Starting & Running a Small Business


General Guides
BagerLink provides access to magazine and newspaper indexes, plus many full-text articles, about business and industry. Your library card may be needed to use this service.
Bizjournals provides business news from 41 local US markets and 46 industries.
Business Owner’s Toolkithas thousands of pages of information and tools to help you start, run and grow a successful small business.
The UW-Parkside SBDC, in conjunction with its partners, has assembled a number of resources to facilitate an entrepreneurial pathway. For a listing of resource links, click the IDEA tab and select where you are along the business development process.

Business Opportunities
Buybuysell is a site for finding established businesses for sale, franchises and business brokers.
Entrepreneur’s Magazine’s webiste. Click on Franchises or Startups tabs.

Entrepreneurship A list compiled by the Racine Public Library that bring together the print and electronic resources needed for research in this areas.
The Franchise Handbook  is a comprehensive guide to franchise opportunities and related information.
This Federal Trade Commission site provides information you need when evaluating franchise opportunities.


Business Plans features sample business plans.
Business Plan Basics explains the purpose of a business plan & links to a business plan outline.
Business plan templates: Provides templates for business plans and financial and accounting statements to use in creating your own documents.

Demographic Data
American Factfinder lists information from the current census.
Population Reference Bureau lists information on world population.
State and County Census Quick Facts
Wisconsin Department of Administration Demographic Services
Statistical Abstract of the United States (If you would like to see a paper version of this please check at the Adult Services Reference Desk.

Market Research / Marketing
Bureau of Ecomonic Analysis: Industry-wide, regional national, and international economic statistics.
Enter county business patterns in the search box at the top of the page.
Financial ratios, business statistics and benchmarks
Provides national data for most industries
International Trade Administration provides information on import/export.
North American industry classification system. The Library has the 2002 print version available at R 670 N811. Ask at the Reference Desk if you need assistance. allows you to search for local market competitors.
US Business Reporter gives quick market share figures for US industries.
US Patent and Trademark Office
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions hosts a database of corporate names registered in Wisconsin

Legal Information
Legal and regulatory information for America’s small businesses for the US government.

346.7306 ST356LF7                         Steingold, Fred
Legal forms for starting and running a small business

346.7306 L522                                  Steingold, Fred
Legal Guide for starting and running a small business

346.73 J859S                                     Hsieh, Lawrence
The small-business contracts handbook

Provides information about a variety of loan programs available through the Small Business Administration.
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation’s microloan program.

657  H251A                                     Hart, Leita
Accounting demystified: a self teaching guide.

658.15224 ST82G                           Strauss, Steven
Get your business funded: creative methods for getting the money you need

657.9042 N33LG                            Nelson, Stephen
QuickBooks 2011 all-in-one for dummies