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Starting a New Business

This guide contains resources to assist entrepreneurs in Michigan with writing Business Plans, perfoming market research, & understanding the legal niceties.

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This guide was prepared by LIS Practicum student, Beth Applebaum.

INDUSTRY CODES

U.S. GOVERNMENT DATA--INDUSTRY

US GOVERNMENT DATA--DEMOGRAPHICS

STATE OF MICHIGAN DATA SOURCES

MICHIGAN ELIBRARY DATABASES--FREE TO MICHIGAN RESIDENTS

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ACCESSIBLE DATABASES--WSU ACCESSID REQUIRED

NOTE: Community Members may access the content of these databases by singing in to use one of the Researcher Computers located in the Purdy/Kresge Library located on the WSU Main Campus.

I have found the following searches to be great starting places for most entrepreneurs:

  • Industry, Market, or Product Name AND (outlook OR trends OR forecast OR potential)
  • Industry, Market. or Product Name AND (sales OR size OR growth)
  • Industry, Market. or Product Name AND (data OR statistics)
  • Industry, Market, or Product Name AND demographics

Simply cut and paste one of these into the search box of either Business Source Complete or ABI/Inform and replace the information in Italics with your Industry or product/service.

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES AND DATABASES

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

BUSINESS DIRECTORIES

IMPORTS AND EXPORTS