hours, earnings, and productivity (average weekly earnings, etc.), and prices (consumer price index, producer price index).   Also has news and articles on these topics.

Economic Indicators
"Provides economic information on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money and Federal finance."

Explore this site to find information on a wide range of economic data for Massachusetts.  Provides labor and related information helpful to businesses, job seekers, educators and planners.

An easy-to-search database with statistics from over 70 government agencies. Select A-Z for topics like banking, economy, employment, international trade, labor force, wages, and much more.

Foreign Exchange Currency Converter by Oanda

Universal Currency Converter

Trade Journals & Magazines

Business Week Online
The online version of this well-known newsmagazine offers articles from the current issue and archives; also includes daily news briefings and sections on global business, information technology, and small business resources.  Hatch Library also has Business Week in print.
Has selected articles from Forbes magazine; Hatch Library also has Forbes in print.

Has selected articles from Fortune magazine; Hatch Library also has Fortune in print.

Small Business Advocate
"[A] monthly or bi-monthly newsletter that details economic developments and regulatory trends related to small business as well as the latest initiatives of the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy."

Survey of Current Business
Consult this monthly periodical to obtain information on current trends in industry, business, and the general U.S. economy.


Advancing Women
"Moving women into middle management, to the executive level and into the C suite: CEO, COO, CFO, CIO."  Major topics covered include Job Search; Career Strategies; Business; Entrepreneur; Web; Money; Education; Network; and International. Hosts the AWL Journal (see below for description).

Business and Professional Women's Foundation
This national advocacy group seeks to promote equity for women at work.

Office of Women’s Business Ownership
The OWBO "exists to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses."

Women's Leadership Issues
This online, refereed journal addresses issues related to women's leadership from all professional and international perspectives.

Working Mother
Includes articles from the current issue of the print magazine.

Working Women
This union advocacy site from the AFL-CIO has statistical profiles on the pay gap, equal pay information, and survey reports on working women.  Use their interactive form to find out what the pay gap between men and women will cost you over your lifetime.

The Glass Ceiling Commission
Created by the Catherwood Library at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, this electronic archive has materials from the Glass Ceiling Commission, created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1991; contains recommendations, reports, and studies on barriers and opportunities for minorities and women in employment.

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