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This site lists very helpful access to useful financial ratios, business statistics & benchmarks.
Recommended by the Small Business Administration, has a variety of sample business plans to assist the entrepreneur. Click on "Sample Plans" at the top of the page to access a wide variety of examples.
Business Source Premier  MPL Special Link
Business Source Premier is EBSCO's top of the line business database, offering full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Topics include all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily. Provided as part of Wisconsin's BadgerLink program.
Library subscription. Available for use within City of Milwaukee libraries and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.
Business Wizard for Wisconsin
From, the Business Wizard tool identifies permit, license, tax and employment requirements specific to your business.
County Business Patterns
County Business Patterns, from the United States Department of Commerce, covers most of the country's economic activity. Beginning in 1998, data are tabulated by industry as defined in the North American Industry Classification System: (NAICS). Data for 1997 and earlier years are based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System.
Demographics for Wisconsin
This Wisconsin Demographic Services Center site provides estimates of population, housing units, and households for Wisconsin (City, County, Zip Code, or entire State). The site also links to general and employment data from Federal Census 2010.
DemographicsNow  MPL Special Link
From Gale/Cengage Learning comes a multifunctional database that can pull all the information together which anyone would need to start a business, research a market or search out demographic data. DemographicsNOW can search a directory database of over 206 million individuals or 135 million households. For business information, 23 million companies can be targeted by name, address, telephone, line of business, size of company or financial data. All of the data sits atop a powerful mapping capability (based on the 2010 U.S. Census) and the Experian Marketing Services Mosaic(R) USA consumer lifestyle profiles, all of which provides the serious market researcher with a very powerful tool. Results can be printed as pdfs or exported to a spreadsheet program.
Library subscription. Available for use within City of Milwaukee libraries and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.
Entrepreneurs Help Page
This Web site distributes basic information on legal, financial, and management issues that are of interest to entrepreneurs. Started by a group of young entrepreneurs hoping to provide others with valuable information.
Franchise Handbook
The Franchise Handbook is a useful site for learning about franchise opportunities.
Gale Business Insights: Global  MPL Special Link
Research and analyze companies, industries, and economies around the world with Business Insights: Global from Gale Cengage Learning. If you liked Business & Company Resource Center and Gale Business Insights: Essentials, you will find even more in this version, which includes chart data and case studies reflecting worldwide business activity, as well as the articles and analysis for which Gale is known.
Library subscription. Available for use within City of Milwaukee libraries and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.
Global Sources
Product and trade information for volume buyers. Includes the Trade Show Center, a global source for trade shows and exhibitions.
Green Book
The GreenBook® Worldwide Directory of Marketing Research Companies and Services cross-indexes thousands of companies from all around the world.
Historic Annual Reports Index
Index to the Wisconsin Business Annual Reports Collection in print. This collection spans six decades and concentrates on Wisconsin-based companies. With a few exceptions, the index lists publically traded companies that were either headquartered in Wisconsin or were subsidiaries of other out-of-state companies.
Industry Snapshots
Easy access to data from the U.S. Census Bureau Economic Census. Revenue, Payroll, Numbers of employees and Establishments for each industry are provided.
Kompass  MPL Special Link
This international Web site links to information on companies in 60 countries, Basic searching can be done by product, service, company, trade, or brand name.
Library subscription. Available for use within City of Milwaukee libraries and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.
Market Research, Industry Research, Business Research
Site features a step-by-step process to conducting research on an industry or a specific company along with links and resources. Helpful for those considering entering new industries, competitive intelligence professionals, market researchers, economic development professionals, students, investors, etc.
Milwaukee Neighborhood Strategic Planning Statistics
Here you will find access to a wide variety of information for each of the 18 Neighborhood Strategic Planning (NSP) in the city. By clicking on a name of the NSP, you can view a summary of housing, criminal, census data, safety and health information.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.
Producer Price Index
The Producer Price Index is a family of indexes that measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services.
Purchasing Power Profiles-Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute developed comparison data on estimated resident expenditures for 16 categories of common consumer items for 53 residential ZIP codes in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, at the request of the Milwaukee Department of City Development. The profiles are designed to help businesses, developers, and organizations assess the advantages of urban density for underserved city neighborhoods and to spur economic development in central city Milwaukee.
Purchasing Power Profiles-U.S.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute provides comparison data on purchasing power, business activity, and workforce density for all census tracts, residential ZIP codes, and the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. The profiles are designed to help cities, companies, developers, small business owners, and community organizations assess the advantages of urban density for underserved city neighborhoods.
ReferenceUSA  MPL Special Link
The ReferenceUSA databases provide information on over 24 million U.S. businesses, 262 million U.S. consumers, 1.5 million Canadian businesses, and 12 million Canadian households. Easy to use helpful tips for name, address and phone checks (the quick search function of the U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles module), but ideal for creating customized and downloadable mailing lists for increasing customers, enhancing market research, and developing business to business leads. These sample searches provide guides for using the database in a variety of ways. Job seekers! Here are some ideas for using ReferenceUSA to find that new job or business lead. For developing new customers, use the advanced features of the U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles module - it offers very powerful marketing capabilities.
Library subscription. Available for use within City of Milwaukee libraries and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.
Regional Business News  MPL Special Link
Interested in news with a business focus? Looking for a local take on companies or business conditions around the country? Want to see newswire releases? Regional Business News from EBSCO is your source.
Library subscription. Available for use within City of Milwaukee libraries and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.
Salary reports covering many occupations are found on this site. Find out how much you are worth, search for job opportunities, and educate yourself about how to improve your value.
SIC (Standard Industrial Classification Search)
This site from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) allows the user to search the 1987 version of the SIC manual. Searchable by keyword or the 4-digit SIC code, users can research categories of industry.
This directory provides detailed product and company information from over 700,000 global industrial suppliers from 28 countries, organized within 11,000 product categories.
The ThomasNet, features American manufacturing companies in 70,000 product and service categories. Search to find products, web sites, brand names, supplier catalogs and more.
UWM - Center for Economic Development
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Economic Development (UWMCED) provides unique statistical reports on economic issues involving the City of Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center provides counseling and low cost classes to state entrepreneurs at all levels from start-up to established companies.
Wisconsin State Incorporation Masterfile
This file from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions allows the user to search for corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies registered through the State of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is an economic development corporation providing quality business education, technical assistance and access to capital for entrepreneurs.
This site from the Wisconsin State Department of Workforce Development provides statistical data on businesses and job opportunities in Wisconsin.

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