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Finding the Right Address: Part 2—Commercial Databases

There are numerous real estate databases that provide various and extensive types of information, many intended for real estate professionals. Others cater to builders, developers, and those engaged in due diligence. These sites can be mined for a wealth of market information. Mostly they are of two categories: real estate information and construction data.

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Is Anyone Out There? Let the SBA Help You Find Out!

It can seem a daunting task to discover how many business entities exist in your market, how large they are, what they worry about, or how long they have been in business. The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy can help you discover the answers to these and many other questions.
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Finding Statistics for Market Research

For a very long time I had a permanent frowny face when I thought of collecting statistics for market research. Most business and marketing students are taught to collect and analyze raw data, but I have found that there are … Continue reading

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Too Much Information! Finding the Lowdown on Federal Contractors

The federal government site USAspending.gov is an almost bottomless well of business intelligence. This massive database is a bit intimidating, but with a little effort you will be rewarded with a lot of information that you can use to find business opportunities. Continue reading

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Is Big Brother Watching? State Information on Business

Most states have business information online, usually maintained by the secretary of State, that will help you identify companies and check on the status of potential clients. If you are planning on a large scale effort or contract with a firm, it is prudent to find out all you can about them. The first place to look is the directory of registered businesses. It usually includes articles of incorporation, standing with the state, name changes, and mergers. Continue reading

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Finding Business News

Where can you find more information about a person or business? Typing their name into a search engine will yield their web site and other places they are mentioned—so do that first. The first place to look would be in newspapers. Visit the library online databases. Most have several newspaper indexes. These indices are always more useful than just searching newspaper websites because they are tabulated by professional indexers.
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I Need Names!

Your firm provides a service or product and you want to know what companies fall into a niche market you have identified. Most public and academic libraries now offer online resources, either in the library, or from your home or work computer. Most public libraries offer Reference USA, which includes a business database with 14 million records, a residential database with 100 million households, as well as databases for healthcare, new businesses, Canadian businesses and international companies. Continue reading

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