• ABI/Inform Trade and Industry

    ABI/Inform Trade and Industry

    Current market trends, company benchmarks and financial ratios in business magazines, trade journals and market reports. Answer questions like: •What new technologies are impacting the microbrewery market? •Does the forecast look good for opening a fitness center? •How much does the average daycare charge for tuition in the US?

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  • Best Customers

    Best Customers

    Consumer expenditures for products and services. Identifies the best customers for products and services by age, household income, education and more.

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  • Business Plans Handbook

    Business Plans Handbook

    Actual business plans from a wide variety of manufacturing, retail, and service industries. Answer questions like: •Where can I find an example of a pressure washing business plan? •Where can I find a sample market analysis for a martial arts studio? •What equipment do I need to open a children’s hair salon?

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  • Data Axle (formerly ReferenceUSA)

    Data Axle (formerly ReferenceUSA)

    Competitors, prospects, suppliers or partners, searchable by type of business and geography. Answer questions like: •What t-shirt companies are in Rainier Beach? •How many women-owned businesses are in King County? •How much do juice bars typically spend on advertising?

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  • Demographics Now

    Demographics Now

    Demographic information including spending by product, age, income level, level of education and behavioral information. Useful for choosing a business location, locating target customers, and sizing your market. Answer questions like: •How much money do households spend on pet supplies in the West Seattle neighborhood? •What’s the best location for a toy store in Ballard? •How do I compare neighborhood populations and craft marketing strategies to reach those that live there?

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  • LinkedIn Learning

    LinkedIn Learning

    Hundreds of free, online classes on topics such as management, marketing, web design, and software.

    Format: Website or Online Data

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  • Puget Sound Business Journal (in-library use only)

    Puget Sound Business Journal (in-library use only)

    Local business community news and Seattle-area business rankings. Answer questions like: •What are the top ranked women-owned businesses in the Puget Sound ranked by revenue? •What are Washington’s best workplaces under 50 employees? •What are some of the top business trends in Seattle?

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  • RMA eStatement Studies

    RMA eStatement Studies

    Benchmark financial statements and ratios for businesses. Detailed financial data for entrepreneurs and startups to plan and compare against real-world measures. FAQ with ratio definitions. Answer questions like: •Where can I find business ratios for the florist industry? •How do I compare my business financial plan to companies in my industry?

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  • Safari Books Online

    Safari Books Online

    Access more than 2,000 digital books on business, computing, databases,

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  • Seattle Office of Economic Development - Business Decision Engine

    Seattle Office of Economic Development - Business Decision Engine

    Find local information on Seattle's business climate, industry trends, customers, competition and much more.

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