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Databases (most require KPL library card)

Business Insights: Global

Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals.

ReferenceUSA - Business and Residential (Home Access)

Search by company name, yellow page heading or geographic location. Search residential listings by name, address or telephone.

Newspapers and Magazines

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Black Enterprise

Business Outlook: Quarterly Report for West Michigan

Business Week

CPI Detailed Report (DOC) L2.3 8/3

Crain's Chicago Business

Crain's Detroit Business

Economic Indicators (DOC) Y 4. EC7:


Employment and Earnings (DOC) L 241/2:



Export America (DOC) C 61.18/2:



Harvard Business Review


Kiplinger Washington Letter


Michigan Business Report (DOC) HD5725.M5P37

Minority Business Entreprenreur:MBE

Monthly Labor Review (DOC)L 2.5:

PPI Detailed Report (DOC) L2.61

Wall Street Journal

Community Resources

Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center

Minority Business Alliance of Southwest Michigan

Professional Development & Training Center



Michigan Business One Stop

Michigan's premier government online service dedicated fully to the successful operation of new and existing businesses. Everything  needed to do business in Michigan is right here in this one stop shop -- from information about licensing and permits, to tax registration and unemployment insurance.  

Business Planning

Bplans: Sample Business Plans

60 + free sample business plans.

Business Entity - MI Labor & Economic Growth

Search for records of corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships authorized to transact business in the State of Michigan.

Business Owners' Idea Café

A fun approach to serious business. Helpful hints and useful products to start and run small businesses.

Business Plans - from MI-SBTDC

Tools that can help you focus on what you want your business to be and help you manage and implement your goals.

Business Plans - How to from SBA

The Small Business Administration's information on how to construct business plans.

Business Plans from Moot Corporation

Business plans from competition winners.

CCH Business Owner's Toolkit

Extensive tips, hints, products, and resources of starting and maintaining a successful business.

Economic Indicators

Key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau

Economic Profiler

This profiler is a tool that enables you to view economic and market information in a way that best meets your needs.'s Operations Resource Center

Creating your business plan, including editor's picks, about topics that impact day to day operations of your business.

Guide to Starting a Small Business

Helpful information about business planning.

Michigan Business Resource Center

Resources for starting a new business in the State of Michigan.

SCORE Workshops

Start and grow your business with these free online workshops.

Small Business Coaching Center Blog

A very informative blog that contains professional advice and practical suggestions to the small business owner.

Small Business Readiness Assessment

This interactive program provides basic education about the "nuts and bolts" of launching a small business. The user moves through the tool by answering a checklist of questions regarding their business goals, legal, insurance, sales, marketing and accounting issues.




Looking for business news and trends, information about franchising, marketing, home business ideas, and more? This site has a bit of everything having to do with the business world and entrepreneurial startups.

Franchise Direct

Comphrehensive franchise opportunity directory. Browse profiles, research opportunities, and locate franchises.

Franchise for Sale

Search hundreds of franchises and business opportunities for sale.  

Franchise Opportunities

Extensive listing of franchises and information resources.  


American Marketing Association

Relevant marketing information, including marketing trends, strategies, training, and products.

Creative Ways from Marcia Yudkin

Marketing and publishing ideas.

Drayton Bird Partnership

Questions and answers about marketing your business products,  web links and marketing strategies articles.  


Marketing tips and guides from Entrepreneur Magazine.

Guerrilla Marketing

Information products about marketing and advertising to the interested enterpriser.

Market It Right

A full-service, fully automated virtual marketing communications service with many marketing tools and resources.

Marketing Profs Newsletter

Strategic and tactical marketing know-how to Internet and offline marketing professionals.


Useful case studies, and best practices data about marketing, advertising, and media relations.

Trade Show Directory

A directory of trade shows.

Yahoo Advertising

Money and Finance Income Statements

Overview of income statements.

Consumer Price Indexes

Monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

Count Me In - Business Loans for Women

Champions the cause for women's economic independence by providing access to business loans, consultation and education.

CPA Directory

Comprehensive national online directory of licensed accountants on the Internet.

EconomicResources on the Web - U of M

Many useful links that contain information about business and economic related statisitics, compiled data, reports, and trends.


Download free templates of financial statements in pdf or word from S.C.O.R.E.

Annual Credit Report is the official site to help consumers to obtain their free credit report.

Funding for Business and Economic Development

Links about funding for businesses and economic development.

Income Statement Analysis

An online directory of financial statement resources.

Entrepreneur Magazine

The in's and out's of cash flow statements from Entrepreneur Magazine. 

Other Business Resources

Better Business Bureau

Dedicated to fostering fair and honest relationships between businesses and consumers.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts.

Business Information from the Census Bureau

Locate statistical data, financial reports, and industry information.

Business Templates and Images

Human resource forms.


Official business link to the U.S. Government.

Census Demographics Information - Wayne State

Center for Urban Studies provides demogrphics. Michigan Metropolitan Information Center (MIMIC) files contain the full complement of census tables organized by geography – counties, census tracts, block groups, etc.

Commerce Business Daily

Notices of proposed government procurement actions, contract awards, sales of government property, and more.

Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated

Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated is a private, non-profit organization that works with both the public and private sectors in preserving and enhancing the economic health of Kalamazoo’s downtown area and, in turn, the Kalamazoo community.

International Trade Administration

Business resources that help U.S. businesses participate fully in the growing global marketplace.

IRS - Starting a Business

This page provides links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business.

Kalamazoo Demographics

Demographic information provided via Kalamazoo County Government

Michigan eLibrary Resources

MeL has data and information on starting a business.

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center

Full range of services for a variety of small businesses that are emerging and growing throughout Michigan.

National Green Pages

National Green Pages is a directory listing nearly 3,000 businesses that have made firm commitments to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

Business classification system.

Standard Industrial Classification Search

Business classification system.

Ultimate Trade Show Directory

Find dates and locations for upcoming trade shows.

FREE Trade Magazine Subscriptions & Technical Document Downloads.

U.S. Dept. of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Links to labor statisitcs including demographics, unemployment, inflation, consumer spending, occupations, and census.

United States Census Bureau

Census data compiled on people, employment, geography, business, housing, and much more.

W.E Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Employment research data center.


Business Owner's Toolkit - Pricing Your Product

Extensive tips, hints, products, and resources that cover all aspects of starting, maintaining, and pricing a business.

Professional Pricing Society

Resource center dedicated to pricing professionals.

Small Business Regulations

ELaws from the U.S. Dept of Labor

Employment laws assistance for workers & small businesses

Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth

Michigan Consumer and Industry, Dept of-Professional & Occupational Licenses;Construction Codes; Liquor Control; Finance & Insurance Services. A one-stop shop for business creation and development.

Michigan Dept. of Treasury

Information about Michigan tax forms, financial and public institutions, local government news, and administrative services for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Michigan Workplace Safety and Health (MIOSHA)

Occupational regulations, legislation, events, & news.

Patent and Trademark Office

Information about trademarks, patents, contact information, or the policies and laws that regulate intellectual property matters.

Small Business Enviroweb

Site provides access to information regarding pollution prevention and environmental compliance for the small business owner.

U.S. Dept. of Labor - OSHA

Information about safety regulations, occupational safety requirements, current legislatation, OSHA facts, and more.

U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Information about initiatives, regulations, and safety programs.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Maintains and distributes EPA publications in hardcopy, CD ROM and other multi-media formats. Inventory includes over 7,000 titles.

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The Kalamazoo Chapter of SCORE offers free counseling, workshops, and other resources to entrepreneurs and small business owners.