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Which Database Do You Need?

Business resources generally serve up more than one kind of information, but no single source provides everything. Use this page to track down the right library database or internet resource for the specific kind of business information you seek.

Basic Company Information

Rankings and Market Share

Most industry profiles in databases have information on market size. You can also use the Economic Census data for industry and local business statistics (based on NAICS).

It is not always easy to find market size information on niche or emerging industries and markets. When this happens, search Business Source Premier and LexisNexis Academic for mention in articles.

Industry Profiles and Projections

Industry Financial Ratios

Export & Import Data

Manufacturing and International Trade Report

This new annual report contains manufacturing data on the value of product shipments. The data are published on a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) basis from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series and the 2013 Annual Survey of Manufactures. The MITR also includes official U.S. export and import merchandise trade statistics.

Industry/Trade Associations

Industry (or Trade) associations can be a valuable source of information. While industry-specific data and reports these associations publish may be unavailable due to membership requirements or high fees, often there is free information at their websites that can be useful.

An internet search can often find these trade associations, or you can check the following sources:

  • Federation of International Trade Associations - FITA (The Federation of International Trade Associations) has 450 association members and 450,000 linked company members dedicated to the promotion of international trade, import-export, international logistics management, international finance and more. One good place to find out about what ITAs exist and how to find information about them.
  • Associations-Business and Economics (Internet Public Library2) - a searchable directory of authoritative websites

Business Location Services

Webinar: Census Business Builder 2.2: What's coming in July
Register to attend the live training webinar, "Census Business Builder 2.2: What's Coming in July" on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) (11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON PACIFIC TIME)
  • Speaker: Andrew W. Hait, Data Product and Data User Liaison, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Learning outcomes: The Census Bureau provides a wealth of useful data, but accessing them can often be challenging if you don't know what's available or where to find it. This webinar will provide a demo of the current Census Business Builder (CBB) version 2.1 and a preview of version 2.2. CBB makes it easier for librarians and their customers to access the selected demographic and business data they need. Coming in July 2017, CBB 2.2 includes new data content (Agriculture and International Trade) and features (including the ability to add reference layers and data) not included in version 2.1. This webinar will cover both the Small Business and Regional Analyst Editions of CBB, and participants will learn how to use CBB with their clients, including tips and tricks to make the job easier.
  • Expected level of knowledge for participants: No prerequisite knowledge required
Closed captioning will be available.
The webinar is free, but registration is required. (In order to participate in a GPO-hosted webinar, you must install a WebEx plug-in. Download instructions.)

Nonprofit Corporations and NGOs

Financial and Investment Information

Tax and Accounting