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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.
  • NC LIVE Business Portal  
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  • Hoover's Company Profiles
    This database contains proprietary information about more than 40,000 public and non-public companies and 225,000 key executives. Hoover's, widely recognized as a leader in company data, delivers in depth industry analyses, information on a company's location, summary financials, top competitors, top officers and more.
  • Reference USA
    Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

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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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Individual counseling, classes and more, for new and experienced business owners.

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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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