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Business (general)



ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry

Full-text business magazines and newsletters with a trade or industry focus.

Associations Unlimited
Directory information for U.S. and international associations.

Business Insights: Global
Information about companies and industries including financial data, industry rankings, statistics, and magazine articles.

Statistical information for business research, new businesses, marketing, and sales. Locate businesses, analyze markets, target customers and more.

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

Foreign Currency Exchange Rates
Exchange rates from the Federal Reserve.

International business information including country research, statistics, and economics from the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University.


Search for U.S. and Canadian businesses and U.S. residents. Over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses and over 267 million U.S. individuals. Download up to 250 records at a time.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Financial information including stock, bond and mutual fund reports as well as coverage of industries and companies.

Standard Rate and Data Service (SRDS)

Directory of media, advertising and periodical publishers. Use this tool to find sales and contact information for a variety of media platforms and formats.  Select the type of media on the left hand side, then drill down to find company listings in the specific geography you are considering.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
An encyclopedia containing articles by over 100 economists, plus biographies of over 80 famous economists.

United States Patent & Trademark Office
Search for patents and trademarks, how to guides, inventor support and more.



Finance & Investing

Rates for mortgages, auto loans, home equity loans, savings, credit cards, checking accounts and more.

Investing in

Geared toward many types of investors--from beginners to experts, is a unique source of bond price information and includes a wide variety of market data, news, commentary and information about bonds.

Investor education information including a dictionary, news articles, tutorials and more.

Information and online tools for investors.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Investment data and reports on more than 30,000 mutual funds, stocks and ETFs. Also includes portfolio management tools.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Financial information including stock, bond and mutual fund reports as well as coverage of industries and companies.

Value Line
Investment ratings, research, statistics, and forecasts for thousands of stocks and mutual funds.

Yahoo! Finance
Current and historical stock quotes, financial news and more.



Fundraising & Nonprofits



Foundation Directory Online
Interactive and searchable database for grant seekers and fundraisers from the Foundation Center covering 100,000 grantmakers. Both the Foundation Directory Online and the Fundraising Resource Center print collection are available only at the Central Library. For more information call 386-4636.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Interactive and searchable database for individual grant seekers such as artists, students, writers, and researchers from the Foundation Center. Both the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and the Fundraising Resource Center print collection are available only at the Central Library. For more information call 386-4636.


A searchable database of private foundations and religious funders that are currently accepting grant proposals. Additional information includes articles and tips for the grant seeker, links to state funding, and deadlines for federal grants. for Nonprofits
U.S. Government grants, loans, and other resources for nonprofit organizations.

Washington Secretary of State - Charities and Trusts

Information about charities, charitable trusts, and charitable solicitation in Washington State.



Local Resources (Business)



Business in Seattle

Local financing and technical help; licensing information, environmental regulations and grants from the City of Seattle, Office of Economic Development.

Puget Sound Business Journal and Book of Lists
Online access to the Puget Sound Business Journal and Book of Lists. Coverage of local business community and ranking of Seattle-area businesses.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Find articles and information on business, construction, real estate, engineering, architecture, and more.



Small Business



Business Licenses
From the Washington State Department of Licensing.

Business Plans Handbook

Sample business plans for entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking funding. Real-world examples of plans from a wide variety of manufacturing, retail, and service industries.

Business Records Database
Search for businesses using the Washington State Department of Revenue's Business Records Database.

City of Seattle Business License Database
Search for licensed businesses.

City of Seattle Licensing Information
Apply for a business license.

Guide to Seattle's Business License & Taxes
Find answers to many of your business license and taxes questions such as how to file a tax return, what is an admission tax, what's the difference between an "exemption" and a "deduction".

RMA eStatement Studies

Benchmark financial statements and ratios for businesses. These annual statement studies give detailed financial data for entrepreneurs and startups to plan and compare against real-world measures.

Starting a Food Business
List of agencies to contact when starting a food business. From Public Health, Seattle and King County.


Research statistics, data, and related information for business. Includes information on industries, markets, consumer habits, and more.

Washington Secretary of State - Corporations

Provides information on how to register or renew your corporation and search for registered corporations.


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