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.

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.


Accounting Standards Codification
The single official source of authoritative, nongovernmental U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Produced by the FASB.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
The professional organization that regulates all certified public accountants.

Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFAI)
The professional organization that regulates all chartered financial analysts.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
The government body that regulates derivatives trading.

Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB)
An advisory committee that regulates accounting standards for the U.S. federal government.

Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF)
The organization that provides oversight and regulation for other regulatory and professional bodies such as the AICPA, CFAI, and GASB.

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
A nonprofit organization that creates the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that are used for all public accounting in the U.S.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
One of the few private corporations owned by the U.S.; sells insurance to depository institutions, ensuring that the deposits of each person would be insured up to $250,000 in the event that something happened to the institution.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
A nongovernmental organization that’s in charge of setting and enforcing regulations among its member groups, which include brokerage firms and exchange markets.

Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
The non-profit organization that regulates the accounting of state and local governments.

Guide Star
The world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Handles all tax reporting, tax accounting, tax collection, and pretty much all taxation issues other than actually determining the tax rates.

Massachusetts Society of CPAs
The state's premiere professional organization of more than 11000 members in public accounting.

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
An association dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the country’s 55 state boards of accountancy.

National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
A government-backed organization that regulates credit unions.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Part of the U.S. Treasury; regulates all national commercial banks.

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Oversees the audits of public companies and broker-dealers in order to protect the interests of investors.

Regulatory Agencies and Standards Settings
More links on regulation and standards from the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF).

Securities and Exchange Commission
Sets the standards for corporate public financial reporting, the rules for investment, and the regulations for securities exchanges.


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.

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." Hosted by Linked in.

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.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, search CareerOneStop to explore careers, do a job search, or find out about job training opportunities. 


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:

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:

The World Factbook
The Factbook, produced and maintained by the CIA, provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

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

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.

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 for review.  Some materials available for purchase only.

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
From the US GPO, "it provides economic information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics."

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.


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."

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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