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  • ABI/Inform Complete
    This database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.
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  • Hoover's Company Profiles
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Spark and Hustle: launch and grow your small business now - Tory Johnson
Call Number: 658.1 JOHNS
Offers strategies for women to start and maintain their own businesses, explaining how to develop a business plan, find startup funds, and use social media to help increase profits.

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The Small Business Start-Up Guide - Thompson, Matthew
Call Number: 658.11 THOMP
The Small Business Start-Up Guide is a fact-filled account of the dos and don’ts of starting a small business in the twenty-first century. The pertinent information is presented without the clutter of gregarious psychological booster material. A complete overview of everything you need to know to start successfully, it will save you time, effort, and money.

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How to Write a Business Plan - Mike McKeever
Call Number: 658.152 MCKEE
If you're thinking of starting a business or raising money to expand an existing one, you need a plan. Running a successful business requires a great deal of forethought, so write a business plan and secure your venture's future. How to Write a Business Plan will show you how to write the right plan for your business and design a loan package necessary to finance your business and make it work.

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The marketing plan : how to prepare and implement it - William M. Luther
Call Number: 658.802 LUTHE
Now fully updated, the Fourth Edition of Luther's classic text will help businesses navigate the perilous new landscape of Web 2.0 business strategies, and guide them to develop a working marketing plan.

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  • SCORE templates
    Includes profit and loss projections, cash flow projections, breakeven analysis, financial statements, and more templates.



Federal Resources:

  • U.S. Census Bureau demographics Data from the Census of Population and Housing, the American Community Survey, and the Economic Census. Use Factfinder for statistics about population, housing, industry, and business.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration A treasure chest of information, tutorials, publications, forms, and links.

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